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A friendly riverside dining room with bedrooms in Kintbury, West Berkshire.

They pride themselves on serving up real ales, classic British dishes and locally-sourced menus crafted from quality ingredients available to both dine in or takeaway. Nestled between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal,  their eight beautifully-appointed bedrooms make for a luxurious country retreat. Their crowning jewel: the vast garden which offers al fresco dining in the summer and is the perfect spot for a garden party or outdoor wedding in Berkshire.

A true country pub in a picturesque setting. 

As you make your way inside via the local timber and glass porch you will find a quintessentially English pub bar, the countertop of which is made from old pennies and dates back to Valentine’s Day 1971.

Their passionate kitchen team at The Dundas Arms is dedicated to producing well thought-out, seasonal menus, that make the most of the wonderful produce available from the surrounding rivers, farms and fields that champions our British heritage. Their menus consist of dishes that showcase the best of the season’s fare using locally grown organic vegetables, responsibly sourced meat, fish and game that help support local producers and ensure you enjoy a true taste of the British countryside when you dine with them.

Although the exact origin of The Dundas Arms remains somewhat of a mystery, this Grade II listed Georgian inn has most likely been providing sustenance to hungry and thirsty travellers in the picturesque village of Kintbury since the end of the 18th century.

It was in 1794 that the first “Navvies”, as they were called, began the construction of the Kennet & Avon Canal – the only waterway to link London via the Thames with Bristol in the West. The man behind this great project was Charles Dundas, who lived at nearby Barton Court. When the first section of the canal was completed in 1797, Charles marked the occasion with a ceremony at Kintbury, including a procession down the waterway to Newbury headed by a military band aboard a barge. One can only imagine that The Dundas Arms was named after this illustrious character.

Since then, The Dundas Arms has gone on to become a destination pub in its own right and has won numerous awards and accolades including four stars from the AA, pub group of the year from the Good Pub Guide and being included in Condenast Traveller’s ‘Best British luxury pubs with rooms‘.