The town of Newbury in West Berkshire punches above its weight class when it comes to attractions for those who wish to explore this wonderful part of the United Kingdom. Shopping options abound and the natural beauty of the surroundings attracts those who want to explore the offerings of Mother Nature.
In addition, the nightlife of Newbury has a variety of options who want to enjoy the town and its surrounds after the sun has set – and part of that attraction is the wonderful dining destinations that are on offer in the area. That is not to say that those eateries do not service the breakfast and lunch crowd – in fact, it is the sheer variety of dining experiences that has put Newbury on the gastronomic map.
For those who would like to explore some of the menus on offer, there are six of the best dining options that Newbury has to offer.
1. The Vineyard
When it comes to fine dining The Vineyard offers an experience that is amongst the best in the British Isles. This restaurant is the recipient of a 3 Rosette rating – and the art deco touches and the sheer luxury of finishes such as linen tablecloths and the levels of service make it a pleasure to take a seat in the dining area. The offerings such as the five or seven-course tasting menus are the perfect way to experience chef Tom Scade’s approach to cuisine. Highlights such as the Cornish lobster and the pan-fried Cod are well worth exploring. The wine cellar with its 30,000 bottles ensures the perfect pairing with any meal.
2. The Crab and Boar
A little under five miles from the centre of Newbury one finds this delightful country pub. If diners wish to enjoy exquisite British cuisine and some of the best seafood and game dishes available anywhere in the UK this is a dining destination that should not be missed. The food is out o9f the top drawer and the ambience is warm and friendly. 2 AA Rosettes are a testament to the quality of the offering. Awards such as ‘The Best Premium Food Operator’ in the 2019 Publican Awards is further proof that any time spent at this venue will be especially rewarding. Enjoying a meal on the terrace overlooking the scenic Berkshire countryside is a special treat. The great wine list.
3. The Carnarvon Arms
This is a modern interpretation of the country inn – and the execution is flawless. Relaxed atmosphere and a dining area with a wonderful bar make each visit a pleasure. Pub classics abound and traditional British cuisine is the order of the day. The execution of the fish and chips (young ale battered cod fillet gets a special mention) is masterful. However, the locally produced Newbury sausages served with mash and the Sunday Roast should not be ignored. A fabulous wine list compliments the usual pub offerings.
4. The Bunk Inn
Local produce allows the chefs at this fabulous inn to create menu items that sing with flavour. Starters such as the venison and black pudding with homemade piccalilli are a delight, while the classic fish pie packed with King Prawns, mussels, salmon, cod and smoked haddock and served with mash and buttered greens is comfort food at its very best. As a side, the truffle and Parmesan Fries are immensely rewarding. The traditional Sunday lunch will not disappoint.
5. Henry and Joes
This is the modern British bistro taken to new heights. It started as a pop-up and quickly morphed into one of the best restaurants in Berkshire, if not the entire U.K. The simplicity of the dishes is deceiving – the depths of the flavour of everything (including the bread made on-site) is wonderful. With owners Joe and Henry in attendance it is simply a pleasure to take a seat – and the service is exceptionally professional. Highlights include the venison main and the pigeon. Do not ignore the desserts, wine or the option of the tasting menu.
6. The Spotted Dog
Another great option for classic British and European inspired menu offerings. An outside deck is a fabulous option during the summer months – and the addition of Gin Bar with over 100 varieties will delight those who enjoy this Juniper infused wonder. It’s also extremely family-friendly – a bonus for those who want to bring along the kids to enjoy a day out. Vegetarians should dive in the curry offering. The Sunday Roast should not be ignored – and menu items such as the beef stew and dumplings will delight even the most demanding of gourmands. Seafood lovers will delight in the Sea Bass. A great selection of real ales and a fabulous wine list.
Eating out in Newbury is a delight – the town shines with some incredible dining destinations and there truly is something for every taste. If you are in the area, pull up a chair at any one of these fabulous restaurants and you will not be disappointed.