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The Great Shefford, Hungerford, Berkshire

The Great Shefford

4.4
4.4
264 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

Situated in the village of Great Shefford, The Great Shefford is a privately owned public house with a riverside terrace, a wood-burning fire, a seasonally-inspired menu, an elegant restaurant (with a private-dining annexe), a great wine list, and an excellent range of spirits (gins in particular).

The pub is managed by the team behind King Charles Tavern in Newbury and The Broad Face Abingdon. Led by Joshua Khan, Georgiana Caras (General Manager) and Kevin Mulraney (Head Chef), our aim is to offer a friendly and relaxed environment where everybody is welcome.

As this is the Valley of the Racehorse, we’ve set aside a special area of welcome for those who want to keep their eyes on events on the turf in our dedicated Racing Lounge, with wide-screen TV and up-to-date editions of the sporting press.

We are open seven days a week, from morning through to late evening, serving lunch and dinner as well as simpler food offerings such as bar snacks and sandwiches.

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Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Phone number

    01488 648462

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Newbury

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef Sam’s Table

    £75.00 per person

    11 Mar - 30 Dec 2022
    Head Chef Sam Cary, leads our kitchen team at the Great Shefford & even has his own chef’s table in our restaurant. We serve exclusively a 7 Course tasting menu on Friday & Saturday lunch and dinner This private table is an elegant experience & is served to the highest manner of service. With wine pairings available for each course.

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 264 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Berkshire

    Healthy

  • Berkshire

    Notable Wine List

  • Berkshire

    Scenic View

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  1. CB

    ClareB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, a superb environment for a wonderful meal. The team remember us, and the last time we were in was Christmas. The chef creates an amazing menu and the team can discuss it in detail with you. They have a sommelier to discuss wine choice. Can not praise the team enough. My favourite place to eat.

  2. CB

    ChrisB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent lunch outside in the sunshine. Great service from Tom & his female colleague, most delicious soup (Tomato, garlic & thyme) I have had in a long time, nice atmosphere. Highly recommended!

  3. AM

    AntonyM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Not up to standard. Usually very good, but this time we waited nearly anhourbefore food came, the two orders were mixed up - important because one was gluten free . Roast pork not recognisable as pork, Yorkshire pudding baked so hard that couldn't cut it, no discernible cheese in the cauliflower cheese. Sorry to criticise - we've always on previous occasions found the Shefford so good, and we'd be happy to recommend to friends, but not sure now.

  4. T

    Teddy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    This was our third visit in a matter of a few weeks and once again we were impressed by the all aspects of our evening. The room was restful with views out to the river; the service was welcoming, knowledgeable and attentive; and the cooking was superb. On this occasion we hosted a most discerning neighbour who was on her first visit. She too was most impressed. We wish the whole team every success.

  5. AS

    AndyS

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    There were 4 in our party and all starters were superb. The mains were really good but one of the party thought the monk fish with kastu curry could have been tastier and the sauce with the steak was a bit over reduced. However, this did not detract froma lovelly evening and we would have no problems visisting again.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food worthy of a Michelin star and service was very good too. We’ll definitely be back for more!

  7. RW

    RomaW

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a dog with us so we could either sit in the bar overlooking the car park or in the garden overlooking the river. We chose the latter as it was a lovely day

  8. AG

    AmandaG

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply delicious, perfection, would definitely recommend, thank you.

  9. H

    Hilton

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Disappointed with my meal , halibut was dry but the butter sauce helped with hydration,had an issue with the size of portion it was v small and honestly x1 small potato!!! Assume this is to encourage side orders to be ordered I had choux bun as a desert but it was tasteless not enough rhubarb or sugar in the cream I’m sorry to give this negative review as front of house was impeccable perhaps the kitchen was having a bad night but we shan’t be returning

  10. CH

    CommanderH

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always . . . . I’ve run out of things to say

  11. JP

    JonP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Good food, great service and nice ambience, very enjoyable. My only minor qualms would be: - the time it took for our food (45-50 mins for main course, seems long for a pub at lunchtime) and - how expensive it was (almost £200 for 4, with no bottles of wine and only 2 of the 4 drinking)

  12. SH

    SaraHV

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good food excellent steak. Good quality and value. Helpful staff.

  13. DS

    DebbieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Lovely food. Great service. Our waitress/bar lady was a sweetie. Definitely be back.

  14. PS

    PaulS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another excellent meal accompanied by some interesting wine. Ambiance is really good. Highly recommend.

  15. MD

    MrsD

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Great Sheffird was an excellent choice halfway between Maidenhead and Bristol. Very smart, modern menu choices and portion sizes. A lovely dining experience.

  16. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole experience was one that every diner with any integrity would look for in a meal Everything was faultless from the water being ready as we sat down to the bread available with the opening course. Main courses tasted as good as they looked and for a change vegetables that did not brake my teeth. The staff were obviously well trained and knowledgeable which is something I always appreciate in a restaurant environment. For a change the gentleman actually knew how to correctly present the cork and the wine his advice was very welcome. Many thanks for a lunch to remember. DL Crane.

