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, with exposed brick walls, timber beams and wooden furniture, it has plenty of cosy charm. Like The Station House and The Peat Spade Inn, it belongs to The Upham Group’s stable of pubs and inns, all 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, which focuses on honest flavours and clean presentation in distinctive seasonal British dishes. Once you have dined, with ten bedrooms in a modern annex and an excellent breakfast to wake up to, there’s no reason not to stay the night. Doubles from £79.
Name to Know: General manager, Brandon, who brings charm and character to the business with his extensive knowledge. Ask him about the local surroundings and where to visit.
See: Get dressed up to the nines and glam it up at the famous Ascot racecourse.
Eat: Choose from the wonderful array of food and drink on offer throughout the bar and restaurant.
Buy: A weekend package and see the races.
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