This former 17th century coaching inn has been greatly extended, and now houses a popular restaurant drawing people in from miles around.
You can eat in the Bar, Garden Room or dedicated Dining Room, depending on how formal is the occasion.
The kitchen, under the direction of Jamie Hodson, offers a weekly-changing lunch menu - plus an evening menu that changes with the seasons.
The latter might include 'Marinated Foie Gras Ballotine with Earl Grey Jelly, Apple & Vanilla Purée & Toasted Sour Dough'; 'Deep-Fried Sushi Rolls with Oriental Coleslaw & Spicy Tomato Dip' and 'Poached Herbed Organic Salmon with Yoghurt Sorbet & Caviar' amongst the starters.
Perhaps 'Pan-Fried Plaice Fillet with White Bean Purée, Roast Chorizo & Baby Artichoke and New Potato Fondants'; 'Butter-Roasted Berkshire Venison with Smoked Beetroot Purée, Boulangère Potato & Venison Jus' and 'Butternut Squash & Barkham Blur Ravioli with Roasted Chestnuts & Chanterelles and Thyme Beurre Blanc' on the half-dozen or so - mains.
Again, depending on the season, good desserts might include 'Plum Soufflé, Pear & Blueberry Jam & Biscotti' and 'Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Mandarin Sorbet & Ginger Crumb' - while a selection of British Artisan Cheeses with Home-made Biscuits & Plum & Apple Chutney should satisfy those with a less sweet tooth.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00 (Sun 14.30); mains about £10 to £13
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains about £12 to £25
- Seats: 75, plus about 70 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hungerford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan
- Outside eating