The Berkshire pubs named the best in the country by the Good Pub Guide

Two pubs in West Berkshire and four within an hour’s drive of us have been recognised as some of the best in the country

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The Wellington Arms in Baughurst, one of the Inns of the Year in the Good Pub Guide (Image: The Good Pub Guide)

Six pubs in and near Berkshire have been recognised as some of the best in the UK.

The Good Pub Guide is released every year to celebrate the best pubs in the country.

The guide’s awards are greatly coveted by landlords and staff.

And in our area, two Berkshire pubs have been recognised as some of the very best.

The Royal Oak in Yattendon, near Thatcham, has been named Berkshire’s best pub to dine in.

While, the couple behind the Fox in Peasemore, West Berkshire, have been recognised for being exemplary landlords.

Mr and Mrs Davison have been named in the Top 10 Licensees of the Year in the whole country.

And for those who can’t resist a good pub, we’ve had a look at some of the country’s top pubs within an hour’s drive of Reading, Berkshire, that have made this year’s guide.

A Baughurst pub features in two of categories, a pub in the Slough postal area is one of the best country pubs, and a pub in Winchester city centre has been listed as one of the best town pubs.

Find out what the judges over at the Good Pub Guide thought about them below.

Royal Oak in Yattendon

Dining Pub of the Year 2020 – Berkshire

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The Royal Oak in Yattendon, one of the Dining Pubs of the Year 2020 (Image: Google Maps)

The Royal Oak in Yattendon has been named as Berkshire’s Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide Awards 2020.

The Royal Oak serves up a great mixture of exotic dishes, including chicken and sesame yakitori skewers, soft shell crab with green chilli dressing, pizzas to take away and peshwari curry. 

It was also praised for its comfortable and attractive bedrooms, ‘charming’ bar and selection of ales and wines.

Yattendon is also a great place to take a walk when the weather is nice.

Address: Royal Oak, The Square, Yattendon, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 0UG

www.royaloakyattendon.co.uk

Fox in Peasemore

Top Ten Licensees of the Year

A cream painted pub overlooking a small lawn with picnic benches
Philip and Lauren Davison run The Fox in Peasemore, Newbury. They have been named the licensees of the year (Image: Google Maps)

Husband and wife team Philip and Lauren Davison have been recognised as one of Top 10 Licensees of the Year.

Judges have said the couple ‘never waver’ in their pursuit of high standards and genuine welcome to all customers at their pub.

They are also praised for their friendly, efficient, neatly dressed staff.

The Fox has West Berkshire Good Old Boy on pump, a tasty selection of 16 wines and summer farm cider.

If the hunger takes punters, they can eat lunchtime sandwiches, snacks at the bar and meals during their visit.

Address: Fox, Peasemore, Newbury, RG20 7JN

For more details www.foxatpeasemore.co.uk

White Horse in Hedgerley

Top Ten Country Pub of the Year

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The White Horse in Village Lane, Hedgerley, Slough (Image: Google Maps)

If you live in Maidenhead or Slough but love the country life, you might want to check this pub out.

Located in Hedgerley in the Slough postal area, the White Horse has been named as one of the Top 10 Country Pubs in the UK.

For their top 10, judges were looking for a friendly welcoming pub to go in after a walk, with a roaring log fire, comfortable seats and in homely surroundings.

In praise of the pub, judges said: “You’d never believe that this convivial country gem was so close to suburbia as it feels a world away.”

They also noted that “there are good walks nearby and the pub is nice and close to the Church Wood nature reserve, which is home to colourful species of birds.”

Address: White Horse, Village Lane, Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire, SL2 3UY

For more information visit www.thewhitehorsehedgerley.co.uk

Wellington Arms in Baughurst

Dining Pub of the Year 2020 – Hampshire

The Wellington Arms was not only named Hampshire’s Dining Pub of the Year but it was also ranked as one of Top 10 Inns of Year in the Good Pub Guide.

Nestled between Newbury, Basingstoke and Reading, Berkshire, The Wellington Arms has been recognised as a great place to stay.

Just over the Berkshire border, it’s well worth a visit and its charm captured TV bosses eyes when it was chosen to host Channel 4’s First Dates Christmas special in 2019.

As well as serving superb meals, it sports a great range of wines, farm ciders, good aperitifs and West Berkshire Brewery’s Good Old Boy beer on tap.

For rooms, the Wellington Arms has four ‘deeply comfortable ‘ and characterful bedrooms, and a first class breakfast in the morning.

Address: Wellington Arms, Baughurst Road, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire, RG26 5LP

For more information www.thewellingtonarms.com

Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green

Dining Pub of the Year 2020 – Buckinghamshire

This one may be just over the border near Marlow but diners looking for a lovely pub meal will have to wait after the pub was badly damaged in a fire last September.

The owners were delighted to be named Buckinghamshire’s Dining Pub of the Year 2020 and are now working hard to reopen this year.

For the latest updates visit the website.

Address: Royal Oak, Frieth Road, Marlow, Bovingdon Green, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2JF

Wykeham Arms in Winchester

Top 10 Town Pub of the Year

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The Wyekham Arms in Winchester, named as one of the best town pubs (Image: The Local Data Company / The Good Food Guide)

The Wykeham Arms in Winchester has been named as one of the top town pubs of the year.

The pub is right in the city centre, close to Winchester’s iconic cathedral and perfect for drinkers at Winchester College.

Judges describe it as a ‘tucked-away pub with lots to look at, several real ales, many wines by the glass and highly thought-of food and pretty bedrooms’.

It is also noted for having a great selection of spirits, proper beers and a good food menu.

Address: Wykeham Arms, 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9PE

For more information visit www.wykehamarmswinchester.co.uk

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