Look Forward to Stage 3 Re-opening of Local Hospitality Venues 17 May 2021

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New Stage 3 regulations from Monday 17 May mean an important step towards the return of normality but there are a few things to remember:

  • All guests over 16 need to comply with Test & Trace requirements on entry.
  • Table service only. Tables of up to six people or two households indoors. Larger groups up to 30 allowed outside.
  • Face coverings are mandatory at all times, apart from when seated at a table.
  • Social distancing guidelines of maintaining 2 metres distance or 1 metre plus other mitigating factors remain.
  • But there will be no curfew or “substantial meal” restrictions.
  • Those who do not comply with the rules must be refused entry by the venue. Failure to comply with the guidelines may result in serious consequences for the licensed premises.

Local Pub Opening Information

The Pheasant, Shefford Woodlands 

The Pheasant will re-open Mon 17 May with a beautifully refurbished restaurant and three brand new hotel bedrooms. Please book online at thepheasant-inn.co.uk

The Crown and Garter, Inkpen 

The Crown and Garter will adapt to the new rules on the 17th May.  Opening hours are :

  • Monday to Thursday 12.00-10.00pm
  • Friday & Saturday     12.00 – 11.00pm
  • Sunday                      12,00 – 4.30 pm

Their coffee shop is open from 8.30 to 4.30 seven days for breakfasts, light meals, freshly baked bread & cakes and hot drinks.


The Hartley Arms, Donnington 

The Hartley Arms will reopen on Wed 19 May with indoor and outdoor seating with the following hours :

  • Wed/Thursday 12.00 – 10pm
  • Fri/Saturday     9am – 11pm
  • Sunday             12.00 – 4.30 pm

The Hartley Arms will be mostly about inside seating but we do have the picnic tables by the river and we share a small courtyard which seats ten with The Donnington coffee shop which is open from 8.30 to 4.30 pm Wednesday to Sunday for breakfasts, light meals, freshly baked bread & cakes and hot drinks.

The Royal Oak, Bishopstone

Opening times for food Monday to Thursday noon-8pm, Friday and Saturday Noon-8.30pm, Sunday lunch (Sunday style) noon-3pm; supper 5.30-7.30pm. Nibbles all afternoon.

Organic pizzas available from 2.30-5.30pm, between full menus every day

Breakfast every week day 8-9.30am; weekends 8.30-10am

Booking not required, but usually recommended

The Ibex, Chaddleworth

Mon- Sun 12- 9pm (Kitchen), 12- Late (Pub). Bookings advised but not essential.

The Queen’s Arms, East Garston

Re-opens indoor dining from Mon 17 May 

Blandy’s Bar & Bistro, Audley Inglewood near Kintbury

Pre-book a table for indoor dining for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner in our beautiful bistro, restaurant or terrace. Sunday lunch takeways can still be ordered by phone on 01488 208173. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible.

The White Hart, Hamstead Marshall

Book a table and get a free drink for every mains course ordered. 

Crown & Anchor, Ham 

Inside service from Thur 20 May 

The Five Bells, Wickham

The Five Bells has a Special Offer for PP readers: Book a table 17 May – 17 June and get a free dessert with every mains ordered!

The Chequers Inn, Charney Bassett

John O’Gaunt Inn, Hungerford

From 17 May we are opening innside, but we are already heavily booked for the first couple of weeks, in order to cater for more of you, we are reducing our booking availability outside, meaning it’s first come first served. You may still book under the larger of our Tiki Tents, but the remainder of the garden is 1st come 1st served, allowing more options to get a table and more option to “walk in”, just as a pub should be. We can’t wait to see you innside, and out.

Honesty Coffee shops in Kingsclere, Greenham, Hungerford, Overton, Inkpen, Saddleback Farm Shop




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