Crooked Billet
Honey Hill, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3BJ
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  • Beer garden
  • Car park
  • Cocktail bar
  • Disabled facilities
  • Family friendly
  • Food
  • Outside area
  • Real ale
  • Real fire
  • Cask Marque members

The Crooked Billet name originates from medieval times when The King declared that all premises that sold beer must have a sign up outside to inform the public of this. As most people of that time were unable to read, there was no point in giving the pub a name that nobody could understand.

Many publicans decided to hang up pictures so that the general public would recognise what the pub was called. Astute innkeepers would use patriotic and royalist symbols such as a Red Lion or Kings Arms to help attract the loyal subjects, or pagan or wildlife symbols, such as The Green Man or Swan.

The owner of this establishment used real ingenuity however as the term 'Crooked Billet' refers to a twisted or Crooked Tree branch. Rather than pay to have a sign carved he just picked up a bent stick and hung that up.

From then on this establishment became known as the Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet these days is situated on a leafy Berkshire country lane between Crowthorne and Wokingham, and focuses on a warm and friendly welcome, expertly kept real ales, a wide range of new and old world wines, relaxed service and comforting and seasonal British food made from the best of what Local and National producers and suppliers have to offer.

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Beer Day Britain 2018

Happening on 15/06/2018 [Expired]

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Pub Love Competition Launched

Published on 01/02/2018 [Expired]

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Hospitality Award Winners

Published on 09/11/2016 [Expired]

We are delighted to have been chosen from the Brakspear Group as a winner from one of the eight categories, for hospitality. Come and see us, we would love to show you why we won.....