Crown & Garter

Great Common Road, Inkpen Common , Berkshire, RG17 9QR

SquareMeal Review of Crown & Garter

Thanks to a swish refurbishment, The Crown & Garter has gone from neglected pub to polished, picturesque inn, restaurant, bakery and boutique hotel. You’ll unearth it in middle-of-nowhere Inkpen, but the cooking is far from out of touch. Within the old pub’s red-brick walls and smart-rustic dining room, Matthew Ambrose (ex-Claridges) shows a flair for reinventing traditional pub food – think gutsy game terrine with apple and quince chutney; cassoulet of duck and pork sausages; applewood-smoked cod with kale and lentils in a mustard and chive sauce; or parkin pudding with ginger toffee sauce. Local, seasonal and sustainable are bywords: from sirloin steaks and wood pigeon to foaming West Berks Brewery ale, with bread made on-site in a wood-fired oven. In warmer months, the cute café opens its huge doors on to delightful herb gardens. Service is attentive yet informal, and the short, sharply picked wine list shows an Italian bias.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kintbury Station 3km

Hungerford Station 5km


Address: Great Common Road, Inkpen Common , Berkshire RG17 9QR

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2pm 6.30-9pm Sun 12N-9pm

Nearby Landmarks

Newbury I, 1643 7km

Highclere Castle 7km


Telephone: 01488 668325


Cuisine: Pubs British

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