From the outside, The Winning Post looks like a modest cottage, but inside it’s surprisingly spacious and immediately welcoming. Warmed by an open fire and a wood-burning stove, and with exposed brick walls, timber beams and wooden furniture, it has plenty of cosy charm. Like The Plantation and The Bunk Inn, it belongs to the Upham Group’s stable of pubs and inns with character and first-rate service. The Winning Post is in prime polo and horse racing country (hence its eye-catching collection of racing photographs) and has swiftly become a favourite watering hole for people from these worlds. Chief among its attractions is the excellent food, courtesy of head chef Dave Thomas, who focuses on honest flavours and clean presentation in his distinctive seasonal British dishes. Once you have dined, with ten bedrooms in a modern annexe and an excellent breakfast to wake up to, there’s no reason not to stay the night. Doubles from £120.
Do: A stay at The Winning Post can only bring you luck at nearby Ascot or Royal Windsor Racecourses.
Eat: Enjoy the delicious seasonal fare at the restaurant. The chateaubriand is a popular choice.
Buy: Get yourself a pint of Upham brewery beer at the pub.
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