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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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Modern British menus in a classic English pub

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

A classic English country inn in a ravishing setting near Highclere Castle. Traditional English cooking is the order of the day, overlaid with modern flourishes. Cod and salmon fishcakes are seasoned with chilli and dressed in mango mayonnaise, and local asparagus in season is topped with poached eggs and hollandaise. Roast lamb loin is spectacularly full of flavour, enhanced by chargrilled veg and a gutsy, garlicky salsa verde, while fish might be sparkling-fresh chalk-stream trout with new potatoes. A list of 'The Usual Suspects' keeps the fish and chips and burger brigade content. Cherry Bakewell is as good as it gets outside Derbyshire, matched with vanilla cream and cherry coulis.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: 25-26 December, 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Dean Freckleton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines over £30: 45
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 68
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

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1 mile south of Highclere Village

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