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Overview

Lost down country lanes amidst peaceful north Hampshire countryside, this award-winning rural gem has been wowing local diners for the past 16 years, thanks to the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of owners Jason King and Simon Page.

Oak dining tables are topped with individual lamps and candles in the characterful dining rooms, creating a warm and cosy lived-in feel and a relaxing dining atmosphere. Fabrics and furnishings are stylish and eclectic with quirky objets d'art and cookbooks to peruse. Foodies beat a path to the door for the daily chalkboard menus, which offer plenty of interest and imagination from roe deer and root vegetable potpie to home-reared rack of Jacob lamb, and baked caramel custard.

The pub has a beautiful garden, a large herbaceous border and raised vegetable beds. Herbs and vegetables are picked fresh from the pub's polytunnel, their bees make the honey and eggs are collected from the rare breed chickens that free-range in the field behind the pub. The four fabulous bedrooms are the icing on the cake - extremely comfortable with great attention to detail.

Rooms from

Doubles: £125 - £220


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco dining
  • Kitchen garden
  • Parking available
  • Dog stay: £10

Quiet romance
With an excellent menu and beautifully decorated rooms, this cosy inn is the perfect spot for a quiet weekend getaway for two.

Dog-friendly
Do bring your dog with you - they are most welcome in the bar and overnight in the Hayloft room, where they will be greet with a water bowl, bed and a bone to boot!

Welli Deli

Homemade goodies for sale: sourdough bread daily; marmalade, jam, ketchup, chutney; sloe gin, eggs from their chickens, and much more.

Rooms

Four fabulous bedrooms are richly furnished with great attention to detail throughout - from homemade tea cosies and homemade biscuits to the rain showers, bathrobes and underfloor heating in the gorgeous bathrooms.

Original oak beams are impressive features in The Barn, The Hayloft and The Cart House rooms, housed in a beautifully converted barn behind the pub and the Old Cart Shed across the drive. The Apartment occupies the first floor of the pub and is a great space in which to relax and unwind, replete with a super king size bed and a sitting room with antique furnishings and a cast iron gas stove.

Simon and Jason have thought of everything to make your stay very comfortable. Expect to find Benchmark oak furniture; Gainsborough mattresses; Hungarian goose down; Malin & Goetz toiletries; mini-bar; loose-leaf tea; homemade shortbread; complimentary Times newspaper on request; Roberts radio; and Nespresso machines. Wake up refreshed for a delicious breakfast and explore the local footpaths.

Restaurant & bar

The food and the ethos behind The Wellington Arms is all about the 'wow' factor, so make sure you book one of the prized tables to savour Jason's first-class modern British cooking.

Much of the produce used on the daily menu is organic and sourced within a five-mile radius of the pub. Herbs and vegetables are picked fresh from the pub's kitchen garden, honey is collected from their own hives, and rare-breed pigs and lambs are reared in the field behind the pub. This may translate to rabbit, pheasant and pork terrine with spiced apple chutney; 28-day dry-aged Grange Farm ribeye steak with hand-cut chips and red wine sauce; and Helen's treacle tart with proper custard.

It may be more of a restaurant with rooms than a pub, but that doesn't detract from the quality of drinks on offer at the bar. Beer drinkers will find West Berkshire Good Old Boy and a guest beer on tap and there's a good choice of everchanging cocktails displayed on the blackboards. Mirroring the ethos of The Wellington Arms as a whole, the wine list favours organic and small producers.
Private dining

A private dining room seats 16 guests or you can arrange to have exclusive use of the pub.

Things to do

Built by William Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, between 1518 and 1527, The Vyne is a grand country house with a Tudor chapel, a Palladian staircase and a variety of old panelling and furniture. There's also the chance to enjoy a woodland stroll in the attractive grounds. Herbaceous borders, a wild garden and one of the earliest summerhouses enhance the setting

Fans of Downton Abbey shouldn't miss Highclere Castle - where the interior for the award-winning television series is filmed. Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain's best-known houses, and well worth a visit. A tour of the house and park is a must.

Sandham Memorial Chapel is a small red-brick chapel built in the 1920s to house paintings by the artist Stanley Spencer inspired by his experiences in the First World War. Influenced by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua, Spencer took five years to complete what is arguably his finest achievement. The Chapel stands in a mature orchard and enjoys view towards Watership Down.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Basingstoke
Taxi from station: 15min
Drive: Newbury 25min; Reading 35min

Address

Baughurst Road, Baughurst, Hampshire RG26 5LP

Enquire to book

To make a booking enquiry, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 3pm.

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