Lively pub with plenty of bar and dining space, rewarding food and regular events
The good pub guide review
This popular town-centre pub has lots of different seating areas to suit whatever mood you're in ' from a rooftop terrace with a cocktail bar, a pizza oven and an electric folding canopy roof to a downstairs courtyard with seats and tables. The inviting bar has an assortment of wooden dining chairs around sturdy farmhouse and other solid tables on bare boards, comfortable leather sofas, big paintings, church candles and an open fire. Light and airy dining rooms have wall benches and church chairs around more rustic tables on more bare boards, local artwork and an open kitchen; background music and board games. There's a brilliant range of drinks, a highlight being gin from their own 137 Gin Distillery (you can buy a bottle to take home with you). Also, a beer named for them (from Greene King), Timothy Taylors Landlord and guests on handpump, 20 malt whiskies, 28 wines (including champagne and sparkling) by the glass, an extensive cocktail list (using their own gin) and a fine range of coffees and teas (including tea grown in Cornwall). The distillery is also a private dining room for hire.
The good pub guide food review
The grazing-style menu offers a choice of small and large plates under headings such as 'Fish', 'Meat', 'Vegetable' and 'Sweet', with customers encouraged to share and special deals at lunchtime. Typical dishes include padrón peppers, smoked pork and bacon sliders, roast scallop with sweetcorn and chorizo, pan-fried salmon fillet with sauce vierge, roast pork with sage and onion stuffing and mash, lamb faggot with pea fritter, roasted beets with whipped blue cheese, sweet potato gratin with chilli jam, and grilled peaches with vanilla cream.
Newbury, 137 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5HB
Pub Group: Greene King
Weekdays: 5-11 Mon; 11.30-11 Tues, Weds; 11.30-midnight Thurs; 11.30am-1am