Monday, 9 July 2012

Review: The Ferry (Cookham, Berkshire)


(cookham, berkshire)


From Brigitte’s perspective



Date of visit: 24th June 2012

Time had come for us to celebrate Danielle’s Sixteenth Birthday with the family from Basingstoke.  So it was decided to choose a venue that was half way between Hertford and Basingstoke.  My sister in-law suggested The Ferry in Cookham (Maidenhead) as she had eaten there in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The Ferry is right on the banks of the River Thames, and as an added bonus we had the pleasure of seeing the glorious Gloriana from the Diamond Jubilee parade row past. 

Sunday Roast Turkey
The Ferry’s subtle lighting and spacious layout give it a comfortable and unpretentious ambiance. Expect to find no one single cuisine, but a blend designed to provide something for everybody, no matter what your tastes may be.  The service was cheerful, brisk and totally in keeping with the friendly nature of a good English pub.  They were also more than happy for us to provide our own Birthday cake, and made a big fuss for Danielle when they brought it to the table.  Modern day pubs usually share a number of characteristics and an important feature is space, preferably a restaurant where you are comfortable, not over-awed, and not sharing elbow space with the next table, however sociable they may be. Good, too, to have a garden, in this case a riverside one adjacent to the bridge at Cookham.   The term 'gastropub' covers a multitude of blessings and it is possible to see influences of brasserie, bistro, restaurant and even café at work within the great gastro umbrella.


Calves Liver


They have a extensive menu, with a nice choice of different meals to appeal to most people.  David, Danielle and myself had their classic burger with nice thick chips.  The burger comes with gherkin, mustard mayo, cheese, relish.. My Mum-in-law had the calves liver, brother-in-law fish and chips, the freshly battered haddock came with minted mushy peas, chips and tartar sauce (looking at the picture, they were a bit mean with the peas and chips) and my sister-in-law the Sunday Roast turkey.  

Fish and Chips

From Danielle’s perspective


The Ferry was lovely, I must say that the waitress was hilarious, and made it all the more entertaining! The food was standard really, rather tastey and all that but really what you would expect from a resurant with their selectons.  Would like to go back but it is a tad far away in Berkshire. The surroundings are beautiful and after lunch we went for a walk and that was really nice! 

Classic Burger



Overall Experience

Very pleasant pub, if you are in the area, worth a visit.  For six of us including two bottles of wine our bill came to £134.65.  We only had mains, and coffees at the end.  I think that is quite reasonably priced.



The Ferry Sutton Road, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9SN

Tel: 01628 525123


Ferry on Urbanspoon


Rating Guide


5 Stars - Perfect
4.5 Stars - Exceptional
4 Stars - Excellent
3.5 Stars - Very good
3 Stars - Good
2.5 Stars - Average
2 Stars - Bad
1.5 Stars - Very bad
1 Star - Dire

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