The perfect choice for lovers of country pursuits, the Queens Arms is located in the beautiful…
“Stylish pub in the heart of racehorse country”
EAST GARSTON, BERKSHIRE
The oldest part of this Lambourn Valley inn was a farmer’s cottage in the 18th century; its name derives from being licensed around 1856, the year of Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee. Freddie Tulloch took over here in August 2015 and has maintained the warm welcome and stylishly traditional setting. In an area with 2,000 racehorses and more than 50 racing yards, this charming pub acts as a quasi-headquarters for British racing with owners, trainers and jockeys among its clientele. With a glass of Doom Bar or Aspall cider in hand, choose from the menu: ham hock and home-made chutney sandwich; a burger from the bar menu or pub favourites – fish pie or beer battered cod and chips. After a gallop, two courses could be called for: try chicken parfait with toasted brioche, followed by roasted salmon fillet with new potatoes, mango salsa and salad.
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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