The Plough at Eastbury
The Plough at Eastbury has always been a long time favourite, so hard not to be biased. A hidden gem just near Lambourn, it has been in the family for years.
Popped in for a Sunday lunch and the staff were very friendly and helpful- always a smile and a welcome. The chef Graham White works with local farmers and local artisan suppliers, meaning the menu’s are always full of new ideas and tastes. Offering roaring log fires in the winter, cosy bar area, restaurant area and patio area, real ale and bespoke gins.
Being an 18th century pub disabled access is not always easy and would like dairy free options for the puddings especially! There always great vegetarian and vegan options.
Fantastic takeaway service available during the coronavirus restrictions
The Great Shefford at Great Shefford.
Situated in the village of Great Shefford, The Great Shefford is a public house with a riverside terrace, a wood burning fire, a seasonally-inspired menu, an elegant restaurant (with a private-dining annexe), a great wine list, and an excellent range of spirits (gins in particular). It has recently been taken over by Joshua Khan and refurbished toad high standard.
Frequently busy, a visit over lunch time found Georgina Caras, the General Manager welcoming , friendly and helpful. The fish and chips were wonderful and enjoyed by all.
Disabled friendly entrance through the double doors leading to the riverside patio, however no disabled toilets, small step up into toilet area. No diary free options, however, real ales are available and a vegetarian option.
There is a great takeaway service during the Coronavirus restrictions and meat boxes are available on click and collect.
The Dundas Arms at Kintbury.
The Dundas Arms has seasonal menus, using the produce available from surrounding rivers, farms and fields – supporting local producers. It has real ale and fine wines on offer.
Situated on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Kintbury, with a beautiful outside area, inside it has log fires and a collection of small rooms.
On a somewhat wet and windy day, our arrival was welcoming and helpful. The staff were mainly younger and there was a children’s party in progress.
We were shown through to a small room, with a log fire in full force. The service was friendly and quick, with us meeting many different members of staff.The Sunday Roast was good, although one of our guests felt the beef was slightly on the ‘stringy’ side and this was mentioned to the staff and a 10% reduction was given off the bill. The vegetables were good and there was a huge Yorkshire Pudding. There was a wide range of puddings – although no dairy free, apart from the Sorbets. There were vegan and vegetarian options. The Good Old Boy was good pint.
There was a disabled toilet and disabled access through the garden – this was not easy to see and we had to ask if a disabled toilet area was available.
Relaxed all day dining inspired by the brassies of Paris, Cotes of Newbury offer an À La Carte menu as well as set menu and prestige set menu.
The welcome was friendly and nothing was too much trouble for the waiter. They were able to offer full dietary/ allergy advice on the meals and certainly as becoming a more regular visitor able to remember them and point out to you which meals & puddings would be suitable. There is disabled access and toilets.
The drinks list is impressive, the food delicious and the puddings are simply to die for!
It is a slow, relaxed service and so you do need to make time to enjoy the full experience. There is the options of a quicker service if requested, but it really is a place to sit and wine and dine whilst chatting to friends.
It is ‘an experience’