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Babar - Pub in Berkshire

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Elephant Hotel Church Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7AR, Berkshire
England, United Kingdom

the Team at Babar
+44 (0)1189 842244(landline)

You’ll think you've wandered into the bar of a glam hotel near the Taj Mahal but this is a smart town in Berkshire. The gin menu is superb

With no fewer than 56 gins on the menu, it's fun to sit in this deliciously decadent bar at a table made from an old aeroplane wing, sampling a tipple or two. Make a meal of it with 'social plates' - macaroni and blue cheese; grilled asparagus and poached egg; smoked chicken and Godminster croquettes - hearty sandwiches at lunchtime, splendid salads (Caesar, Waldorf), and classics such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and burgers. There's a big garden for summer days, with outdoor sofas, a suntrap dining space, and tables with wine coolers built in. Come in August for the Gin and Beer Festival, pop to Ascot to watch the racing, or bring the family for a cracking Sunday lunch. On chilly days, settle in by the fireplace with its beaten copper chimney breast, and tickle your taste buds with a cocktail or a pint of Good Old Boy.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from the Team at Babar:

Local points of interest from
the Team at Babar:

  • Pangbourne rests on the banks of the River Thames, and Pangbourne Meadow is a great walk next to the river with stunning views of the wooded Chiltern Hills.
  • Windsor Castle, just 35 minutes away, is the largest occupied castle in the world. It houses treasure from the royal collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence.
  • Beale Park is a fantastic place to visit with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames. A great day out for all ages near Pangbourne in Berkshire.
  • Basildon Park, a National Trust House featured in the 2005 adaption of Pride and Prejudice, is a Palladian mansion with a collection of fine art, furniture and textiles, with grounds overlooking the Thames.
  • Henley on Thames, best known for its annual Royal Regatta, is a little further down the River Thames and is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern wooded landscape.
Points of interest

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Elephant Hotel Church Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7AR, Berkshire


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