Refined British cooking and Newbury's first-ever gin distillery
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
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.