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Britchcombe Farm (Camping Site, Faringdon)

Given the proximity to WHH, this may be a must if you are tenting.

Pitches for Tents and Caravans. They may also rent you a mobile home.

See National Trail website entry for full details:

http://nationaltrail.co.uk/Ridgeway/site.asp?PageId=50&SiteId=108&c=2
15th April 2008ce

The Bell Inn (Bed & Breakfast, Wantage)

The Bell Inn does do accommodation, although I've never stayed there.

FOOD: Good Thai Food is on the menu.
BEER: Greene King Beer (not so good for CAMRA types)
15th April 2008ce

The King Alfred's Head (Restaurant, Wantage)

KHA is open again under new management, and is serving food again (don't know the menu yet, soz)
xxx WF xxx May 2009
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Unfortunately the KHA has closed for food. It is now just a bar. It is under new management and hopes to serve food soon. Don't know if the email address listed is in use. xxx WF xxx January 2009
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The KAH won't be ideal for 'muddy boots and beer' stone seekers, but if you want to treat your loved one, or simply enjoy excellent food, then it's the only decent place to eat in Wantage.

The interior decor is excellent, a full wine list can be enjoyed and the food is Bistro/Restaurant standard. There is a function room available and a stunning garden area for al fresco dining. Well worth booking for sunday lunch.

Tr├ęs Posh Darling!
15th April 2008ce

The Royal Oak Inn (Pub, Wantage)

Excellent free house and Real Ale pub. The pub does have a Bed & Breakfast facility. Beers are from the West Berkshire Brewery and include Dr Hexters Healer. They also server guest beers. All real ales can be served straight from the cask if you prefer.

Lots of naval history in one of the bars concerning HMS Royal Oak which fought at the Battle of Jutland.
15th April 2008ce

The Shoulder of Mutton (Pub, Wantage)

Together with the Royal Oak, the 'Mutton' is one of the best Real Ale pubs in Wantage.

It has two bars, both with real log fires. Beer is usually from the Butts Brewery (Barbus Barbus is good), with guest beers also. It doesn't serve food. There is a small outside courtyard if your a smoker.

Good 'ol fashioned working mens pub serving cracking beer. It's not mutton dressed as lamb, it's just mutton.
15th April 2008ce

The Hatchet (Pub, Wantage)

Nice old-skool village pub, just off the icknield way and handy if you are visiting White Horse Hill and Waylands.

Unfortunately not sign posted from the road, but if your heading to Wantage from white horse hill, turn left at the big crossroads in the dip, go down the holloway and the pub will be on your right.

Hours: 12ish-2.30pm mon-fri and 7pm start in the evenings. Well behaved dogs would be welcome and there is a nice garden for families and kids.

Food is pub grub, don't expect a la carte, but is well prepared. Ham, Egg & Chips and that sort of thing. It is very reasonably priced.

Beer is excellent and well looked after. Probably the best pint of Morlands in the area and there is always two or three other real ales on the go. The hatchet has won CAMRA awards. Cider is stowford press.

Ample car parking.

The village has plenty of thatch and is a typical download village with a duck pond. Well worth a quick walk around. The village has a shop and a post office (at time of writing...).
31st March 2008ce
Live near the Ridgeway and most interested in sites 'up the rudge'.

Hates: people leaving rubbish at Wayland Smithy (groan, gripe, rant, rage, dribble etc!)

Loves: people taking their rubbish away with them in bags. And yes, that includes nitelites, coins (at least make them silver!), glass, sweet wrappers and dog ends.

Q. what's brown and sticky?
A. try collecting firewood at Waylands.
THINK. would you shit in a church?

... ... ... here endeth the rant

} cUrReNt NoNsEnSe {

Doesn't pagan to a roman just mean some old person who lives in the sticks?

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?"

"God dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor not a Dealer"

"We have sat waiting like this many times before. Sometimes I tire... of the fighting and killing. At night, I can hear the call of my race. They wait for me. When I join them, we will be forgotten."

"We're dealing with a Gnome! A Devil!... A Devil? Now you listen to me. The Devil in the Keep wears a black uniform, has a Death's Head in his cap, and calls himself a Sturmbannf├╝hrer!"

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