Newbury, Berkshire

The attractive market town of Newbury has much to offer for all generations. Offering a perfect blend of character and amenities, the high street is full of historic buildings and a great selection of shops, without the crowds of bigger towns.

Newbury town centre is delightfully compact, with most of the chain and independent shops, cinema, theatre, bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk of each other. Markets are held several times a week in the town square, along with feature and seasonal markets.

The influx of lucrative industry, notably Vodafone, has brought new residents, attracted by house prices a fraction of those in London, with the ‘country’ lifestyle to go with it. The resulting evolution of the town’s entertainment and services has ensured Newbury can hold its own as a one-stop shop for residents from miles around.

Meanwhile, the surrounding villages are seemingly endless and utterly charming, ideal for pretty countryside walks and great Sunday roasts.

Culture & Entertainment

The Corn Exchange Theatre has a full schedule of plays, cinema nights and family events. The town square plays host to several events each year such as a Christmas parade, fire festival and art shows which are incredibly well attended by local residents, the atmosphere is wonderful.

Highclere Castle, thanks to Downton Abbey, is now firmly on the global tourist map. For locals, the Battle Proms picnic concert is a spectacular day out with air displays and music.

Newbury Racecourse, along with regular horse racing, features big name concerts and seasonal events, and is now surrounded by a well laid out housing development.

Shaw House opens its doors to regular exhibitions, workshops and concerts.

Arlington Arts Centre offers a full program of theatre, dance, comedy and music.

The Watermill theatrein a picture postcard village setting, hosts regular plays and events.

The nearby Michelin starred Woodspeen restaurant offer the perfect opportunity for dinner and theatre.

 

Nibbles & Tipples

There’s a huge amount of choice in and around Newbury with plenty of independent restaurants and bars to enjoy. Our favourites:

Goat on the Roof

Right in the centre of Newbury, this independent restaurant serves British tapas, always with delightfully fresh and inventive food. They also now run a wine bar upstairs. Perfect for great food, atmospheric dining and wonderful service.

The Woodspeen

Contemporary fine dining on the edge of Newbury, they serve seasonal food using home grown ingredients with inventive flavours in a beautifully restored and modernised farmhouse. They have a great reputation far and wide, well worth a visit.

Mio Fiore

This Italian restaurant in Newbury town centre is always busy and vibrant with classic Italian dishes and great specials. An Italian client and I often go here – she loves it which speaks volumes!

Chegos

A gorgeous little spot serving sharing platters and great wines. Interior décor that’s Instagram worthy and friendly service. The ‘sharing platter’ approach is growing and it’s a great idea. Worth a visit with friends.

The Vineyard

A 5* Relais & Chateaux  hotel in Stockcross, just outside Newbury. Along with gorgeous food they have a 30,000 bottle wine cellar and host regular events. Ideal for special occasions or just for an evening when you want to spoil yourself.

Damson

One to watch. Henry Kremer-Ireson, previously of Henry & Joe’s has opened Damson restaurant just outside Newbury, once again focusing on creative set menus and fine dining. Accommodating all dietary requirements it’s a great spot for a special evening out.

Lock Stock & Barrel

This is a Kai Carter Estates favourite. Although it’s nothing fancy, it’s right on the canal in the centre of Newbury and has plenty of outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the setting, especially for summertime sunsets.

The Dolphin

This town centre pub has a lovely terrace, always busy in the summer, great food, a popular event space and generally a lovely atmosphere.

Teashop by the Canal

A Kai Carter Estates favourite. This lovely café in a beautiful period building serves lovely breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Their home-made cakes are as delicious as they are beautiful. For warmer days, the outdoor seats by the canal are the ideal spot to watch the world go by.

The Red House

Set in a pretty thatched cottage, this destination pub consistently serves divine food in a country pub setting with friendly service. I often take guests here and they always love it.

Boxford

With a great team behind this restaurant, the focus is on food and atmosphere. Their pizzas are superb, their breakfasts worth the drive for the indulgence and they have an extensive wine list to boot.

 

Parks & Recreation

The Kennet & Avon canal runs through the centre of Newbury with regular canal boat trips for visitors. Hire a boat or take a walk to explore the miles of canal and footpaths connecting nearby villages.

Crossed with tree lined walkways, Victoria park is a valued asset to Newbury with play areas, a bowling green, splash park, tennis courts, boating (pedalo) pond, mini-golf and skate park. On a sunny day it’s alive with visitors, an ideal spot for a picnic, stroll, reading a book or watching a band in the bandstand during their busy summer schedule.

Donnington Castle has lovely views and borders Snelsmore Common, a beautiful slice of nature popular with families and walkers.

Transport Links

Newbury is on the crossing point of the North/South A34 and East/West M4, convenient for commuting to Oxford, Reading, Didcot, Swindon and Basingstoke.

By train, London Paddington is less than an hour away direct, with other connections to Reading, Bristol and Penzance.

Discover….

If you’re planning a trip to the area, below is a suggested itinerary to take in the local area:

Breakfast

Teashop by the Canal

This lovely café in a beautiful period building serves great creative breakfasts. On a warm day, the outdoor seating by the canal is the ideal spot to watch the world go by.

Newbury’s independent retailers

Take a stroll around the town centre and visit the lovely independent retailers, ideal for interior design touches and personalised gifts, including Newbury Monopoly! These are our favourites:

No92

They have a great range of eco, local and niche gifts. We often shop here for birthday gifts that will stand out from the crowd.

Temptations

A great selection of unusual and niche gifts including candles, plushies, scarves, cards and wrapping.

Nature’s Corner

People travel from far and wide for this natural health shop. They have a great range of food, health and beauty products with incredibly knowledgeable staff. They also sell Booja Booja chocolates, which we love!

Canal side walk

The Kennet & Avon Canal runs through Newbury, with swans, kayakers and walkers aplenty. Head in either direction, there are bridges along the way to cross over and head back into the centre of Newbury.

Lunch

Goat on the Roof

Right in the centre of Newbury, this independent restaurant serves British tapas, always with delightfully fresh and inventive food. They offer lunch specials and a wine bar upstairs. Perfect for great food, atmospheric dining and wonderful service.

Highclere Castle

Thanks to Downton Abbey, is now firmly on the global tourist map. This lovely stately home offers an injection of history and culture.

Recommended visit length 1-3 hours, based on 1 hour for the house, 30 minutes for the Egyptian exhibition and 30 minutes for the grounds.

Dinner

The Woodspeen

Contemporary fine dining on the edge of Newbury, they serve seasonal food using home grown ingredients with inventive flavours in a beautifully restored and modernised farmhouse. They have a great reputation far and wide, well worth a visit.

Evening

Watermill Theatre

A charming, pocket sized theatre with a great selection of shows. They also have a bar and restaurant, all just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Newbury. A lovely way to finish the evening if you enjoy the arts.

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