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“Garden” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of John O'Gaunt

John O'Gaunt
Ranked #2 of 32 Restaurants in Hungerford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, 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.
Newbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Garden”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Called in for a couple of pints late afternoon, and were greeted by a friendly member to staff. This is a very nice pub with a good range of real ales. No real atmosphere as there was only one other customer. Decided to sit out in the garden and were very disappointed. The plants are dead or dying, the water feature wasn't flowing just full of stagnant water and the paving a mess of weeds and cigarette ends. What a shame.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank lawman42
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Newbury
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“First Visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We called in recently for a drink, and decided to sit in the garden which is described as
beautifull in the bar. If only. It was basically an outdoor ashtray, very sad looking with dying plants, tables littered with glasses, somewhere which should be an oasis but was not. Such a contrast to the other pub owned by the licencee., which is a pleasure to visit,

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank DeirdreNewbury
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

busy bar. excellent good value food. wide choice of ales. seating could have been a bit more comfortable. considering how busy it was service was very good. not always easy to get to the bar as they have seats against it and people often eat there.

Helpful?
Thank Barry W
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Inkpen, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A shame but not very good ...”
2 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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5 Thank tokkihazel
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Pleasant staff & good food”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank KAS747
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