Since moving to Cookham, we’ve been exploring the areas north of Maidenhead, driving along dark lanes to find pubs buried in the woodland, and so on the advice of one of AT’s work colleagues, we tried a new pub on the weekend. It’s called The Blackwood Arms and is secreted between Littleworth Common and Twelve Acre wood on the outskirts of Burnham Beeches. Close to Dorney Wood, The Blackwood Arms has been the local watering hole for Chancellors, not far from Cliveden it was also a secret meeting place for the Profumo lovers, and with a classic country pub ambience, a good selection of ales and excellent food on offer – it’s no surprise that one visit, is all it takes, to make the Blackwood Arms your new favourite pub.
The bar was decorated with hops, a wonderful tradition that you don’t see much around this area, and the flames of the open fire were roaring making this pub a place you want to be on a cool, dark night. Daffodils greet the guests at each table, along with trivia cards and menus. I was adventurous and ordered the ale taster, that comprised a selection of three Brakspear ales. With at least five ales on offer for most of the year, along with ciders, lagers and draught Guinness, The Blackwood Arms appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for serving the most different real ales- a total of 1003 ales – in one year and won the CAMRA ‘Publican of the Year’ award in 2012. But it’s not just the beer that’s good – it’s the food. We tried the hand-raised pork pie for starters, which was enormous, and meant we could barely fit in our main meals which were also generous serves. AT had the lamb rump and I had the beef and ale pie, both delicious, home-made and served with loads of fresh, perfectly cooked vegetables, the boys had burgers and chips made with 100% beef mince.
The website claims that at The Blackwood Arms, they are passionate about serving ‘home-made traditional and seasonal pub food‘ and by golly they can stand by that claim because it’s all true. The chefs at The Blackwood Arms are making their food with a love and enthusiasm that is rarely witnessed these days and it was a delight to eat, drink and spend an evening there. The staff are friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is second to none. It would be one of the first places I would take any visitors from Australia or otherwise, because it really does feel like the quintessential British pub. The Blackwood Arms is warmly welcoming and the sort of pub that you could spend all afternoon in.
The Blackwood Arms
Common Lane, Littleworth Common
01753 645 672