OLD BURGHCLERE, Newbury, RG20 9LH
The Dew Pond was once a pair of 16th-century drovers' cottages, now welded into a very chic, pastel-hued country restaurant, not far from Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey off the telly). The cooking is founded on classical principles with the sort of personal overlay that has won many local devotees. An exemplary souffle of Keen's cheddar with rocket and spring onion cream sauce is an accomplished opener, and might be followed by roasted sea bream with grilled tiger prawns, ratatouille and saffron potatoes. For dessert there may be that old standby, sticky toffee with praline ice cream.
Tel: 01635 278408
Please quote 'The AA'.
Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Xmas & New Year, 2 wks Aug
Days closed for lunch: served by appointment only
Cooking type: British, European
Chef: Keith Marshall
Number of seats: 45
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Newbury A34 South, exit Tothill. Follow signs for Highclere Castle, pass castle entrance on right, down hill & turn left signed Old Burghclere & Kingsclere, restaurant on right in approx 0.25m
Nearest station: Newbury