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Dundas Arms

Kintbury, Berkshire

If you prefer your pints served to you riverside then look no further than the gorgeous Berkshire inn The Dundas Arms in the charming town of Kintbury.

Perched on a sliver of land sandwiched between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal, this picturesque 18th century inn is an absolute gem. Inside you’ll find distinctive nooks and crannies complete with an antique penny bar, large fireplaces and handsomely decorated dining rooms. Many of the rooms come with their own private terraces overlooking the canal where you can sit back and enjoy breakfast the next morning.

Highlights

  • The stunningly picturesque setting with every room boasting either canal or riverside views
  • The vast and beautiful garden is perfect for summer parties and larger private events
  • The ‘Secret Garden’ private dining table on the edge of the water for superb riverside dining
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Things to Do
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Accommodations

Riverside regency meets countryside charm in The Dundas Arms’ eight handsome rooms. Mahogany sleigh beds are partnered with carefully chosen antiques, lavish curtains and bold Barnaby Gates patterned wallpaper. Families will find space and river views in the four House Rooms, but it is the downstairs River Rooms that really caught our eye with their private patios that come to meet the edge of the River Kennet. Perfect for breakfast in the sunshine while watching the world float by – and dog friendly too.

Features:

• Flat screen TVs

• Gun cabinets

• Canal/river views

• Dog friendly

All are welcome

Restaurant & Bar

You couldn’t have a restaurant that literally kisses a riverbank without some exceptional fish dishes on the menu and The Dundas doesn’t disappoint with everything from freshwater catches to oysters, scallops and sea bass. Combine that with local game and farm fresh vegetables and you have the recipe for some truly tempting seasonal British cuisine including chicken liver parfait with pan fried foie gras, Harissa marinated lamb rump, honey glazed ham hock, juicy steaks and of course burgers. Collect your chilled rosé or Sipsmith G&T from the outdoor bar and dine soaking up the sunshine in the jaw-dropping garden.

Dine on British classics

Private dining & events

You are truly spoilt for choice when planning an event at the Dundas with plenty of private rooms and corners for parties of all shapes and sizes. Inside, the Private Dining Room seats 16 and is a breath of elegance with antique furnishings accented by creams and gold. And then, there’s the garden. If you haven’t fallen in love with the British countryside yet, then this fairytale land of knobbly apple trees, rose bushes, flowers and river (complete with its own brigade of Dundas Ducks) is guaranteed to win over hearts and minds. Over 100 people can enjoy drinks and canapés in the lovely garden. If the British weather looms, a dinner party of eight can take cover in the stone Barn but the crowning jewel has to be the ‘Secret Garden’ a table of 12 beneath the shade of a sweeping willow that offers dining at the very tip where the canal and the river meet.

Country Pursuits

River Kennet

With the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal flowing past its doorstep, naturally the Dundas is the perfect base for fishing and fly fishing. Learn how to cast your fly and catch a prizewinning trout in the River Kennet’s gin-clear waters, one of the country’s finest chalkstreams, before heading back to the Dundas to have the chef cook-up your catch for dinner.

Also visit:

  • River Lambourn: Berkshire’s lesser known but equally impressive fly fishing chalkstream
  • Kennet & Avon Canal: also offers excellent cycling and boating
  • Highclere, Faccombe & Linkenholt estates: superb game shooting and stalking
  • Royal Berkshire Shooting School: clay pigeon shooting
  • Newbury Racecourse: racing
  • Ridgeway National Trail: walking, cycling and horseriding

Try your hand at fly fishing

Culture & Heritage

Highclere Castle

Downton Abbey fans shouldn’t miss a visit to Highclere Castle, the inspiration for the cult TV drama and the set for the show itself. Just an 18 minutes drive from The Dundas, you can spend the evening walking in the footsteps of the Granthams withing the 1,000 acre estate, enjoy an afternoon tea and visit the ornate state rooms.

Also visit:

  • Hungerford: market, antiques
  • Seven Barrows
  • Stonehenge
  • Donnington Castle
  • Sandham Memorial Chapel

Discover Downton Abbey

Nature

Kennet & Avon Canal

Discover Britain’s waterways and fall under the spell of the beauty of the Kennet & Avon canal. Threading its way through the heart of Berkshire’s countryside, its stunning locks and arching willows make for perfect summer strolling.

Also visit:

  • River Kennet & River Lambourn: more lovely riverside views
  • North Wessex Downs (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Explore serene waterways

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Kintbury 59mins from London
Walk from station: 1min
Drive: 1h20mins drive from London, 10mins from Hungerford, 16mins from Newbury

Dundas Arms

53 Station Road, Kintbury, Berkshire, RG17 9UT
+44 (0) 1488 658 263