You’ll be greeted with a cheery welcome at this superb inn in charming Yattendon village. It’s all that a great pub should be, from the beamed ceilings to the stocky wooden bar with proper ales on tap. Beyond the main bar and dining room lies a large sitting room with deep sofas and a huge open fire. In summer the suntrap garden is the sort of place where bottles of rosé disappear with merry swiftness. Best to soak it all up with some locally-sourced grub: how about beef and game from the Yattendon estate, farmhouse cheeses from Greys of Pangbourne and eggs from Beechwood farm in Hampstead Norreys? Such fine ingredients don’t need messing with and are perfectly suited to head chef Nick McGregor’s unfussy approach. After a day of indulgence, where better to rest your sleepy head than in one of the ten light and airy bedrooms? A king-size bed beckons, prettily dolled up in the finest linens and soft pillows.
Doubles from £99
+44 (0)1635 201325; royaloakyattendon.co.uk
Make sure you leave enough time to visit the West Berkshire Brewery in the village.
Simple, unfussy, delicious food – like king prawn & clam linguini or a medium-rare Chateaubriand to share.
Treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing spa treatment from the hotel’s fabulous neighbours ‘Calmingales’. Not only are they right next door but they will offer you discounted treatment prices when booked with a bedroom reservation.
CLAIM TO FAME
Fancy rubbing shoulders with the Middletons? They are said to be regular visitors.
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