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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

1 mile from Highclere Castle. Stayed and ate our evening dinner at The Carnarvon Arms. Very nice room with superbly comfortable bed. Room and ensuite were compact but newly decorated and no complaints. Food was not cheap, neither was the wine list but both food and drink were both tasty, my wife's steak was cooked exactly as she requested. Sat... More 

Thank manufan51
Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whilst this pub and inn is in the country, it is also very close to the motorway and to the historic Highclere Castle. The building, inside and out, is beautiful and the service is excellent. I have enquirer about staying there this Christmas for my vacation. Will definitely go back. I didn't have lunch, but the restaurant seemed pretty busy... More 

Thank Gonzalo G
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfectly situated five minutes from Highclere Castle this pub is fab. Very friendly staff, really good food and a lovely clean and ambient interior. My roast was lovely, really fresh veg and cracking yorkshires. Save some room for dessert though as they're pretty special too. Reasonably priced, but not cheap but you get what you pay for - quality. Our... More 

Thank Caroline M
Essex, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there for lunch after a visit to Highclere Castle. The place itself is really nice we were greeted really well and sat down to enjoy our lunch! We promptly ordered and waited. We ate our starter a very nice sharing board of charcuterie and waited on our main course! When these arrived one of them we had an... More 

Thank John T
DOXFORDS, General Manager at The Carnarvon Arms Hotel, responded to this review

Dear John I am extremely sorry about your experience at the Carnarvon arms on Sunday 14th. I am glad the waitress rectified the situation at the time and you was able to continuing enjoying your meal. I was not informed of the situation on Sunday which I apologise again about, Communication is part of my training plan I have in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This really was a very nice pub and hotel that has undergone a £million plus refurb which brings me to the only draw back, the lack of thought on the bathroom layout. Quality is superb. I stayed in the 'l'escargot room'. First off as a bloke there is no way you can stand in front of the toilet because the... More 

Thank ThePhoenixEssex
Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited restaurant on a Monday evening with family. The staff were very friendly and service excellent. With our meal we were given a complimentary bottle of Champagne and a starter each, due to a previous poor experience (not under current management). The whole meal was good with all our food very enjoyable. Recommended and we will be back.

1 Thank Rob B
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service, really high quality food and were more than welcome to personalise a meal for our one year old. Perfect location for a visit to Highclere Castle. Just what we needed after a long drive from the north. Good value for money considering where it is. Would recommend to any one in the area

1 Thank Georgeandkerri
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice country place. The area and the food is excellent. Service is the best, you feel as if your part of the gentry, which lives in the area. We had sandwiches, they don,t scrimp on the content either. Lovely Grannery crusty bread. With salad, and pint of real ale.

Thank Vic J
DOXFORDS, Landlord at The Carnarvon Arms Hotel, responded to this review

What a great review and is wonderful to hear we make you feel like you should do - regarded and special... I will feedback to the team and especially my sandwich guru. Look forward to the next time you need our warming hospitality and scrummy food Regards Dan More 

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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointing Saturday night dinner for two couples, particularly as previous visits have been OK and recent reviews have had 5 stars. Manager was very welcoming with a nice manner, however.. Wrong Rioja delivered 2014 instead of 2009, one of the starters was incorrect (Squid instead of Bubble & Squeak) and when queried were told that the kitchen only had... More 

Thank jwystand
DOXFORDS, lANDLORD at The Carnarvon Arms Hotel, responded to this review

As you mentioned we are fortunate to receive many great reviews and work hard to achieve this. It is with a heavy heart that I read and reflect on your last visit. Of course I don't want anyone to leave feeling disappointed in my business and all of the issues raised above are being addressed and mostly down to timings... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here last Sunday, meeting up with family, as it's equidistant between them and us and made a nice change from the over-busy Cotswolds where we usually meet up. The building itself is old and has been very well refurbished and modernised without losing any of its character or charm. It was a very hot, sunny afternoon, and... More 

Thank traceyhancock
DOXFORDS, Landlord at The Carnarvon Arms Hotel, responded to this review

This is what I call a detailed response and you should definitely have a food/going out blog as it gives me a real sense of the experience you all had. It was with a warm heart that the feedback was positive and this gives me the opportunity to reward and praise the staff for great service. It is the service... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located just a few miles from Newbury town centre, next door to Highclere Castle, on the route of The Wayfarers Walk and close to many other attractions such as Newbury Race Course and the beautiful North Wessex Downs, this cosy inn offers an ideal retreat for business travellers and leisure visitors alike. The Grade II listed building was built in the 1800s as a coaching inn providing a stop off for travellers to nearby Highclere Castle, home to the present Lord and Lady Carnarvon. It is now beautifully restored and renovated, offering a stunning dining room with a high vaulted ceiling, a thriving friendly bar and 19 stylish bedrooms. With the focus on high quality, locally sourced produce, our food menu offers a choice of modern British a la carte dishes, traditional pub classics and a mouth-watering array of bar snacks. The bedrooms offer home from home comforts such as comfy duvets, thick fluffy towels, luxury toiletries, flat screen TVs with Freeview and free wi-fi. Not to mention a hearty 1st class traditional English Breakfast. The inviting surroundings and great service provided by our very friendly team, make this the perfect choice for a romantic weekend away. The Carnarvon Arms is perfect for a glass of champagne with the girls, a pint at the bar or a relaxed yet impressive lunch or dinner. Its the perfect spot for a weekend break in the country, or for private dining, offers bespoke meals and accommodation for shoot parties, ideal wedding accommodation and simply the best Sunday roast for miles.. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Carnarvon Arms Hotel

Address: Winchester Road | Whitway, Newbury RG20 9LE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Newbury
Price Range: $96 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Carnarvon Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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