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Drawing discerning diners from miles around

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Garden
Dog friendly

Hidden down a maze of lanes in peaceful countryside between Basingstoke and Newbury is the stylish ‘Welly’, once used as a hunting lodge by the Duke of Wellington. Inside are wooden tables, tiled floors and attractively patterned curtains and blinds. Since arriving here over a decade ago, Jason King and Simon Page have never looked back. Their ethos is simple: local, well-priced and delicious food. Jason’s award-winning, daily chalkboard menus offer plenty of interest and imagination and much of the produce is organic and local or home grown, since they are dedicated to keeping down the food miles. Salad leaves, herbs and vegetables are grown in the pub’s polytunnel and raised vegetable beds, free-range eggs come from their rare-breed and rescue hens, and there are also pedigree Jacob sheep, Tamworth pigs and five beehives. The dining room is rather small so booking is certainly advisable. The well-tended garden acts as an extension for diners when the sun shines; if the weather is on the chilly side, ask to borrow a warm mohair rug.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday evening
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-3)
  • Lunch: all week 12-3
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Longdog, West Berkshire, Wild Weather Ales
  • Real ciders: Tutts Clump

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A4, east of Newbury, through Aldermaston. At 2nd roundabout 2nd exit signed Baughurst, left at T-junction, pub 1 mile

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