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Local foodies may recall this picture-perfect pub-with-rooms as The Crab at Chieveley, but following a takeover by the Epicurean Collection in April 2015, it has been refurbished and rebranded as Crab & Boar. Set in lush Berkshire countryside close to Lambourn, this venue still has plenty of aces up its sleeve – from chic Country Living interiors to pretty outdoor spaces. The original Crab was famous for fish, and fresh seafood still play its part on the menu – although it now competes alongside seasonal meat and game dishes with a strong British accent.  Porthilly oysters, charred octopus with broad beans and Jersey royals or Cornish plaice with leeks, braised chicken wings and macaroni share the billing with, say, beef tartare, grilled sirloin steaks, spatchock chicken or pork belly with wild garlic and celeriac purée. For afters, think British with lemon posset. In fine weather, also look out for ‘kitchen garden’ menu of small plates and salads. Chic bedrooms make The Crab & Boar an affordable escape for sporty Londoners too (racing and country pursuits are thick on the ground hereabouts).

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