8 restaurants in Hungerford
Restaurants in Hungerford:
Craven Road, Lower Green, Inkpen, Hungerford, RG17 9DX [Map]
This mainly organic - including all their meat - restaurant was winner in 2007 in the independent category at the RSPCA 2007 Good Business Awards; all their beef comes from a local farm, and is both butchered and hung on the premises.
Comfortable relaxed seating in a heavily beamed room with pristine tablecloths and silver service. Menus are kept sensibly short and dishes might include home cured bresaola on a bed of leaves served with olives, balsamic dressing, grilled tiger prawns with white cabbage and smoked salmon tower as starters, followed by fillet steak, salmon teriyaki served on organic noodles, Moroccan lamb tagine, served with apricot and raison couscous, whilst vegetarian options are always available.
Modern British, Organic
Lambourn Woodlands, Hungerford, RG17 7SD [Map]
The Hare Restaurant, in Lambourn Woodlands, combines the look of a traditional Grade II listed village inn with a stylish restaurant, all set in an area of natural outstanding beauty above the valley of the racehorse.
It sources only the best produce, currently in season, to serve a tempting mix of traditional and contemporary cuisine. A relaxed and pleasant ambience pervades through three pleasant, comfortable dining areas, each with their own distinctive appeal.
Talented head chef, Tom Snell, has worked for many prestigious establishments, under some of the country's most outstanding chefs, and also alongside the world renowned Welsh culinary arts team. His varied lunchtime menu changes weekly while his evening menu evolves throughout the year.
In the summer months, The Hare Restaurant also offers al fresco dining on its south facing terrace.
117 High Street, Hungerford, RG17 0LZ [Map]
This 700 year old coaching inn in the Kennett valley has weathered the years well, and still retains the archway under which the coaches drove to the courtyard and the stables. Their proud boast is that they can "accommodate all your needs whether for business, pleasure, family holidays, or a weekend break".
Within the context of a brasserie or the dining room the menu offers a starter menu that carries a series of small dishes from which a selection can be made. Tapas have come to Hungerford! Regular size starters offer prawns marie rose, and coronation chicken salad on their list. The salads are popular and include a splendid seafood selection, pasta with bacon, Thai chicken and prawn stir fry, and a warm chicken and bacon version with avocado and pine nuts.
Main courses include a daily fresh fish dish, bangers and mash, homemade lasagne, and 10oz rib eye steak with real chips, well accompanied by salads, chips, vegetables or mash depending on the dish. Be tempted by the homemade steak and kidney pie with a suet crust pie lid.
Puddings include chocolate roulade, a traditional bread and butter pudding and Hungerford Mess, presumably with a nod to the college further down river. To the question, "would you like your Movenpick ice cream brown, pink or white, sir?" there could only be one answer in the interests of research, of course
41 Charnham Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EL [Map]
The tranquil location of The Bear Hotel in Hungerford is just one of its many attractions, considering that it's been around since the 13th century and is one of the oldest and most historic inns in England. A major refurbishment plan has brought this delightful hotel right into the present world creating a comfortable and welcoming place with wonderful accommodation and an acclaimed restaurant. The two AA Rosettes serve to validate the excellent service and cuisine provided by their restaurant and diners have the option to either make use of the brasserie, the marvellous courtyard or even the lovely island space to enjoy their meal.
The modern British menu offers starters of pressed confit duck foie gras and leek terrine with shallot jam and toasted brioche followed by a main course of saddle of peppered venison with hot pot potatoes, cauliflower puree and onion bhajee. Desserts include chestnut and apple meringue with toffee sauce and an extensive drinks list offers a variety of choices amongst wines.
Inkpen Common, Hungerford, RG17 9QR [Map]
Strategically placed about ten minutes from the M4, J13/14 this traditional and chummy inn with restaurant and rooms gives ease of access to Hungerford, Newbury and the Racecourse. In the bar there is a vast inglenook and ancient beams as well as things that really matter like a stunning selection of local and guest real ales, malt whiskies and a sociable wine list.
You can eat in the bar, outside or in the restaurant, depending, each carrying its own brand of formality or otherwise. Start with natural smoked haddock topped with Welsh rarebit or oak smoked haddock with horseradish cream. There is always at least one fish of the day, and meat and poultry feature strongly with locally sourced venison sausages, pan fried breast of guinea fowl and half a roast duck with a brandy and fresh orange sauce.
Before you jump be sure to take a close look at the Thai selection which could include a very hot Thai red curry, a more medium Massamum, or a mild Malaysian satay containing peanuts, shrimp paste, coriander, curry leaves, ginger, garlic, mango and spices.
After which you might be conceding to the white peach soup with a raspberry sherbet, or just a good old classical warm treacle tart with vanilla ice cream - never fails to please.
A wonderful place for a chill-out/escape/discreet weekend, and if you must take your laptop you'll be delighted to find free Broadband on tap, even if your partner is not.
5 Charnham Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EP [Map]
A new entrant in the Hungerford culinary scene, Five Bar and Grill at Charnham Street is sure to leave a smile on a diner's face after a relaxed meal in a remarkable setting. The décor is all about informality with a dining area done up in warm hues; couples could tuck into a corner for a romantic meal while the bright sunny garden is a perfect backdrop for a birthday celebration.
The kitchen turns out laudable modern British food with plenty of choice spread over three courses in addition to a tapas and sandwiches menu. Black pudding and warm apple salad with a caramel sauce, and classic smoked salmon with dill and caper sauce with brown bread win out among starters, and main courses of lamb rack marinated in mint, chilli and thyme served with chilli cous cous and mint yoghurt, and pan roasted duck breast with honey and ginger on a crunchy stir fry of vegetables with teriyaki sauce could come in for praise. Desserts of Eton mess and homemade brownies with ice cream mark the end of a fine meal.
Modern British, Seafood, Steak
East Garston, nr Hungerford, RG17 7ET [Map]
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Lambourn Valley, famed for its horse training heritage, fly-fishing and other country pursuits, the Queen's Arms Hotel offers a welcome haven to all those that enjoy all things English. If you would like to take a ride on a horse, cast a fly, or simply enjoy a slice or two of rare sirloin washed down with a fine glass of claret, then this venue provides an ideal spot. The great English Inn is the cornerstone of any thriving village, and the hosts make sure that this restaurant and village Inn is something of which the people of East Garston can be proud.
You can experience of the freshness of the ingredients and the culinary expertise of Matt Green-armytage, who is also a hunting enthusiast, when you sample dishes such as Donald Russell rib eye steak, béarnaise, roast tomato and fat cut chips, or steamed Cornish sea bass, fennel and tomato dressing.
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