all year except 24/25 Dec.
bar, snug, 3 dining rooms, function room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden, only bar/restaurant suitable for disabled.
occasionally in public rooms, ‘but can be turned off on request’.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 bedrooms, bar, garden.
 per room B&B single £75–£120, double £90–£135. À la carte £30, 2-course Midweek Fix dinner (Wed) £12.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘The welcome is excellent’ at this revitalised 18th-century free house, on a quiet road running through a ‘peaceful Downland village full of birdsong’ – just ask the locals coming in for tea or a high-stakes round at the ‘jolly quiz night’. ‘Village residents Martyn Reed and Catriona Galbraith have given this old inn a new lease of life,’ say Guide inspectors in 2017. ‘A local hub’, it has a fine selection of real ales to match chef Phil Currie’s ‘accomplished cooking’; Lidia Dhorne, the manager, ‘couldn’t be more helpful’. Bedrooms are up ‘steep stairs’ (help is offered with luggage). Some are beamed, some have a sloping wood floor, all have a Roberts radio, natural toiletries and home-baked biscuits. ‘Our room, Uffington, was smallish, but adequate for a couple of nights. The comfortable bed had blankets and sheets as we’d requested; the smart, well-lit bathroom had thick towels, and a monsoon shower above the bath.’ Eat in the main bar or one of the dining areas leading off it; a blackboard menu lists daily specials: ‘delicious local asparagus with a poached egg and crunchy bits’, perhaps, and a ‘perfect lemon posset’. The Berkshire Downs are to the south.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.