WITH covid restrictions semi-lifted we can visit our favourite watering holes for a pint or two.

But after almost a year of lockdowns, we'll want to make the most of seeing our friends and family and where's better than the pub?

Boozers across Berkshire have finally welcomed back punters to their beer gardens but which ones are the best rated?

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We've scoured Google Reviews to see which pubs have ratings above 4.5 stars to help you choose next time you're planning a weekend out.

The Cricketers. Maidenhead - 4.5 stars

Royal Borough Observer:

This dog-friendly country pub in Littlewick Green has been rated highly on Google.

It's a lovely village pub overlooking the cricket green with ample seating outside. There is also a good choice of ales rather than beers and they have Sunday roasts - what's not to love?

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The Bell Inn, Reading - 4.7 stars

Royal Borough Observer:

This lovely 14th-century pub has a large garden and has been praised for its good selection of ciders.

Reviewers say: "Very friendly staff and a lovely place to sit in the sun and enjoy a drink and similarly: "Always a great evening - so glad to be back - covid arrangements good"

The Oak & Saw, Taplow - 4.6 stars

Royal Borough Observer:

This lovely pub in the middle of Taplow has a great garden and has been rated as one of Berkshire's best pubs on Google Reviews.

One person said: "Very covid safe, wonderful staff and beer and food were excellent. Highly recommend." 

The Swan, Windsor - 4.7 stars

Royal Borough Observer:

This lovely 18th-century pub has received lots of support from the community since reopening. 

One reviewer said: "Great little pub. Support your local boozer. I wish them every success as we come out of lockdown."

They've got a great patio area for outdoor drinking and the atmosphere is described as 'friendly'. 

The Dewdrop Inn, Maidenhead - 4.5 stars

Royal Borough Observer:

Another Maidenhead boozer comes in as a strong contender with almost 300 positive reviews.

It's described on Google as a 17th-century country gastropub with a log fire, ceiling beams and a large beer garden.

One person said: "Food was great" and "Lovely little pub in the middle of woodlands serving really good home made food. Covid safe restrictions."