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It may be owned by TV chef Mike Robinson, but this ancient, brick-built hostelry’s biggest draw is the foraged, shot & home-grown produce drawn from the surrounding countryside. Chef Jonathan
Taylor has revitalised the cooking: venison (shot by Mike himself) might come as pavé with an intense little ‘shooter’s’ pie or as blood-red carpaccio on toast slathered with bone marrow, alongside
a gooey-centred venison Scotch egg. The famous wood pigeon salad now includes salt-baked Jerusalem artichokes & pickled mushrooms, partridge benefits from smoked cauliflower & garden plums,
while the likes of tarte Tatin with hazelnut parfait ensure similar standards come dessert. In all, it’s pretty creative stuff. Chirpy staff keep things rolling along efficiently, & the
rumbustious locals’ bar prevents any descent into all-out gastropub excess – especially when there’s Berkshire ale to be had, brewed barely a country lane away.
The Pot Kiln is an unassuming gastropub nestled in Berkshire countryside north of Newbury. Run by TV chef Mike Robinson and his wife Katie, the pub specialises in game, local produce and seasonal fare. Three different types of venison are on offer, and tantalizing vegetarian dishes tempt even the hardened meat-eater (thyme gnocchi with chanterelles and garlic almost had me). As we trooped in through the mud, golden labradors stirred sleepily in the back of battered Jeeps. It looks low-key, but Wills and Kate once popped in for Valentine's Day lunch...
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