Crab & Boar
The Crab and Boar only opened in April this year but is already a firm Berkshire inn favourite. Newly renovated throughout, it’s the ideal rustic pub-meets-boutique bolthole with stylish decor, impeccable food and luxury mod cons minus any stuffiness.
The mix of fresh seafood (the ‘Crab’) and seasonal field-to-fork game (the ‘Boar’) hits all the right notes – here you can choose to sup fine wines with oysters or a real ale and game pie, their menu caters for all. The location also makes it a haven for shooting and fishing parties with no less than 14 rooms to choose from. Whilst rooted in glorious British traditions, it has just the right amount of modern decadence to make it ideal for style seekers, city breakers and locals alike.
- The award-winning food (they have 2 rosettes under their belt) is hard to beat - the perfect balance between fresh seafood and field-to-fork countryside
- The newly renovated rooms are rustic country chic personified and some include hot tubs
- The garden is nothing short of gargantuan - ideal for garden parties galore
Since its modern rustic makeover, each of the stunning 14 rooms have been transformed into beautiful countryside sanctums filled with everything from mahogany four poster beds, rich wool throws and even private hot tubs. This combined with fresh milk delivered to your door and a warm and welcoming smile when you arrive makes a stay here on par with any boutique hotel.
Eat & Drink
Stylish surroundings and beautiful sweeping views of the Berkshire countryside aside, the real epicurean draw here is on the plate. Perfectly positioned to make the most of local ingredients from both field and shore, the menu changes with the seasonal tides and feature a mix of classic pub favourites and creative fare. Tuck into crab tortellini, pork belly and lobster with fries in the restaurant or hang out in pub and snack on scotch eggs or oysters.
Meet & Celebrate
With 14 rooms, a pub, restaurant, vast garden and plenty of nooks and crannies in-between, there’s no shortage of places to meet, dine and celebrate here. Host a summer’s soiree in the garden or get cosy at the long table in the private dining room which can hold up to 14 for a delicious dinner party.
Shoot & Fish
With nearly 31 shooting estates and numerous chalkstreams nearby, The Crab & Boar is set within Berkshire’s prime hunting territory. Get outdoors and catch your dinner and the kind chefs will cook up a storm for you when you return, paired of course with the obligatory fine whiskey and cigars to celebrate.
- Royal Berkshire Shooting School: clay pigeon shooting
- Newbury Racecourse: racing
- Donnington Golf Club: golf
- Berkshire countryside: rambling and cycling
Culture & Heritage
Downton Abbey fans will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit the nearby Highclere Castle, a gem of Victorian architecture and set of the now world-renowned TV drama. Get a taste for upstairs-downstairs life and soak up some history in the Egyptian exhibit.
- Donnington Castle: English Heritage ruins
- Oxford: history, shopping & culture
There are some places worth getting out of bed for and with the Berkshire countryside as your base you’ll have plenty of forests, fields and meadows to explore.
- Kennet & Avon canal
- North Wessex Downs (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Nearest train station: Newbury 52mins from London
Taxi from station: approx. 11min
Drive: 1h20min from London, 36min from Oxford, 40min from Winchester, 10mins from Newbury
Crab & Boar
Berkshire, RG20 8UE