Nestled between the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon canal in Berkshire, sits a little country pub filled with British charm, roaring fires and food to die for.
It’s rare to get a welcome as warm as when you enter the Dundas Arms – Chesterfield sofas and classic Queen Anne chairs crowd a crackling fireplace, rosy cheeks glow from red wine and winter walks and beaming smiles from the staff invite you in from the cold.
Through the oak-stained bar we were shown to our riverside bed for the night; a classically furnished and ambient bedroom with French windows and a patio leading to the canal, a giant bed which swallowed us whole and little perfect touches that made us feel right at home.
Our table in the restaurant was booked for 7.30, and after a quick shower and a glass of the pub’s finest Cotes du Rhone, we ambled through the gently buzzing crowd, through the library strewn with books and newspapers and into the restaurant.
For dinner, a wonderful plate of partridge, vegetables and date stuffing came out of the kitchen. I’ll say it now, if I had just a whole plate of that stuffing I would have been one very happy lady! For dessert, squidgy and warm chocolate brownie with homemade vanilla ice cream. We retreated to the fire, with bellies full and to finish our wine before falling into our huge bed.
Our morning at the Dundas Arms was as tranquil as Sunday mornings should be – we woke to ducks murmuring in the canal outside our window, and trundled out to the restaurant in our PJs for tea served in tea-pots usually found in your grandmas kitchen, smoked salmon, black pudding and bacon.
Do British getaways get any better?
How to get there
The nearest train station to the Dundas Arms is Kintbury, which is a 1 minute walk away. There is ample parking on site. Find out more here.
Rooms range from £79 to £149. You can book a room here. Special offers are also available, so keep an eye on the website!