Harden's survey result
It’s been a turbulent time for this Thames Valley old-timer just outside Goring-on-Thames, which enjoys the most gorgeous riverside location, particularly in summer. Having operated as a (quite good) Italian venue since 2014 (Rossini at the Leatherne Bottel) it closed in May 2018 as our survey was ending, soon to re-open under new owners – Sally Albin with head chef Adam Hague – in June, with a new modern British tasting format. However, at the end of October 2018 they closed again, citing ‘depleted capital’, but with the intention to crowdfund a new venture on the site. So it’s a case of watch this space.
In a “very romantic” riverside spot, this Thames Valley classic certainly has “lots of feel-good factor”, not least on the terrace. Since its 2014 Italian revamp and rebrand, feedback has been more limited but it was consistently rated “an all-round enjoyable experience” this year.
“Just lovely on a summer’s evening” – the “gorgeous riverside setting”, with extensive al fresco seating in warmer weather, is the crown jewel of this Thames Valley fixture. There are few exaggerated claims made for its Italian cuisine, but on all accounts it’s “fresh” and “reasonably priced”.
Mixed opinions on this riverside stalwart which reopened after a revamp in August 2014. Its "delightful" location – “within a few feet of the lovely peaceful River Thames” – makes for “outstanding alfresco dining when the weather is kind”, but whereas for some reporters its Italian cuisine is an equal attraction, more than one critic feels it's “not a patch on the old Leatherne Bottel”.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
Bridle Way, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 0HS
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3 pm|