Bird in Hand, Sonning Common.

After a mini makeover, the Bird in Hand is back open!!

I took over the pub at the end of September. Moving here from South East London, where I worked as a supply teacher. Running a pub was something I had talked about with my husband for some time, making plans but never taking that final step.   This year just felt the right time to start, a new education!    

I had viewed a few pubs both in London and Surrey, but there was always something missing.  On my first visit, I knew the Bird was the pub I wanted to run, there was just something really special about the place. I could picture people spending time sitting by the fire in winter having picked a book or a game from the shelf or after a long (or short) walk. Then when I saw the potential of the garden, the ideas started and before I knew it I was planning ahead for next summer!   After a quick look around the picturesque village, it was a done deal, this was the pub for me! 

Our aim is for the Bird to be at the heart of the community; a real home-from-home; a place where families, friends and local groups can meet. Keep up to date with our journey at the Bird and, of course, find some fabulous food offers during the year via our website We are also on Twitter and Instagram @birdinhand_sc and our Facebook page Bird in Hand Sonning Common. Or call us on 07716 925762. We look forward to greeting you and your four-legged friends soon!

Helen & the Team