Situated on the outskirts of Newbury, overlooked by the ruins of Donnington Castle, this…
“Refined British cooking and Newbury's first-ever gin distillery”
This popular, modernised 19th-century pub holds court in the pedestrianised town centre. Through its elegant portico a quirkily decorated bar reveals chesterfield seating, an open fire, real ales from Berkshire and Hampshire, and 26 wines sold by the glass. Beyond are the lounge, restaurant and heated roof terrace serving cocktails and oven-fired pizzas. An eclectic approach in the open kitchen results, for example, in whole plaice with pan-fried scallops, caper butter and skinny fries; and 12-hour haggis-stuffed lamb shoulder with cumin and celeriac potatoes, confit root vegetables and braised red cabbage purée. A new addition is the micro gin distillery-cum-rustic chic private dining room, offering five- and seven-course tasting menus.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £16.50
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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