On turning out of Newbury towards the Newbury Manor Hotel, our spirits dropped as we saw the entrance to the Manor on the opposite side of the road from a 'Sizzling' Pub. However, on driving through the gates, we were instantly immersed in lovely 'Country House' -style grounds, with a river running through and trees and lawns surrounding. We parked almost immediately outside Reception (not usually possible) and entered an excellent old building which has been cared for and extended over the years. The young lady in Reception was welcoming and efficient and after checking in to a wonderfuly spacious room, we strolled across the grounds and the small bridge, to the Restaurant. In the afternoon, we strolled along the canal into Newbury - maybe a 20 minute walk along great scenery, which included one lock (always an entertaining watch, when amateur-piloted narrow boats are coming through).
The Restaurant has such a lovely aspect, situated as it is over the lake, that we booked our evening meal there, immediatelyl. Was this a mistake? - no, it definitely wasn't; the food was good and plentiful and although our waitress was never going to win first prize in 'Brain of Britain', nonetheless, she was abundantly cheerful and helpful and saw to our culinary needs, very well. The bill at the end of the evening didn't spoil the occasion, either - it was extremely reasonable.
Overall, we would recommend this hotel to anyone and fully intend to visit there again, at some stage, probably with a couple of friends who we know would love it. Unhesitatingly rercommended.
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