The Sun in the Wood sits in a green glade near Newbury. Inside, the mood is relaxed and sophisticated, with a smart and chic dining room offering woodland views. This is a pub that has something for everyone, whether you seek a quiet dinner, a place to host a celebration or a drink in the well-stocked bar. The menu is well-balanced and inviting. I began with herbed goat’s cheese set on sweet cartwheels of tomato. My partner opted for the special: smoked salmon with mixed salad and rustic bread. As the main course, I enjoyed tasty stuffed chicken thighs on a bed of rice with roasted vegetables. My companion chose the special lamb rump with green beans, tomatoes and new potatoes. The meat was tender and delicious and the portion generous. The chef uses only quality ingredients, resulting in fresh, flavoursome cuisine, cooked to perfection. For pizza-lovers, a range of delectable stone-baked pizzas is also available. What follows is a selection to impress the sweet-toothed among us. We shared a trio of desserts: sticky toffee pudding topped with salted caramel ice cream, a luscious chocolate brownie, and soft yet crumbly Pavlova with forest fruits. The combination was rich and refreshing, a perfect end to our meal. For a friendly welcome and memorable food, be sure to visit The Sun in the Wood.