Locals living in the vicinity of West Berkshire's A4 between Newbury and Hungerford are spoiled with this Gastropub. And the food is certainly worth the travel for those who live outside or happen to be looking here on Trip Advisor for somewhere to stop off at while travelling for a meal- and people do. This site has always been a pub since the mid 1800's and was re-named the Halfway (Inn) situated halfway between Newbury and Hungerford, Halfway between London and Bristol although the Inn part of the name was dropped more recently.
The attraction is the combination of soothing ambient, set with low lighting, a glowing fire and the warm glow from an array of candles. So instantly welcoming and throughout the visit it was always almost 1948.
Friendly and hospital staff, well kept lager with a selection of Badger ales and bottled cider along with a menu not overly complicated.A place that somewhat makes one proud to be British.
I had the goats cheese salad starter and my companion had the Scallops served on a bed of pea risotto, both opting for the Chicken breast supreme for our mains.
If I was the chicken I would be ever so pleased to discover that I gave my life to finish in a dish so perfectly prepared. Condolences to the chicken.
The desserts were tempting , and although now both full from the generous portions they were too tempting to pass. We ordered two desserts to share . The lemon tarte was fresh and the “jolt” of lemon in every bite is incredible. You almost question whether or not its made from some super-distilled extract, though the natural flavour of the juice and zest of the lemons reassures you that you’re eating the real thing. And then there’s the colour. Using farm-fresh free-range egg yolks, the natural deep yellow colour was stunning!! The banoffee pie was also a delight! Our bill came to £90 with tip and many drinks, and a three course meal each- great value for money.
All in all a fantastic evening. Well done to James and Magdalena and Marcin for the wonderful evening. We will be back soon !
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