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.
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.