The Globe, Newbury
One of Newbury's oldest pubs has become a dog-friendly hip hangout that boasts a cool culinary collaboration with a Muddy Award winner. Who's up for yappy hour?
If you’re heading into Newbury, at one end you’ll find all the slightly vanilla high street regulars and at the other a collection of indie businesses that will have you sitting up like a meerkat. The Globe – formerly known as The Snooty Fox – is the new kid on the block and it’s undergone a huge transformation, taking it from unloved boozer to a place where everyone is welcomed with open arms, especially if your drinking buddy has fur and four legs.
The whole place exudes warmth and has all the components to be one of our favourite hangouts. In fact, it reminded me and Mr M of our pre-kids, pre-Berkshire, south London days when Thursday was the new Saturday and we spent all of our time with our mates in a pub, laughing until we cried. It’s that kind of a place. Unpretentious, fun, a little bit cool, with great sense of community that is rare to find.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
Rather unusually The Globe has collaborated with Colline’s Kitchen – this year’s Muddy Award-winning Best Newcomer. Colline runs cafes at Living Saucha Yoga Studio and at Macaron House in Newbury, but more importantly she’s now making all the food for The Globe, too – and they’re doing things a bit differently.
Scratch the idea of three courses and big plates of pub grub, the offering is a grazing table of food to share. You might argue it’s a bit beige. But hey, beige food rocks in my book and probably says more about our choices. Meh, who cares?
So what did we eat? Well, Mr M and I ordered the mixed meat platter – chicken wings, sausage roll, Scotch egg, bread, hummus, alongside cauliflower drizzled in barbecue sauce, chips (obvs) and cherizo and garlic croquettes. It was amazing.
What I particularly liked is that you were given lots of choice. There are three types of sausage roll, including a veggie one, and gluten free, if that’s how you roll. Three different flavours of wings – spice it up, cool it down and something in between. The same goes for the Scotch egg – with a falafel version for our plant eaters, plus salads and chips. Is it going to set the foodie world on fire? No. But, then again, it’s not trying too.
It’s a crowd-pleasing menu, using locally sourced ingredients from small producers, that’s delicious, comforting and gets people round a table having a laugh and sharing a meal. Apart from taking pictures, we pretty much spent our time at The Globe phone free. In fact, Mr M wanted me to leave him there, go and get the dog so they could just hangout for the afternoon. Quite simply, it’s got a good vibe.
The only negative, I didn’t get to introduce my Dave to The Globe’s dog in chief Dave. He was away for the weekend, but we’ll be back with Benson, our mental Viszla who will blow his tiny mind when he sees how many dogs are regulars here. It is possibly the most dog friendly pub I have been to (whisper it, I actually think Colin and Katie would choose the fur babes over the their human owners). If you love a pub quiz, book up for The Globe’s. They always said they wouldn’t take bookings, but it’s become so popular, they have to. The practical round is a hilarious highlight. Check out their instagram, it’s all posted on there. They also have live music nights and other events are planned.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: A light-ish lunch with the whole family (kids and dogs); afternoon sesh with your pals and fun fancy-free date nights. If you’ve got shopping to do, any reluctant parties can park up here and people watch.
Not for: Those wanting a substantial pub meal, large family gatherings – the informality might not fly with granny. Foodies won’t be posting these plates all over Instagram, but that’s not really a negative. Get in my belly.
The damage: Very reasonable. The mixed boards are £9.50, and individual plates are £3-£5. There are no puds on the menu, but there’s a nostalgic selection of 80s crips available – Space Raiders, Frazzles, Scampi Fries.
The Globe, 148 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5HB.