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The Bunk, Curridge

Fancy an afternoon skive, weekend escape or a pretty spot to ponder? You’ll find it all at The Bunk Inn. You don’t even have to stagger home, it’s got rooms.

light grey shiplap exterior with red tile roof victorian building of Bunk Inn Curridge

Escape to the country, sink into a chair and relax. You may never want to leave The Bunk Inn in the village of Curridge, about 10 minutes from Newbury and 5 minutes from the A34 and the M4 in West Berkshire.

The Bunk is in the prettiest spot at the bottom of a long lane cocooned by fields and trees. It is a charming historic building with a some modern add ons and gets its name from the habit of local workers, mainly from the nearby brickworks, ‘bunking’ off work early for a drink (sounds familiar).

The pub gets a lot of local love, but the 9 stylish rooms draw business travellers during the week and urban escapees at weekends who want to scoff, quaff and have a short stagger to bed. It’s a real community hub – and the beer garden is a major selling point. There are 2 levels – a patio overlooking paddocks and woodland, plus a lawned area for kids to run around while you sip a post-roast glass of red. When the sun comes out to play, the Sunday summer BBQs are pretty spesh and the impressive grill is a tantalising reminder.

There’s lots of exposed brick, wooden beams, comfy upholstery, easy-on-the-eye splashes of grey and duck egg blue paint and mismatched chairs – shabby chic without being twee. Different zones cater for different moods: a nook at one end of the bar is for drinks in front of a open fire, down at the other end are tables for casual eats, plus there’s a separate side dining room for more formal meals. But it’s all pretty laidback.

There is always a pile of daily newspapers available to read, you’ll usually find an obedient dog at someone’s feet and you’re very much welcomed whether you are dropping in for a pint, coffee, quick sarnie or you’re planning on hitting 3 courses. The Bunk Inn is friendly, with make-yourself-at-home vibes. If you can’t wait until lunch or dinner, they’re open for breakfast from 7.30am.

 

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