The Vineyard is a haven of style in the Berkshire countryside, where only perfect will do.…
The Red House
“Thatched country pub with gluten-free menu specialities”
MARSH BENHAM, BERKSHIRE
Just a stroll (dog walkers welcome) from the Kennet & Avon Canal, this trim thatched pub is tucked away in the verdant Kennet Valley. Indulge in a beer from the respected West Berkshire Brewery whilst contemplating views from the sheltered beer garden, or sit beside the log fire, anticipating your choice from the kitchen overseen by experienced French chef-patron Laurent Lebeau. His essentially British menu might include Old Winchester cheese soufflé, followed by steak and kidney pudding or line caught haddock with West Berkshire beer batter and chips. There’s a thoughtful gluten-free menu, as well. As for the wines, Laurent chooses well.
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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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