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“A shame but not very good ...”
Review of John O'Gaunt

John O'Gaunt
Ranked #3 of 33 Restaurants in Hungerford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A lovely free house in the heart of Hungerford, serving Hungerfords best selection of ales, ciders and proper home cooked food. Daily changing menu, constantly changing range of 6 ales and 4 ciders.
Inkpen, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A shame but not very good ...”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

My husband and I eat out very regularly and decided to travel to Hungerford and try the John O'Gaunt. On arrival we were welcomed by two smiley young ladies behind the bar and ordered drinks and asked if we could have a table for dinner, we were told to choose any spare table but it was explained that as they were very busy there would be a 45 minute wait for food, we decided this was OK so found a table, We ordered starters and mains and we noted with interest the note on the menu stating that the chips were normally triple cooked but if anyone liked the skinny 'McDonalds-type' chips the kitchen were able to accommodate this request! My huband,(who dislikes triple cooked and seasoned chips specifically asked for, white, thin, non-seasoned chips and was told this would be OK. A couple of minutes after placing our order the waitress returned to explain that there were no prawn cocktals left so my husband decided to go without a starter. My beer battered prawns duly arrived and were absolutely fine. When our main courses eventually arrived my ploughmans was very nicely presented but my husbands chips were obviously thick triple cooked, skin-on chips - exactly what he did not want! when he mentioned this to the waitress she replied that the kitchen was very busy! We proceded to start our meals, my bread and the salad were OK but I have to say the cheese selection, which sounded so tempting on the menu, was all very disappointing all three (stilton, brie and cheddar) were very bland and rubbery, in fact I would not be surprised if they had been purchased from Tesco - certainly not from a good quality cheese supplier, no butter was provided for the bread and even the pickled onion was pretty tastless and soft, the ham was also not up to scratch; then there were the chips! My husband did make an attempt to eat some as he was very hungry as his prawn cocktail starter was not available but having eaten 3 of them gave it up as a bad job. When he paid he asked that the chips be removed from the bill as they had not been eaten and were not what he had asked for, the young lady was very understanding but once again explained that they had been very busy, surely the fact that the note on the menu specifically states that different types of chips can be provided, busy or not this should be adhered to. Overall not a good experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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5 Thank tokkihazel
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Pleasant staff & good food”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

This was our first visit to Hungerford and we dropped in here for lunch. We ate in the rear garden terrace area which was less noisy as it was further away from the busy road. The food was freshly cooked and of good quality and the service was very pleasant. Would go again should we be in the area.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank KAS747
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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Just Plain Good”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I have had several dinners at the John O'Gaunt and they have always been great value, tasty and quality pub food. Good selection of beers and wines and friendly and timely service make for a pleasant evening, even the locals join in with some friendly banter, making it a homely and relaxing venue.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Andrew D
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Dymchurch, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Large portions!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Stopped for lunch at this pub. Two of our party had soup which was apparently delicious. One had crayfish sandwich which was very tasty and I had the chicken and bacon toasted club sandwich which was huge. The sandwiches came with chips too! Pleasant staff. All in all a very nice pub.

Visited June 2014
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Thank ragjag
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

First class service, friendly staff, good food, welcoming pub with nice beer garden and good car parking facilities.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank BHW123
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