Welcome to the Carnarvon

Steeped in history and a favourite amongst those looking to indulge in country pursuits, the Carnarvon has a rich heritage of noble service. Originally a coaching inn built some 200 years ago to provide a pit-stop for travellers to nearby Highclere Castle, the stunning set of ITV’s blockbuster drama, Downton Abbey, the Carnarvon continues to offer a warm welcome for those looking to explore this beautiful area of Berkshire.

With the North Wessex Downs right on our doorstep, we’re the ideal starting point to enjoy all that this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer, including ancient woodland and downs, famed as the inspiration for the classic novel, Watership Down.

Make a weekend of it with us and cosy down in one of our 18 boutique style, ensuite bedrooms. Plus fill up on all that the region has to offer with a range of locally inspired dishes to satisfy any appetite. Serving all your favourite pub classics, show-stopping roasts and a range of sinful puds, you’ll find our menus are bursting with tasty and freshly prepared dishes that you’ll be dying to dive straight into.

For those who love the sport match day pub atmosphere, come down to the Carnarvon Arms, Newbury during the rugby world cup, where BBC matches will be shown on our screens. It will be hard to find a better rugby world cup match day atmosphere than at this stylish country pub!

Grab a front row seat with your rugby loving friends and even the dog! Watch the match alongside our fantastic range of British food and drink all day long. Book a table for you and 3 friends for; brunch, lunch or dinner and get a Guinness, bloody Mary or virgin Mary on us to enjoy whilst watching the game.

Private Hire

From private dining to birthday parties and family celebrations we have the perfect spaces for every event and a friendly team on hand to help with all the planning.

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Will definitely return

Had lunch with family and stayed for few drinks afterwards. Really nice place and very friendly staff who made us feel relaxed and at home. Food was on point too. Try the pie of the day, you won’t be disappointed. Polished off with a nice slice of cheesecake.  Big shout out to Dave who made the visit so much better.


Great food and a lovely atmosphere

We had a lovely lunch at The Carnarvon Arms. They were great with the kids in our party and special diets. In fact they’re always really friendly and helpful. We’ll definitely be back.



Roast lamb was lovely

Lovely place to eat and have a quiet drink, The roast lamb was lovely and the Yorkshire pudding was huge, light and fluffy. Just right amount of food. Good service by staff.


Great pub in a fantastic location

We visited here after a recommendation from a local guide at Highclere Castle.
The welcome from the landlord and service was amazing,
The food was lovely and I highly recommend stopping there… we will be back.