Cookham pub bans farm workers
Anyone heading out to the Bucks/Berks area this Bank Holiday weekend with children or grandchildren would do well to avoid the Crown in Cookham. It features in today's Daily Mail for banning two local farm workers who entered wearing their work clothes, and not scruffy, dirty ones but smart and clean polo shirts and casual trousers.
The Crown is well placed for dog walkers as it's close to the river, and popular too with people coming to stroll through this quaint old village but it's never been one of most sought-after pubs in the area. We've visited often to eat as it's had good value offers for lunch and dinner. But I dare say after the new face-lift, the prices will have gone up in their attempt to go up-market!
We'd suggest families head instead to the Bounty – a much more family-friendly place a few paces along the river bank. You're guaranteed a warm welcome there: they even have notices saying that dogs are welcome inside, you don't have to remove your dirty boots, and you can use the loos even if you're not a customer!
It's right on the river bank and there are plenty of tables outside so there's always plenty of river traffic to watch, and the big advantage for families is that there's a big play area outside.
So give the Crown a wide berth and take yout grandchildren instead to the Bounty where you'll be sure of a welcome.