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The Starting Gate, Newbury - pub details

Address: 75 Brummell Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1SG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32535) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Newbury (1.1 miles), Newbury Racecourse (1.4 miles), Thatcham (4.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.8/10 (rated by 6 users)
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user reviews of the Starting Gate, Newbury

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The previous poster got one thing right. This IS a better than average “estate pub” – but that still doesn’t make it much cop !

It is open plan, but with a few nooks and corners where you can have a little privacy. There are large screen TVs, but they can’t be seen from everywhere, and aren’t intrusive. Strangest feature, is that to reach the gents toilets, you have to follow a twisting path past several padlocked doors, until your bump of topography tells you that you must be just behind the bar. Maybe your outflow goes directly into their lager tanks !

Had one real ale available when I visited – a reasonable pint of Wadworth 6X. A pump with Doom Bar was (thankfully) “not available, and there were a couple of other blank pumps.

Food is available all day, and centres around what is claimed to be “140 different burgers”. These range greatly in price – my “Rustyburger” seemingly charging £2 for some cheese sauce and a few bits of bacon. And beware – chips cost extra ! Reasonable quality, but not cheap, and portions weren’t enormous either.

5/10 – “better than some” is not necessarily a recommendation !

Martinsh - 25 Sep 2014 22:41
It now has an excellent charity quiz from 8:30 every Thursday.....and it is indeed a friendly fun place.
binsinc - 12 Dec 2013 15:57
Fantastic friendly pub - (never judge a book by its cover) Always a warm welcoming atmosphere. Plenty of large flat screen tv's and Sky+ to watch all sports. Excellent live music every weekend. Poker every Thursday and Karaoke 1st Friday of every month which is amazing!!
The food is excellent here - all freshly prepared and homecooked - and there recent development of there "Burger Board" is amazing - trying to work through it myself!!! Yummy!
Nice clean pints and plenty of choice. Wicked drink promo's which make it even easier on the wallet!!
Try this pub out its awesome - Great for a quite drink and bite to eat during the day - and a real laugh and great atmosphere at weekends.

Peachy14 - 19 Apr 2011 21:03
Don't be put off by the outside (typical modern "estate" pub) - it's a friendly place with decent, if slightly pricey, beer.
Dan137 - 25 May 2008 10:37

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