Harden's survey result
A serene and gorgeous Thames Valley location is the main reason to continue to include this riverside stalwart, which has been through numerous owners in recent times (and which, at the time of writing, is marked as closed on TripAdvisor even though it appears to be open). Previously run as ‘Rossini at the Leatherne Bottel’, it was relaunched in April 2019 under new owners, but still serving Italian cuisine.
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”.
|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|