Destination UK! Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Stay at The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms, Inkpen, Berkshire is Not to Be Missed!
The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is the perfect destination for a mid-week or weekend break, just a 90-minute drive from London and dating back to 1640 it is located in the picturesque village of Inkpen in the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With 10 individually designed rooms, including one interconnecting room for families, The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is perfectly situated for those seeking a staycation with a difference. With a diverse array of activities including walking, cycling, and cultural highlights include Highclere Castle, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Houghton Lodge which are all a short drive away, as well indulging in some retail therapy in nearby Hungerford, The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is the ideal place to explore the surrounding counties of Hampshire and Berkshire.
The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is a true gourmet bolthole and champions local produce, with the meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, eggs and cheeses, being sourced from named local suppliers. The menu is bursting with colourful dishes that let the ingredients shine through and is influenced by the seasons. All bread and baked goods, including breakfast pastries, are made by Honesty Bakery and delivered to The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms twice daily. The food is simple and delicious: home-made pâtés, proper Sunday roasts, lightly battered “Good Old Boy” fish and chips, and bar snacks including mini scotch eggs and the incredibly moreish Old Winchester Cheese Straws. Desserts are not to be missed and include marinated English strawberries, peach crumble and the selection of home-made sorbets and ice cream is well worth leaving room for!
The 10 individually designed rooms are situated around a pretty courtyard. The rooms are spacious, well-appointed with televisions, hairdryers, a desk and Wi-Fi. Each room has a super king-sized bed made with high-quality Egyptian cotton linens and a separate shower room. In-line with the current government guidelines, a contactless check-in is available with guests receiving their room number prior to arrival and the keys to the room left inside. Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and a 24-hour vacancy period between each guest will be implemented.
Highclere Castle made famous by Downton Abbey is less than a 25-minute drive from The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms. Follow in the footsteps of the Downton Abbey cast and explore the main staterooms and bedrooms. The cellars and former staff quarters are currently home to the Egyptian Exhibition, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Families with children can enjoy a visit to Wilton Windmill, a working 19th-century mill that still produces stone ground flour. Situated on the brow of a chalk hill in the vast open countryside, it is the perfect place to enjoy a freshly prepared picnic available in advance from The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms.
Houghton Lodge is frequently referred to as ‘the jewel of the Test Valley’. The Lodge itself was thought to be designed in 1790 by John Plaw and is one of the finest and earliest surviving example of a Cottage Ornée – a genre of ‘picturesque’ Gothic architecture that flourished for about 25 years from 1790. Today the house is Grade II* listed and regularly attracts visits from students of architecture and has become one of the must-see houses to visit Hampshire has to offer.
The gardens of Houghton Lodge are simply stunning and include a kitchen garden, a woodland grotto, a peacock garden and the orchid house. Tickets to Houghton Lodge and its famed gardens must be booked online at www.houhgtonlodge.co.uk prior to visiting. A visit to Houghton Lodge is not complete without a scrumptious cream tea at the on-site Honesty Café!
Gin lovers can delight with a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Just a short 35-minute drive from The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms a visit to the renowned distillery is a must for lovers of the famed spirt. Partake in a discovery tour or a cocktail making masterclass. Advance booking is required, and tickets and experiences can be booked by visiting www.bombaysapphire.com
RAMBLERS AND CYCLISTS
For those who prefer a gentle stroll to those that seek a more challenging walk, The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is a rambler’s delight! With a wide variety of walks taking in the picturesque village, chalk ridges, deciduous woodland and mix farmland ranging from one and a quarter hours to five and a half hours, many of which are circular walks that begin and end at The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms, it is the perfect place to experience the area by foot. The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms can also pack you a picnic for you to enjoy on your walk.
The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is situated on the National Cycle Route 4 and there are several routes that take in the local area. Many of the cycle routes are suitable for all skill levels across Berkshire and the Chilterns. Some of the routes are circular and begin and end at The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms, which also has plenty of bike racks and a range of much-needed refreshments!
Nearby Hungerford is unlike many towns and high-streets and has eschewed large chain stores for independent shops. Hungerford has a variety of interiors shops, wine merchant, gorgeous clothing boutiques and plenty of antique shops. Nearby Barrs Yard is a retail delight with luxury denim outfitters, Jax Jeans, a beautiful interior and garden shop and Cricket Fine Art. Shoppers can take a break from retail therapy at the Honesty Café at Barrs Yard, serving light bites, smoothies and a range of freshly brewed coffees and teas.
Prices start from £130.00 per room per night, based on two people sharing and include breakfast.
The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms is a 90-minute drive from London, via the M4 motorway, making it easily accessible.
Trains depart frequently from London Paddington to Newbury and depending on the train, the journey can take anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour. Once you arrive at Newbury Train Station you will need to take a taxi to The Crown & Garter Pub with Rooms. The taxi journey will take approximately 30 minutes and will cost approximately £25-30