  17. T

    Teddy

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This was our second visit in less than a month and once again we were most impressed. The menu had been changed; the place was well patronised without being over full; the service was friendly and attentive while not over intrusive; and once again we enjoyed delicious food most attractively presented. We will most certainly return.

  18. TB

    TaniaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic meal last night 3 courses and all of them delicious great staff lovely atmosphere will definitely be back

  19. S

    Sarah

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful evening with friends. Delicious food, great service and a gorgeous setting. Fab decor

  20. DM

    DMlunch

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub, great staff, excellent food and great value. Will return as soon as we are in the area again. 👍🏼

  21. DA

    DanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I visited due to the location - beside a quiet stream - but the food was Michelin star level, and the service matches. The only surprise was the bill, it was easily worth double if not more - not that I'm complaining!

  22. H

    Hannah

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was lovely, staff friendly and very helpful. Lovely environment to have a meal in.

  23. M

    Michael

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    What a great everning. from the time we walk in the service was great, could not fault it. The Vegan option were very tasty and my quests were very complementray My food was very good BUT the main course, to me was over salted. I did mention this to the staff but never got any responce back from the kitchen. Not a bigbdeal but to get 5 stars, feed back is important. I would have no issue in return for another visit.

  24. CR

    CarlyR

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was just wonderful. A beautiful setting and a lovely ambience.

  25. S

    Saucyedwards

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was impeccable, food delicious, prices fair. Will definitely be going back soon.

  26. AB

    AndyB

    Berkshire

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was amazing food was excellent and service was also excellent highly recommend

  27. TK

    TerryK

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service, friendly staff and lovely food. Lovely location on the river

  28. CJ

    CJkingsclere

    Berkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A lovely country gastropub in a picturesque setting by the river. The food in the restaurant was exceptional and more like fine dining than gastro! The staff were knowledgeable and attentive and it was a lovely way spend a couple of hours on a beautiful spring day. We have already booked for dinner, when our friends visit in April and I am looking forward to many more visits to come.

  29. T

    Toni

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our evening was delightful. Very impressed how warm and cosy it was inside, the food was delicious and well presented and staff very welcoming. Will definitely visit again .

  30. CU

    ColinU

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    such shame we had such along wait for our food. Our friends had come from Taunton and needed to be on the road to get home before dark. to wait 1 1/2 hours for our main course was unacceptable. The caviar which should have been served with the trout came after it was eaten. lovely food spoilt by these failings. Not a cheap lunch either. such a pity.

  31. A

    Ashnick

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    This is our second recent visit to the Great Shefford. The location by the river is a delight and the staff very friendly. We ordered from the set menu which was fine although with a limited choice (Cod, chicken or vegetarian) The food was good but not not outstanding: maybe the a la carte would have produced a better result. The service, although super friends, was desperately slow. the pub was hardly full, yet the food took for ever to come. Luckily we re not in a hurry but lunch service should not be too relaxed and this was. Despite this we enjoy the pub and are happy to recommend it to others.

  32. P

    Phil

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is an excellent pub, with fantastic food. We were very well looked after, and would highly recommend.

  33. B

    Bradders

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food. Well worth a visit. It was our second meal here.

  34. TG

    TerryG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent in all respects. The perfect place for a special occasion. I was cautious having had a very bad experience at the Swan,the previous incarnation of this place. Totally different and such an enjoyable evening. we will certainly be back.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyable lunch experience - front of house staff very friendly and helpful while the food was excellent

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2

    Menu limited which was limited further by the fact that they only had 2 steaks left at 6.30pm on a Saturday night. This was very disappointing as when we last visited they also didn’t have enough steaks! Food however was very good but pricey.

  37. D

    Dikr

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Expectations were high as had heard glowing reports. Just worth noting style of cuisine may not suit everyone. For example, our chicken was rather tough and definitely not succulent and the greens very chewy. However the staff managed our issues very well, and chef confirmed he/she was entirely happy with the output. That remains a concern. We were not charged for the dish. Our vegetarian meal was good, though the quality of the soup was undermined by the stock

  38. GE

    GlennE

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful lunch. Our table in the restaurant overlooked the River Lambourn. Service by Georgie was professional and friendliest (as was Charlie’s when went for dinner a couple of weeks ago). The chef spooned the brown shrimp sauce over the delicious halibut at the table. My friend said the Choux bun with rhubarb and custard was one of the best puddings he’d ever had! I live locally and this is my new favourite place. Can only imagine it will be even better in the summer with the outside deck next to the river. Hope they keep current staff and chef.

  39. PS

    PaulS

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second visit did not disappoint. Superb food, excellent service and a great ambience.

  40. SE

    SueE

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great welcome, lovely ambience and great decor. I met some friends for a belated Birthday lunch. The food was fab. Could possibly have a couple more bar menu options for those with smaller appetites but I guess you could have a starter? Would definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Great Shefford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01488 648462.

The Great Shefford is rated 4.4 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Great Shefford

Newbury Road Great Shefford Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7DS

Additional information

  • Area

    Newbury

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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