Hipster Newbury or just cool and independent
While Newbury might not be able to compete when it comes to Shoreditch and Camden with their hipster, independent and bohoo vibes, an underbelly of beards, cask ales and on trendy eateries still thrives.
One of the first identifiers of a hipster and an up and coming area has to be the quaffed hair and skinny jeans combo. The home to the on-trend hair cut is the Unruly within the Parkway. The independent barbers spring up just under a year ago and has gone from the strength to strength with its fluffy mascot, Alfie, casting his eye over every single blended cut. Bookings for Unruly can be done online via their website or by dropping in opposite Debenhams.
The drink of choice these days has to be the cask ale and Newbury supplies that in plenty. The Cow and Cask pub down at Inches Yard serves up several tipples such as Local London from local breweries. And while it may not do hot food, we reckon their Nobby's spicy nuts are enough for us.
The American Smokehouse Boo Bars has a dedicated following on the edge of the Kennet Centre. It's reputation goes way beyond the borders of the RG14 and also recognised as one of the best places to eat right across Berkshire. The small but perfectly formed eating joint cooks up some of the finest food with a selection of pretzels and booritos served up on a daily basis.
Walking along the Market Place you would think that Sushi Maki was some sort of high-end boutique that has just arrived from west London. Instead of scalloped hems its sashimi that greets visitors through the vintage exterior of this Newbury one-off. While sushi may not be at the hights that it once was, Sushi Maki still manages to pull in the crowds when it opens Tuesday to Thursdays. It serves everything from boat platters to salmon lover lunch boxes.
Although the closest many of us get to a tattoo is listening to the Russian pop band from the olden days, Newbury ranks quite highly on the number of parlours there are across town. Rated highly for its bling and retainers (what), the Carousel Tattoo and Piercing shop at Inches Yard can knock up a tattoo for £60 an hour.