This delightful Thames-side town, with its spectacular weir, has associations with Kenneth Grahame, who wrote 'The Wind in the Willows'; the illustrations by E.H. Shepherd were based on this beautiful stretch of the river. The river here is absolutely breathtaking as it cuts through the steep woody hills from the Goring Gap upstream. Brunel's Great Western Railway speeds through, and there is an active toll bridge taking motorists across the Thames from the Berkshire bank to Whitchurch. The church has a brightly coloured pinnacled brick tower, and is opposite the house where Kenneth Grahame lived and worked. Pangbourne College, founded in 1917 by Sir Thomas Devitt, stands at the top of a steep hill; it was used to train boys for a career in the Merchant Navy. On the Wallingford road there is a row of Edwardian villas overlooking the river known locally as 'the Seven Deadly Sins '.

Population: 2,505

Early closing day: Thursday

The Copper Inn

The Swan
The Cross Keys
The Star Inn
The Swan Inn

Ducks Ditty
Nino's By The Bridge
Pangbourne Tandoori Restaurant
Peking Garden of Pangbourne

Brambly Hatch