Last Minute Weekend Breaks
The Chequers Hotel in central Newbury was once an 18th century coaching inn, on the main road from London to Bath. Today, it continues to offer a warm welcome to all guests, whether visiting on weekends away, romantic breaks or taking trips to Newbury Races.
The hotel has a fantastic location in the centre of Newbury, just a 10 minute drive to the racecourse and a few minutes from the M4. The town itself offers a wealth of visitor attractions and a rich history. You can see the town’s past come to life when they celebrate the medieval festival of Hocktide, or you can visit the setting for the popular television show Downton Abbey just a few miles from the hotel. There is also a good selection of shops, both high street names and small independent stores, while Reading is nearby and offers a huge range of options for anyone on a shopping break. Even London’s sights and shops are within travelling distance for day trips, with a train into Paddington taking just over an hour.
The Chequers Hotel retains many of the period features and an old-fashioned charm of its coaching inn past, but had been given plenty of modern touches and contemporary furnishings and fittings. In JP’s Bistro, there’s a bright atmosphere with the food to match, while the bar provides an inviting and comfortable setting for relaxing at the end of the day.
Where is the Chequers Hotel?
6-8 Oxford Street
The Chequers Hotel is in Newbury town centre, on Oxford Street, which is a continuation of London Road. It is just a few minutes’ drive from junction 13 of the M4, via the A34 and A339. Newbury railway station is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive, while the nearest airport is Heathrow, around 50 miles to the west.
What’s worth visiting in Newbury?
• Horseracing – Newbury is famous for its racecourse, which plays host to the Hennessy Gold Cup in November, as well as a wide range of flat and jump race meetings.
• Donnington Castle – A ruined medieval castle with stunning twin-towered gatehouse, this ancient monument was originally built in the 14th century, with modifications made during the English civil war.
• Highclere Castle – Instantly recognisable for fans of Downton Abbey, Highclere is a Victorian County house built on much older foundations, with stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown.
• Reading Festival: August – One of the biggest and best (and loudest) rock festivals of the year, with previous headliners including Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters.
• Hocktide: Two weeks after Easter – Once observed across the country, Newbury is the last place to celebrate this ancient tradition, which includes a procession, special lunch and a ‘shoeing the colts’ ceremony.
Where is there to eat and drink at the hotel?
JP’s Bistro offers sophisticated flavours and fine dining quality, but in a relaxed style – with a light and elegant, but informal dining area. The menu offers the best of British produce, with simple, classic dishes given a modern touch and stylish presentation. The bar provides a comfortable and casual environment for a drink, light meal or snack, with a lounge area that mixes contemporary furnishings with period charm.
Breakfast: 6.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm (not Sunday)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm (not Sunday)
Bar meals: 6pm – 10.30pm (until 9.30pm Sundays)
Features at a glance
• Former coaching inn
• Ideal location in central Newbury
• 56 traditionally styled rooms
• Four-poster Honeymoon suite available
• Televisions in rooms
• Perfect for Newbury races
• JP’s Bistro serves modern British dishes
• Comfortable Lounge Bar
• 24 hour room service
• Free guest parking
• Free Wi-Fi available
What else do I need to know?
• Check in after 2pm, check out by 10am.
• Dogs are not allowed in the hotel.
• To contact easy-breaks.com call 08430 55 44 33 or email email@example.com
“The Chequers Hotel is a charming, traditional hotel with roots that stretch back for more than two hundred years. As a former coaching inn, it provides a comfortable stopping off point if you’re touring the area around Berkshire. Newbury’s a lovely town, with a busy racecourse and plenty of historical attractions nearby – while all the sights of the capital are just a short hop away.”