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Hillbrooke Hero! Thu 20th December 2012

We are proud to announce our December Hillbrooke Hero is our ever hard working maintenance man Dave! Thank you for your effort in keeping the hotel in tip top condition!

Welcome onboard Tue 20th November 2012

This month we saw the arrival of our new Food & Beverage Manager Matt Buy, and we wish him all the very best in his new role. Why not pop into the bar for a cheeky pint of Babar, and say 'hi'?

Beer Stampede Mon 01st October 2012

A big thank you to all those who came down for some beer, food and fun at our Beer Stampede this year! We had a great time and hope you did too!

We were truly lucky with the weather on Saturday, with sunshine throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately Sunday was a little wet and by little we mean it was pouring! But everyone managed to warm up with a lamb bap and BBQ food alongside a pint of ale or two…


There was a fantastic selection of stalls selling all sorts of goodies such as fudge, jewellery, cakes, tea, breads and much more. Stalls included Bon Appa Sweet, Circus Scene, Equalitea, Stella & Dot, Colour-4-You, Delicious Dial-a-Cake, Venture Photography, Tigerbreads, Garlands, Bon Appetit Bakery and Nigel Young Confectionary.

Our fantastic local ales were supplied by West Berks, Tillingbourne, Wessex Brewery, Little Ale Cart, Growler Brewery and Bird Brewery. The ales on sale were: Golden Apostle, Horningsham Pride, Old Gray Fergie, Dr Hextor’s Healer, A.N.O.B, Gold Star, Old Father Thames, Full Circle, Humorist, Black Troll, Real Deal, Growler Bitter, Falls Gold, Mr Chubbs and Russian Stout – the latter being a Beer Stampede favourite selling out first!


There was also live entertainment on both days of the weekend from a diverse array of bands such as Dolly and the Clothes Pegs, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, Pangbourne Silver Band, Sundara Karma and more.

There are more photos on the way so watch this space!

Employee of the Month Wed 15th August 2012

A big congratulations to Dave who is our Employee of the Month.

Dave has been given this title due to his constant hard work and for exceeding expectations in both his roles as a Housekeeper and his more recent role as Front of House.

Well done and keep up the hard work!

Beer Stampede Mon 13th August 2012

The Beer Stampede 22nd & 23rd September 2012

Coming soon! Join us this September for our Beer Stampede in our Secret Garden. Enjoy a weekend full of live music, trade stands and a delicious BBQ and hog roast.

Live music acts include Dolly and the Clothes Pegs, Sundara Karma, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band and many more. Stalls for the weekend include Garlands, Bon Appetit, Bon Appasweet, Nigel Young (fudge) and again, many more!

Did we mention there will also be at least 15-20 real ales and 5 ciders - what's not to like?

Keep the date in your diary and we'll see you on the weekend of the 22nd!

Opening times:

Saturday 22nd: 12 noon - 10pm (music starting at 3pm)

Sunday 23rd: 12 non - 6pm

Hillbrooke go to Godminster Tue 10th July 2012

At the beginning of the month the team had a day out to Godminster Farm to learn a little more about how Godminster cheese is made – as we use it in all of our restaurants across the board. The first stop of the tour was the soft cheese making unit where we got to oversee the fresh milk from Godminster’s own cows being turned into their delicious, creamy cheese. Of course health and safety rules applied, for the sake of the cheese, hence the ‘quirky’ outfits in the image below.

The next part of the tour took the team on a trip through the fields, travelling the only way possible on a farm – by tractor and trailer… in the rain! It was on the back of the tractor that we got a chance to see the animals, crops and woodland, without which there would be no Godminster.

Finally we were allowed back inside and out of the rain for lunch, which included salad, grown by Godminster’s gardener Nicole, fresh baked bread by The Chapel Bakery and Restaurant in Bruton and of course Godminster cheese!

After lunch the team took a stroll around the walked garden, learning about all the different fruits and herbs used to experiment new products with. Then it was time to milk the cows (some of the team were more eager than others)!

Our day at Godminster was both fascinating and entertaining. It gave us a chance to connect with one of our suppliers so we could learn and truly appreciate the processes of a dairy farm.

Employee of the Month Mon 02nd July 2012

Congratulations go to Pedro this month for being awarded Employee of the Month. Pedro constantly goes that little step further to ensure all work is carried out to a degree of excellence and we are most grateful for all the hard work he puts in.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry Mon 23rd April 2012

Select a perfect early evening meal for two including drink at just £20!
Choose two main courses and a jug of ale or Carling or a bottle of red or white Ponte Pietra.
Available 7 days a week from 6-7pm.

Our secret garden Tue 27th March 2012

After unseasonable weather at the weekend, our Secret Garden is well and truly open for business...!

FOUND! Fri 02nd March 2012

Missing Elephant – FOUND! Thanks to Fielders Farm Shop Pangbourne

 We are pleased to announce the discovery of our Missing Elephant. Just over a week after its disappearance our Elephant has been returned!

Thanks goes to Annie Wild Manageress at Fielders Farm Shop on Pangbourne Road.  Annie pulled into the gravel drive this morning at 8 am ready to open up for business at 9 am to be greeted by our elephant in their field. Having read the story in Reading Chronicle (see link below) last week Annie (pictured on the right) called to alert us.


With very little damage aside chips to the paintwork on the tusks, the elephant has come home. Annie was thrilled to have found the elephant and gratefully accepted the ‘reward’ of complimentary Dinner Bed & Breakfast for herself and partner.

We are now thinking perhaps we should commission a baby elephant to sit alongside this one? Let us know what you think and email

 The Story:

With thanks to Fielders Farm Shop Pangborne Road – open 7 days a week from 9 am (10 am on Sundays) providing fresh local seasonal produce – visit


Missing Elephant Wed 22nd February 2012

REWARD – Complimentary Dinner Bed & Breakfast for two

If you spot our Elephant please call 0118 984 22 44

Or email a snap into


 The Elephant has been a bit of a landmark in Pangbourne since 2007. It was commissioned to be made in Rajasthan Northern India, so although it’s not of great monitory value it’s extremely precious to the team here.


Snow was falling... Tue 14th February 2012

Our 'Secret Garden' was looking like a Winter Wonderland following last weekend's snowfall - it wouldn't be a terrible place to get snowed in would it?



Check out our Sausages! Mon 06th February 2012

The sausage club has come to Pangbourne. Every Thursday evening from 6 - 9pm come and choose from 5 varieties of Vicar's Game sausages, with your choice of spud & sauce, and all for only £10! It's a great solution to help you through these long winter nights. So, come along and sit yourself by our roaring fire and tuck into a delicious, warming plate of spuds and sausages.

We hope to see you soon.



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