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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Characterful village inn serving modern British food

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

A short canter from Newbury Racecourse, this convivial village inn takes its name from locals from the nearby brickworks who used to 'bunk off' work early for a crafty pint. Still very much the village hub where locals prop up the bar by the open fire with a glass of ale and a packet of crisps, its confident modern cooking also attracts foodies. Start with crispy squid, pressed octopus, chorizo, sweetcorn and paprika and basil jus before moving on to smoked chicken schnitzel, fried duck egg, black pudding, treacle-cured bacon, braised gem and caper and lemon dressing.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: 24-26 December & 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Lewis Spreadbury

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 26
  • Wines over £30: 17
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22
  • On-site parking available

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