The Hare & & Hounds is much more than simply a club with spaces; rather, it seems like a store hotel.
Set in the town of Speen, simply off the M4, near to the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this previous training inn resumed previously this year after months of repair work and now boasts a bar, a gorgeous dining-room serving scrumptious seasonal regional food, a covered garden balcony and 30 cosy spaces.
The club is soaked in history and has close links to horse racing, with Newbury racecourse nearby. The equine style is shown throughout the hotel; I remained in the “Bridle suite” in the Hunter’s Lodge, and there are likewise spaces in The Stables and The Paddocks.
Why remain here?
If you’re pertaining to the racing at Newbury, The Hare & & Hounds is the best location to remain. Even if you’re not into racing, it would be a terrific stopover en path to the West Country, the Cotswolds or the Chilterns. You can ensure a warm welcome, a comfy bed, terrific service and a yummy supper.
All of the ground-floor spaces are dog-friendly and included a canine bed, bowl and a Bramley canine box, so you need not leave your four-legged pal behind. Pets are welcome in the bar too, which has canine beds ready in front of the wood burner and pet deals with behind the bar.
The good-looking 17 th-century Georgian structure has actually been wonderfully brought back in addition to the sheds set around the yard parking lot behind it. Believe Scottish lodge elegant, with tartan wallpaper, tweed banquettes with plump cushions and tight log burners.
The Barn dining-room is a big, airy area with exposed beams and brickwork, and a flagstone flooring. There are creative nods to its previous usage, with an old steady divider utilized to area off a location. Outdoors, the covered garden balcony with festoon lights would be a terrific location for a beverage on a warm night, and there are patio area heating units and sheepskin carpets for if it gets a bit cold.
The 30 separately developed spaces are comfy and cosy with wool headboards and blankets, velour chairs, fluffy bathrobes and effective showers. Some spaces have roll-top copper bath tubs in the bed room for an indulgent soak and elegant walk-in rains showers in the restroom.
Stylish and stylish, the spaces are well kitted out with whatever from Nespresso coffee devices to Bodum kettles and some have mini Smeg refrigerators. There are generous-sized Bramley toiletries and a pillow spray next to the bed to make sure an exceptional night’s sleep. All spaces have complimentary wi-fi, Roberts radios and en suite damp spaces.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast, lunch and supper are served in the Barn Dining Room 7 days a week and the seasonal a la carte menu champs regional providers and manufacturers.
I began the night with a rhubarb mixed drink in the bar accompanied by some tasty crispy lobster arancini with avocado, lime and basil puree. Supper in the dining-room was similarly excellent; pan-seared scallops melted in the mouth, and the spiced monkfish tail with sweet potato dahl was genuinely remarkable. My dining buddy and I could not end up the grass-fed Chateaubriand with chervil hollandaise, however the handy personnel kindly put the leftovers in a doggy-bag for our spaniel.
The service was impressive, and with a great balance of eccentric meals and hearty standard bar classics, like fish and chips hamburgers and chicken and ham pie, the menu has something for everybody. There is a comprehensive white wine list and oenophiles will take pleasure in the enomatic red wine dispenser which permits you to attempt various red wines by the glass.
There are likewise 2 personal dining-room, seating 12, which would be perfect for an unique event or business occasion.
Things to do
Clearly the racing at Newbury is a huge pull, however there are great deals of other factors to check out the location surrounding The Hare & & Hounds. Downton fans can go to the genuine Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, where the series was recorded, which is simply 10 minutes away. History enthusiasts might likewise delight in the 14 th century Donnington Castle, which is more detailed still.
The historical market town of Hungerford is a brief drive away and has lots of intriguing antique stores along with The Gallery Hungerford on Bridge Street, which has a fantastic choice of art. The Funghi Club in Hungerford is excellent for a coffee or light lunch, and the experienced French owner has great deals of appealing goodies for sale, consisting of a wonderful choice of porcini mushrooms and French cheese.
And, if you’ve brought your pet dog with you, there are a lot of great strolls close by consisting of to Combe Gibbet, from where you can see 5 counties on a clear day.
The Hare & & Hounds, Bath Road, Speen, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1QY. Double spaces begin with ₤125 per night
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