Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Newbury
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Newbury restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 15 restaurants in Newbury and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Newbury restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Henry & Joe's British, Modern restaurant in Newbury 17 Cheap Street - RG14
“A wonderful find in the centre of Newbury”: local lads Henry and Joe’s “small but perfectly formed gem” (22 covers) has been open a couple of years now and is winning renown for its “incredible value and great food”. “Passionately run” by this “former head chef and head waiter from the Woodspeen” they “started it as a pop-up and it grew from there”: “the open kitchen runs like clockwork”, service from Joe is “very personalised” and results – either from the à la carte or (if you push the boat out) the seven-course taster menu for £75 – are “truly stunning: every element of each dish is well thought out and blissful flavours dance around in the mouth”.
2. The Woodspeen British, Modern restaurant in Newbury Lambourn Rd - RG20
“Set in rural Berkshire with stunning views”, John Campbell’s accoladed venue “sounds like it should be a pub, but is in reality a skilled and soignée restaurant”: “thoughtfully designed”, with an “airy”, “modern” interior that “opens onto a large terrace”. “The cooking is very good” from an “interesting and changing menu” of “original yet reassuring dishes”, “beautifully presented, and skilfully and charmingly served”. Top Tip – “good for a sophisticated supper before the theatre at the nearby Watermill”.
3. Arigato Japanese restaurant in Newbury 1 Bridge Street - RG14
“Exciting and modern Japanese cooking, exemplified by the house special tempura sushi roll”, and turned out by an ex-Nobu chef, wins stellar feedback for this operation in a Grade II-listed Georgian former bank by the river; new innovations include kids’ and vegan menus, and a first-floor ‘Music Room’ for casual izakaya dining, sushi masterclasses and karaoke.
4. The Crab & Boar Fish & seafood restaurant in Newbury Wantage Rd - RG20
2017 Review: Renamed and expensively refurbed, this country pub-with-rooms (fka The Crab at Chieveley) now offers a “very pleasant interior”, including an “excellent pub grub area”; “the menu (as the name) espouses both fish and meat now”, with the fish in particular “restoring the high standards” achieved in the past.
5. The Newbury British, Traditional restaurant in Newbury 137 Bartholomew Street - RG14
2018 Review: “Part of the West Berks eating and going out scene!” This five-year-old gastropub – complete with a cute garden and roof terrace – serves a good variety of fare, including pizza and steaks from the grill.
6. Chilis Restaurant Indian restaurant in Newbury Station Approach - RG14
2018 Review: Your best option for a curry in this cute market town is this unassuming-looking subcontinental, handy for the train station, with its “great selection of authentic Indian food” (from dosas to tandooris).
7. Rennaisant French restaurant in Bagnor High Street - RG20
Opening on the site of The Blackbird (RIP) in September 2021, a new fine dining restaurant from the same chef, Dom Robinson, who will continue to cook the classic French cuisine that made the previous incarnation so popular; during lockdown, Robinson ran a pop-up outdoor dining restaurant called Pizza Paloma here, which may continue in some form as well.
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