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The Dew Pond Restaurant

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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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Classical cooking not far from the setting for Downton Abbey

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks Christmas and New Year, 2 weeks August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: served by appointment only
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Keith Marshall

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 50
  • Wines over £30: 50
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Newbury A34 South, exit Tothill. Follow signs for Highclere Castle, pass castle entrance on right, down hill and turn left signed Old Burghclere and Kingsclere, restaurant on right in approximately 0.25 mile.

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