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The Downgate, Hungerford - pub details

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Address: 13, Down View, Park Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0ED [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28552) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Hungerford (0.1 miles), Kintbury (3.1 miles), Bedwyn (4.8 miles)

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Railway Tavern, Hungerford (0.1 miles), Plume of Feathers, Hungerford (0.3 miles), Three Swans Hotel, Hungerford (0.3 miles), Borough Arms, Hungerford (0.3 miles), John O'Gaunt Inn, Hungerford (0.3 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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Characterful, small pub with great views over the common. Tasty good food at value-for-money prices with decent Arkell's beers. I had the 3B and the Ginger IPA, both justifying their Cask Marque status. It was a shame that the Donnington's Life Sentence ran out as we walked in and was not replaced. Ciders are Strongbow and Stowford Press. I can't say I have ever commented on urinals before but this was the first time I have seen urinal goal posts (you will have to visit to see what I mean!).
paul_d102 - 25 May 2014 20:39
I was in Hungerford for a Southern League soccer play-off between Hungerford Town & Merthyr Town on a Bank Holiday afternoon. Nipped in here after visiting the pubs on the major roads. The few football fans who'd visited had gone and the few drinkers were seemingly regulars. Very impressed and not a little relieved to find an establishment that's still a pub. The other hostelries in Hungerford seem to concentrate either mainly or entirely on food these days. I can't blame them, as that's what the diminishing pool of punters with money seem to want these days... though I should think the pool of punters with money in Hungerford is still more a large lake of punters than a pool and I doubt if it's diminishing. This isn't Merthyr Tydfil.
The external photo doesn't do the place justice, as the seats outside look out over a verdant valley and it was idyllic on a warm early summer day.
You could call the place a mite pokey or you might say it has character. I'd go for the latter. Banknotes, football memorabilia & aircraft pics on the walls, together with a few interesting artefacts.
Dart board generally out of commission, though: sited above a wall seat & I'd assume only used when there's a match on.
Friendly and entertaining bar staff and local drinkers seemed sociable.
Beer? As mentioned, plenty of Arkell's staples on offer and were excellent. Would definitely be my first point of call on a return visit to Hungerford.

MarlingSnallard - 6 May 2013 22:24
Nice traditional little pub on the edge of Hungerford common. Well kept Arkells beer, I had the Wiltshire Gold and a Sunday lunch that takes some beating. Will be returning on a regular basis.
pcbvt68 - 26 Feb 2013 12:31
I completely agree about this lovely pub, it's one of the few Arkells haven't screwed up. Long may it survive!
Honeybadger - 16 Sep 2012 17:27
Its reassuring that pubs like this still survive . The kind of delightful pub that is fast disappearing, untouched by modern trends to modernise and gastro-ise. On the occasion we visited, staffed by two ladies and a shy but talkative parrot This pub offers good traditional home cooked meals, like those my mother used to cook and sold at budget prices. With four Arkells ales on offer, we stuck with the Moonlight which was in excellent condition. A must for a return visit.
Hellskitchen - 16 Sep 2012 16:46

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