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Reviews - Marco Pierre White's The Carnarvon Arms

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Winchester Road , Newbury, RG20 9LE
This beautifully renovated modern-day country inn ideally located within a few minutes from the A34 and historic market town of Newbury provides a seamless blend of traditional elegance with a twist of contemporary sophistication. It prides itself on offering a warm welcoming environment with outstanding food, stylish accommodation, complimentary Wi-Fi and free onsite parking.

The Carnarvon Arms is a Grade II listed building dating all the way to the 1800’s. Back then it was a coaching inn, providing refreshment and rest for travellers to nearby Highclere Castle. More recently it has been exquisitely renovated, providing stunning modern standards that perfectly compliment the traditional aesthetic ambiance. With such an individual sense of style and character, not to mention its’ welcoming charm and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the Carnarvon Arms has garnered an exceptional reputation for hosting a multitude of successful events. For those looking for a unique alternative to the more conventional conference centres, the two meeting rooms provide intimate and informal surroundings without compromising on professionalism. Weddings and parties are also catered for. Whatever the occasion, a dedicated events team is on hand to ensure a smooth running and hassle-free service providing that unbeatable combination of flexibility, quality and value for money.

Beautifully furnished in rich warm colours, each of the 23 stylish en-suite bedrooms have been purposefully designed to meet the needs of the modern traveller. All rooms offer a range of home comforts and facilities such as thick comfy duvets, toiletries, flat-screen plasma TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Both Twin and Double Rooms are available.

No visit to the Carnarvon Arms would be complete without first experiencing the Wheeler’s of St James’s menu which is served throughout, enabling a different choice of dining styles. It is this versatility – the balance of a fine dining ethos and standard set in a laid-back country pub environment – that is so popular with diners.

Our experienced kitchen team source as many ingredients as possible from locally based suppliers to ensure freshness and the shortest route to table, including organic meats and vegetables.

The Carnarvon Arms is perfect for leisure and business travellers, providing an accessible location with free on-site parking, making it an excellent base from which to explore the many wonders that the local area has to offer. If you take Junction 13 off the M4 towards Newbury the hotel is only a further 16 minute drive from the town centre. Alternatively it is 40 minutes from Junction 6 of the M3 via Basingstoke. Both of these towns offer excellent rail links to London and other major cities, and there is also a bus route that runs past the hotel. For those flying in, Britain’s largest airport Heathrow is approximately a 70 minute drive away.

The Carnarvon Arms is situated close to the village of Burghclere, the location of Sandham Memorial Chapel and the awe-inspiring Highclere Castle, the historic home of the Carnarvon family and the filming location of the popular drama series ‘Downton Abbey’. Often described as the finest example of an occupied Victorian Castle in England, this architectural masterpiece is steeped in historical significance and houses a vast collection of rare antiquities and art. A few minutes’ drive away is the town of Newbury, with a daily market, canal trips and an abundance of shops and restaurants, there is something to suit all tastes and expectations. Whether you crave the high-stakes thrill of competitive racing, or simply wish to soak up the atmosphere, Newbury Racecourse offers a top-class sporting venue with some of the best horseracing in the country and raceday hospitality to match. A mile north of Newbury is the ruins of Donnington Castle, an impressive 14th Century building that played a pivotal role in the Civil War. If theatre and the arts is more your thing, the surrounding area offers a wealth of different venues, from the high adventure of the Newbury Corn Exchange to the magic of live theatre at the Watermill, a beautiful converted mill on the banks of the river Lambourn. For children of all ages there is a world of fun to be had at Beale Park, Bucklebury Farm Park and Krazy Klub Activity Centre. For those seeking a more relaxing leisure break, there are several local golf courses, including the Championship standard Donnington Valley, as well as an abundance of opportunities for cycling, coarse fishing, horse riding or simply taking a scenic stroll along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
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75% recommended this accommodation to a friend 77% would stay again
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Friendly hotel and bar.
Very difficult to find without phone instructions (I lost my Sat-Nav).

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Anthony W

From Saltburn by The Sea, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

Travelling alone

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Very nice hotel / restaurant. Food is excellent. Staff friendly and accomadating. Whilst the decor is unusual it makes for an interesting visit. The only thing I would say is around the decor in the rooms, it is starting to look a bit shabby around the edges, stains on the carpets, paintwork in need of refreshing and the bathrooms could do with a little TLC. Otherwise a nice stay.

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A Marlor

From Lincoln, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

Travelling alone

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country break hotel
Perfectly satisfactory experience. The hotel - I assume formerly a country pub - is virtually next door to Highclere House (the TV Downton Abbey setting), the road traffic is a bit intrusive and the décor in the lounge and dining room was unusual. Overall good value for money.

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Martin P

From UK
Who stayed in September 2014

Couple

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Variable
The room seemed clean but the bathroom bin hadn't been emptied since the last (must have been a lady) guest and even though I mentioned this to a member of staff it wasn't emptied in my 4 night stay. Not pleasant. The carpet was also very stained.
The price was reasonable for the area but any hope of food that was better than the usual fare was not long lived. The meals were certainly edible but again very average. The staff seemed permanantly on the edge of not coping with demand, while they were very pleasant service was patchy

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S Ryan

From Wellingborough, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

Travelling alone

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Didn't meet expectations
A very odd place. Rooms ok but nothing special. Restaurant food might have been good for carnivores but was rubbish for vegetarians. Don't get caught out thinking that the MPW name means it will be a high quality experience. Think you could do better in any decent gastro pub in the area,

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Jan M

From Knutsford, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

Travelling alone

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Love the eclectic decor, just what a country inn should be like. Great service and great food at reasonable prices.

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B Hollis-Gadsby

From Dorking, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

Couple

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A little disappointed...
I cannot fault the staff, they were very welcoming and helpful but I had a terrible nights sleep. I heard dogs barking in the room next door until around 10:30pm, I suspect their owners left them in the room to go down stairs to dinner but it was quite distressing to listen to. The walls are very thin and you can hear every movement...I was still awake at 1:30am. I am not sure anything can be done to resolve this but I wouldn't recommend staying here if you have to get up early the next day. Normally I wouldn't mind but I had to be up at 6am. I really enjoyed the meal but I wouldn't stay here again.

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k young

From Southampton, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Quiet country hotel and restaurant
Nice room, well appointed, clean and fresh.

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Graham M

From UK
Who stayed in January 2014

Travelling alone

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Hobbit room
Three of us stayed - although all tall one was 6' 6'''. He was shown to his room and the ceiling in the room and bathroom was only 6' 3''. He couldnt stand up straight in either.
Although they didnt know what height we/he was on booking oon check-in and then being taken up to his room surely this should have been recognised. The other two of us only found this out a dinner and by then had unpacked, showered etc - we would have easily changed rooms before if made aware.
Wi Fi was broken throughout the stay which for a business trip/meeting was far from ideal.
Decorators were painting throughout so despite windows/doors being open (and it was a cold January day) the place smelt of paint.
But food very good although waiter split coffee on one guest.

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Alex R

From St Albans, UK
Who stayed in January 2014

With colleagues

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I really enjoyed staying here. I travel a lot and enjoy the fact that this has real character. The food was first class - freshly cooked and really tasty. I will definitely stay again! Have already recommended to others.

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Jenny R

From Bristol, UK
Who stayed in January 2014

Travelling alone

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