The Elephant at Pangbourne

Pangbourne, Berkshire
+44 (0)118 984 2244

You’ll feel like you’re staying at a sophisticated hotel near the Taj Mahal but this is a smart town in Berkshire. The gin menu is superb


20 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

In the centre of well-heeled Pangbourne, The Elephant is a stroll to chi-chi gift shops, an award-winning cheese shop – Cheese Etc – and the Thames. Amble along it; hire a boat or kayak if you fancy a splash about. This is also a handy base for the Henley Regatta.

Inside, smiley staff buzz around and colonial era glamour reigns: wooden floors, club chairs to recline in, old tea chests – and quite a lot of elephants! Book in for afternoon tea or settle down for sandwiches, sharing plates or a salad in the Babar bar. The Herd Restaurant is open in the evenings – treat yourself to a steak, they are sublime.

There are no fewer than 56 gins on the menu – fun to sit in the bar at a table made from an old aeroplane wing to sample a couple of them. Upstairs, grand bedrooms continue the old school sophistication. The garden annexe rooms have the best views across the gorgeous gardens to the church next door.

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We think you'll love

  • A fab terrace for al fresco dining (plus pizza oven), and watching your steak being cooked on an open fire in the restaurant
  • Breakfast being brought to you in bed
  • The outdoor games for children – and how welcoming the hotel is to families
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You should know

  • It’s on a roundabout in the centre of town and it can be tricky to negotiate yourself into the car park
  • Some rooms are still waiting to be updated


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

A warm welcome and a woof box with a tennis ball to take home, choice of Lily's Kitchen wet food, organic dog biscuits & poo bags. A comfy doggy bed amd some special treats too.

Dogs £20 per dog per night. Max. 2.

Hotel gardens; banks of the river Thames nearby with great walk through Pangbourne Meadow. Dogs welcome in all areas of hotel except restaurant; dine with your dog in the bar area.

Bar meals from £6.50. Dinner from £11.50.


Nightly price
from £85
Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
20 Doubles
From £85



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The neighbourhood

As well as pottering about in the town itself and along the Thames, the area is well-placed for the Henley Regatta and Royal Ascot events. Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens (1.5 miles) is set in 30 acres of grounds and woodland with exotic animals, farm animals, birds and children's play areas. A mile further on is Basildon Park, National Trust house, gardens and parkland. The hotel hosts a gin and beer festival every August.

Local points of interest from Helen Laing

  • Pangbourne rests on the banks of the River Thames, and Pangbourne Meadow is a great walk next to the river with stunning views of the wooded Chiltern Hills.
  • Windsor Castle, just 35 minutes away, is the largest occupied castle in the world. It houses treasure from the royal collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence.
  • Beale Park is a fantastic place to visit with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames. A great day out for all ages near Pangbourne in Berkshire.
  • Basildon Park, a National Trust House featured in the 2005 adaption of Pride and Prejudice, is a Palladian mansion with a collection of fine art, furniture and textiles, with grounds overlooking the Thames.
  • Henley on Thames, best known for its annual Royal Regatta, is a little further down the River Thames and is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern wooded landscape.