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“Breakfast after a night in their (very small) hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Hatchet

The Hatchet
Ranked #39 of 186 Restaurants in Newbury
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Northumberland
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147 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Breakfast after a night in their (very small) hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

This is a review mostly for their accomodation, a cottage in the garden/car park with only two letting bedrooms.
Our room was a spotlessly clean room with a huge wetroom ensuite. The incredibly comfortable bed is a straight double, which is a bit of a pity as the room is well big enough for a king. The wetroom is huge and rather spartan but obviously designed with use for disabled guests and has a good shower. Coffee, tea, biscuits and bottled water are provided, as is free wifi.

The room is one of two in an old cottage building at the back of the pub. One room is upstairs, we had the downstairs room and were aware that the old floor above was a bit creaky. It is in the pub garden area and a small car park. On the Monday night we stayed it was really quiet even though there is a large dual carriageway about 100 yards away. ...delivery wagons for the pub did arrive quite early though, but this was not surprising it being slap bang in the town centre. I can imagine that this room wouldn't be quiet until quite late on a warm summer weekend though.

There is one problem which made for a very disturbed night for me and possibly other guests who are used to a dark room.

Above the room door there is a green fire exit light (not something I have ever seen in a hotel room before) It doesn't look much of a problem when the lights are on or during the day but when the lights are off and the blackout curtains drawn the room is lit with a piercing overbright light, which is at the foot of the bed. To add to this almost above the bed is a burglar movement detector. This flashes a bright blue led three times when one of you sits up or gets out of bed....not ideal!! I told the staff about this and I wouldn't be surprised if they had addressed these issues by now as they were very obliging.

If they fixed this I would stay there again as the staff are lovely, efficient and welcoming. The ales in the pub are beautifully kept and chosen and tasting samples are offered to the undecided....and also, it being a Wetherspoons, very cheap. We had porridge for breakfast which was freshly prepared. With juice each and a tea and coffee it was just over 6 quid. The accomodation being bang in the town centre has lots of restaurants and pubs to chose from.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank boppsey
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  • English first
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English first
Newbury, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Eat with coat on”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

The Hatchet has a nice atmosphere and like all weatherspoons, the food is good quality for cheap prices.

The only issue is that the air conditioning was very cold causing back pain. Many diners were having to keep their coats on whilst eating their food. We complained and the air conditioning was turned down a little for 10 minutes only!

This spoilt the evening with my friends.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dawn L
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Berlin
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Last chance to get something to eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

Very comfty pub with good food. Serves until 11 PM while all others around seem to stop serving at least at 10 PM.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Matthias M
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great pub grub and cheapest drinks in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Eaten here a few times and the service and food have always been good. Often go for drinks here and theres always a nice friendly atmosphere and its nice to have good prices on your door step. the staff are always friendly and cheerful.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sunsearcher7
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Love the Ceaser chicken salad. Excellent value for money. Like the informal atmosphere. Staff polite and the service is quick. It really is good to find all this right in the centre of Newbury. Looking forward to our next visit...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank avalon50
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