The Domesday Book village of Yattendon was once important enough to have a castle, although it was largely destroyed by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War. There’s also a fortune in gold down a deep well, somewhere, hidden by a wealthy family who then fled the village. Locals are still searching. Part of a row of 16th-century cottages, the pub is graced with log fires in the bar, oak beams, and quarry-tiled and wooden floors in the lounge and dining rooms. French windows lead to a walled rear garden with a vine-laden trellis. Enjoy a pint of local Ramsbury Gold or Ringwood beer from the New Forest. Abundant local produce from top suppliers is used for seasonal dishes that many a foodie guide has praised. By all means just have a sandwich, or keep browsing and to discover much more. Dishes on the feasting menu are worth considering for parties of six or more. There’s always something going on, with fortnightly quizzes, rib and crab nights, quarterly seafood weekends and masterclasses in cheese.
Village pub with pretty garden
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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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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