This is one of those reviews that seems totally pointless.Ã‚Â Every where I look I am seeing great reviews of the Crab and Boar, including the national papers.Ã‚Â Still, I will give you my humble opinion regardless.Ã‚Â Also at some point I will try out one of the rooms and review that.Ã‚Â I have heard of peope that visit to stay annually to celebrate anniversaries and they are going to be terribly pleased by the quality now.Ã‚Â Enough of the teasing, back to the food.Ã‚Â This was my first review I shared with James Hussey from EDGE (http://eatdrinkgreatevents.com/) who for some reason should have been named Russell.Ã‚Â If he slapped me every time I called him Russell I would be, well, very slapped.Ã‚Â However he is far too charming to slap me about so all is well.
Speaking of charming, gosh the new landlord is totally delightful, his name is Matt Beamish and he looks like a Greek God who overflows with sincerity and passion.Ã‚Â His wife Katy is equally lovely and they both care so much about their new venture it can be seen in every aspect.Ã‚Â Their head chef is Tom Caide who comes with a great pedigree, amongst other places the Ritz and most recently for Nathan Outlaw.Ã‚Â Another former employer will be mentioned later, a chap who made me squeal like a teenager.
Ã‚Â A little bit about the decor, very animal centric and if you have anything to do with Newbury racecourse you should definitely make a visit, once I have stayed the night I will let you know what the rooms are like but they looked pretty good.
That is a look of happiness as the strawberry soufflÃƒÂ© goes down but I must admit it is a strange look, in front of the soufflÃƒÂ© is the most delicious dark chocolate ice cream as part of a Black Forest Cremosa
Ã‚Â The prices are very reasonable, the fish is incredibly fresh, there is a good choice of meat as well as fish.Ã‚Â The set lunch menu comes in atÃ‚Â Ã‚Â£19 for two courses, Ã‚Â£24 for three, absolute bargain.Ã‚Â In the summer there is a beautiful outdoor kitchen with views of the countryside, this makes such a lovely place to eat in good weather, a lot of investment has gone into the pub.
OK this is it, the final photo.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I just happened to barge into the kitchen in that tactful way that I have and who was there but MARTIN BLUNOS!!!Ã‚Â THE Martin Blunos.Ã‚Â I squealed and giggled like a small girl and couldn’t think of anything coherent to say so I cant pass on any wisdom.Ã‚Â He was being such a good egg he was helping out as everything was being set up, what a star.Ã‚Â I got a selfie too and I NEVER do that but that isnt going up.
Basically fab food, probaby fab rooms, will report back on them, we were comped but as always that does not change my opinion of what I write.Ã‚Â Go, eat and stay!