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The Star Inn, Newbury - pub details

Address: Newbury Road, Kingsclere, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 4SY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34710) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Thatcham (4.2 miles), Newbury Racecourse (5 miles), Newbury (5.2 miles)

Chain: Vintage Inns
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> Current user rating: 4.6/10 (rated by 7 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Crown, Kingsclere (1.1 miles), Royal Oak, Ecchinswell (1.1 miles), Swan Hotel, Kingsclere (1.2 miles), George and Horn, Kingsclere (1.2 miles)

 

user reviews of the Star Inn, Newbury

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Dropped in for a pint and a bite to eat, quite liked it, nicely done out without too much rustic bling, food, pint and service all good. Better than a lot of places around here
gumbril - 31 Oct 2011 23:00
OK pub for middling pub fare. Near where I own a horse and OK place for a lunch for 10 without being super. It won't blow your socks off but does the job.

3 ales 2 Brains but a nice 3.5% session beer called The Wanderer (assume 3rd beer is a guest) which was tasty.
bedfont - 29 Jun 2011 16:01
Now taken over by Vintage Inns and with a new guv'nor and sufficient staff the service has greatly improved. The beers are generally London Pride, Brians SA and Doombar and are all well kept and reasonably priced. The food is standard catering "pub grub" good of its kind but the portions are a bit stingy (except for the mixed grill which is massive!). The full carpark most evenings shows the Star is back to what it used to be 4 or 5 years ago.
Dan137 - 20 Jan 2011 23:04
This could be a really first rate pub if only it had the staff. Early evenings there is usually only one person, rushed off their feet, trying to do both the bar and wait tables.

Also, none of the bar staff are trained. On one visit, the pump ran dry and the sole bar person did not know how to change the barrel and seemingly could not find anyone who could. As a result I was given my money back! Something that has never happened to me in any pub before.

In spite of all this it seems to have a good food trade. Maybe I just hit it at the wrong time.
Dan137 - 28 Mar 2010 19:23
I visited this pub around the same time as the previous reviewer (Sept 09) and could not agree more with their comments. My visit was especially disappointing given that this used to be a half-decent pub with a good atmosphere and friendly staff. Sadly, the reverse is now true.

Bar 'service' was abrupt and rushed and there were clearly not enough staff (one woman taking bar and food orders). I went in for a Sunday roast - surely a staple meal of the good British pub? Well not this one. Half the menu had sold out but had not been rubbed off the blackboard. Beef was available and was about the only edible thing on the plate. The rest was pretty appalling and the portions small:

Roast potatoes - like moon rocks, we did complain to our waitress about this who looked at us as if I'd just asked her to recite the theory of relativity.
Veg - assortment of over-cooked frozen veg. The green beans tasted like wet string and the parsnips like polystyrene.
The Yorkshire Pud - looked like a new lifeform and had the consistency of sandpaper.
Gravy - gloopy brown stuff that had the consistency of treacle.

Overall a debacle, complemented only by the loud and foul-mouthed yobs by the fruit machine. A terrible experience and one made all the worse by the fact it used to be pretty good. I have given it 1/10 for the beef.
gg500 - 17 Jan 2010 20:03

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