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An Inspector Calls: Berkshire’s Crab & Boar hotel has ‘poshed-up’

January 4th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • The Crab Boar is now part of a expanding Epicurean Collection, that owns a series of pubs in abundant shires
  • It used to be called a Crab during Chieveley with bedrooms named after famous hotels such as Sandy Lane and Cipriani
  • Apparently a stream cook has knowledge in a two-Michelin star establishment, ensuing in some glorious dishes

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The Crab Boar has altered hands twice given we were final here. Only satisfactory to give it another go.

It used to be called a Crab during Chieveley and was a correct mishmash, with racehorse badges (it’s circuitously Lambourne and Newbury racecourse) unresolved from a roof along with fishnets and nautical rigging. 

Rooms were named after famous hotels and flashy accordingly. There was a Sandy Lane, Cipriani, La Mamounia, Gleneagles.

The Crab  Boar has altered hands a series of times, though now  it's partial of a expanding Epicurean Collection

The Crab Boar has altered hands a series of times, though now  it’s partial of a expanding Epicurean Collection

Famous guests: Oliver Cromwell stayed during a Berkshire accommodation in 1644 when it was called a Blue Boar

Famous guests: Oliver Cromwell stayed during a Berkshire accommodation in 1644 when it was called a Blue Boar

Now it’s partial of a expanding Epicurean Collection, that owns a Dundas Arms during circuitously Kintbury and a series of other poshed-up pubs in a some-more abundant tools of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Oliver Cromwell stayed here in 1644 when it was called a Blue Boar and we brave contend he slept some-more soundly than we did. 

Our belligerent building room is typical — and noisy, with a Wantage Road crash outward a window.

It’s substantially a misfortune room in a hotel, despite neat and tidy, with a good-size bathroom. At least, we wish it’s a worst.

Where once a cosy bar was during a front of this thatched former boozer, now it’s during a behind and most larger, charity bar snacks and a good operation of drink on tap.

That leaves some-more room for tables in a restaurant, where a low beams, flickering candles and panelled walls make for a happy, spontaneous atmosphere.

The restaurant boasts low beams, flickering candles and panelled walls, that make for a happy, spontaneous atmosphere

The restaurant boasts low beams, flickering candles and panelled walls, that make for a happy, spontaneous atmosphere

And a food is really good indeed. Apparently, a cook has knowledge in a two-Michelin star establishment.

First, along comes a turn fritter of comfortable bread, accompanied by seaweed butter that we lay on thick and fast. 

That would sufficient as a starter, though we can’t conflict a mackerel, to be followed by splendidly proposal breast of pheasant with ideally baked kale and red cabbage. 

All really reasonable, too. And we like a approach daub H2O comes in tiny carafes with a cut of lime.

Locals will confirm either a Crab Boar survives in a new incarnation. We wish it does.

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The Crab Boar Wantage Rd, Chieveley, Berks RG20 8UE 01635 247550, crabandboar.com.

Doubles from £95 BB


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