Blissful weekend away at The Wellington Arms

taken from trip advisor

Each September we've started a bit of a tradition in getting out of London, heading to Hampshire and going to the Newbury show - a proper country folk knees up! The past two years we have decided to make a whole weekend of it and stay at the wonderful Wellington Arms in Baughurst - a beautiful country pub serving excelling food and houses three beautifully furnished rooms. It has now become one of my favourite places to go, it's just bliss.

This year we joined up with our friends, 'the soon-to-be Locks' whom are newly(ish) engaged and therefore making it also a weekend of celebrations. 

The pub has a small, self sufficient farm which they use throughout their dishes. The herbs used in the cooking are grown around the patio and garden and a small holding field is at the back of the land for their pigs, sheep, bees and chickens - possibly the freshest eggs I have ever had! 

We arrived at 6pm and collected our keys for the Hayloft room which is absolutely charming. 

New beams have been put in place to keep with the traditional features of the room. Where the old hayloft was is a cute reading area accessible only for those without a fear of heights! Mr D shot up there for a bit of R'n'R - probably to get away from me for an hour!! 

Up in the Hayloft.

It also features a rainfall shower, Aesop toiletries and the best EMPEROR sized bed which is absolutely enormous.

What is quite obvious here is that Jason and Simon really have thought of every little detail - down to a 'tea'...

Quick shower and change before enjoying a G and T in the garden at 7pm before is literally, the perfect place for the drivers amongst us!

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Today's meal is scrawled on the blackboard in the main room above the fireplace. This evening there was also a special, of Lobster which sounded divine...

Once your choice is taken by one of the delightful staff a basket of freshly made bread and churned butter is delivered and quickly devoured.  

To start, I had the home cured ham hock, fennel and parsley terrine. Served with a mustard mayo, home grown leaves and hot toast. This was excellently balanced, seasoned and moreish. The fennel wasn't overpowering, cooked till soft and combined with the ham which was tender, sweet and succulent. The mustard mayo gave a good sharpness and a welcome addition to an already pretty much perfect dish.

Miss W went for the infamous twice baked cheese soufflĂ© on a bed of sautĂ©ed courgettes with cream and looked awesome!!

Mr L had the Char-grilled Channel squid with baba ganoush and home grown leaves. 

Mr D chose the Game terrine of local rabbit, wood pigeon and pork. Served with spiced apple chutney (home made) and char-grilled toast. I had a slither of this and it was delicious!

Onto mains, yet again I decided (on the second time of coming here) against having Grouse, and (yet again) I have regretted my decision, almost instantly, not to take advantage of the game bird when in season. That said, my 'whole baked plaice from the market with Samphire, boiled anya pots, brown butter and capers' was fantastic. Slightly tricky to de-bone, it was however, perfectly cooked to give flaky, juicy, white flesh. The samphire gave crunch and a punchy sea/salt taste to the dish. I decided to crush my sweet potatoes into the naughty seriously good, brown butter sauce, thus getting 'maximum soak up' of the stuff as possible.

Mr D chose the cod which I was slightly envious of as it looked and tasted divine. This was served with a parsley crust, on a Sicilian caponata of aubergine, tomato and pepper. It was excellent.

The soon to be Mr and Mrs both had the 10oz rib-eye steak, I know, match made in heaven hey? Served with hand cut chips and a jug of red wine jus. 

A side order of crushed minted peas was quickly gobbled up also...

As if we weren't full enough, but also to spend as much time in the quaint and snuggly dining room as possible, we shared two puds. The sorbet was gobbled up too quickly to picture... but the sticky toffee pudding with 'lashings of toffee sauce' was just about in tact for me to get a shot...

It was served with clotted cream but we decided on a dollop of vanilla ice cream as well... I know - 'such fatties' but totally worth it. This was without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, I have ever had and as my uni friends will know I love my Sticky Toff Pud! 

A home made slow gin, a whisky and a couple more glasses of fizz later it was time to turn in.

After a blooming good nights sleep, in the biggest bed I've ever slept in we pottered out to our 9:30 breakfast and our papers were laid out on the table along side two of their gorgeous hand-knitted tea cosies (which you can buy on site)...

Bread is served at your table with butter, home made condiments and a toaster so you can cook your bread as and when you want it - I loved this idea! 

Our food order was taken the night before so after a short while we were all given a delicious home made muesli with yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit. Such a lovely and unexpected touch to start breakie with.  

My breakfast was two sausages and poached eggs. Eggs were all cooked perfectly throughout the whole table. The sausages were absolutely incredible and I totally forgot to ask if they were their own...but I imagine they were as these were seriously good and tasted top notch!

The rest of the table had the full English. With being slightly jealous of that bacon I ordered a side dish of extra, which the chef was willing to accommodate for - thank you!!

Not only wonderful food and service from lovely staff, but excellent 5* accommodation. I don't know what more anyone could wish for. With only being 1hr from London it's the perfect escape for all you city beings that want a spot of fresh air and pampering. Why is hasn't been awarded a star? Lord knows, but I'm already looking forward to our trip neat year... 

The Wellington Arms, Baughurst Road, Baughurst, Hampshire, RG26 5LP

TEL: 0044 118 982 0110

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