Wantage was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. It is notable as the birthplace of King Alfred the Great in 849.

Bear HotelStart at the Bear Hotel pub.
Overlooking the historic market place of Wantage in Oxfordshire for over 500 years.
Open from 10am Monday to Saturday, from 11am  Sunday.
Lunch served: Noon-2.30pm Dinner served: 6pm-9pm
Sunday Lunch served: Noon-2.30pm.
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Free wi-fi.   http://www.thebearwantage.co.uk/
Turn to the left out of this pub to see the King Alfreds Head ahead of you.

King Alfreds Head

Alfreds Head
31 Market Place  Wantage, Oxfordshire County OX12 8AH
Very nice multi roomed pub and bistro with outside seating in the summer.
Open all day from 10am, (Sunday 11am) with food served all day.
Free WiFi.   Beautifully decorated pub.
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Walk back to the Market place and take the Wallingford Street exit.

Shoulder of MuttonNext is the Shoulder of Mutton
The Shoulder Of Mutton Pub
38 Wallingford Street,  Oxfordshire OX12 8AX
Ten real ales in prime condition on hand pump at any time and normally six real ciders.
Open from 11:30 daily. No food at time of writing (Jan 2016) But food is planned in the future by the new landlord.

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The Kings Arms is opposite.

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms
39 Wallingford St, Wantage,  OX12 8AU

The Kings Arms Public House is a grade II listed building.
Low Ceilings with beams. This pub, which promises so much from the outside appearance, is a disappointment inside. Its redeeming feature is a nice large garden.
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Continue along Wallingford Street in the same direction towards Charlton, to Charlton Road.

Lord NelsonThe Lord Nelson pub.
78 Charlton Road  Wantage, OX12 8HL
It looks like a traditional two bar pub from the front. When you get inside it is a huge area split up into different levels served by two bars. Children are welcome but there is an over 18 area so that you can get away from the little brats. Open all day from 11am. Food served all day. Free WiFi. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

Retrace your steps to the Market Place and turn left into Newbury Street. Walk on to find the Royal Oak on your right.

The Royal Oak

Royal Oak
Royal Oak Inn Newbury St   OX12 8DF
The Oak is owned and run by the landlord, Paul Hexter and his wife Frankie. Paul and Frankie bought the Oak from Courage in 1983 and earned a place in the Good Beer Guide in 1985 and have featured in almost every edition since then. Two of the regular beers, Dr Hexter’s Wedding ale & Dr Hexter’s Healer, were originally brewed specifically for Paul by West Berks Brewery. They are now available nationally. Open Mon-Fri 5.30-11.00, Saturday 12-2.30 7-11, Sunday 12-2, 7-10.30. 
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