Hare & Hounds Hotel


HH 2

Newbury takes pride in its horse-racing history, and this 17th-century country inn reflects it in 30 charming rooms and suites on the outskirts of town. Interiors are a curated muddle with a hunter’s lodge feel – chic pastel tones cut through dark wood and brass, cushions and curtains depict scenes of the hunt and retro touches include Roberts radios and Smeg fridges (stocked with craft beers, no less). Sloe gin is best enjoyed in the Bridle Suite’s roll-top copper bathtub.

The namesake hare and hounds feature in antique-style wallpapers, contemporary sculptures and gold-framed prints around every corner, including the restaurant. Farm-to-table plates are only to be expected in a revamped barn, complete with riding equipment adorning exposed brick walls, deer antlers looped around lighting and views of the countryside beyond. Four-legged friends are welcome, and a visit to the racecourse, a round of golf or a stroll up to medieval Donnington Castle will complete your country retreat nicely.

Doubles from £140. 01635 521152, hareandhoundsnewbury.co.uk

Words by Jas Matulewicz.

This review was taken from the Christmas 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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