Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Berkshire
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Berkshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 158 restaurants in Berkshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Berkshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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. Waterside Inn
French restaurant in Bray
Ferry Rd - SL6
“Heaven on earth” – Alain Roux’s “superlative” institution is, for very many reporters, the country’s leading temple of classic Gallic gastronomy. It helps it has a “gorgeous” Thames-side setting, with the possibility of starting off a summer meal with a glass of fizz and canapés on the beautiful outside terrace (or even a quick spin down the river in the restaurant’s private launch). “The Roux chef who shuns the media produces traditional cuisine, but modernised to be lighter and healthier” [well, somewhat]. “It is a conservatively-slanted menu so there were no fireworks or innovation in terms of the dishes, but the quality of ingredients are second to none on earth” and results are “simply stunning”. Unfortunately so are the prices – it is “frighteningly expensive” (and it is worth noting that the ‘rapport prix/qualité’ was questioned a bit more often this year). Intrinsic to the experience is the “unparalleled” service from “some of the best staff in hospitality” – a team that “has no swagger, but is all class” (“an astounding feeling of style, without being overbearing or pompous”). In May 2018 as our survey was concluding, Diego Masciaga, part of the fixtures and fittings for the last 30 years and probably the most popular maitre d’ in the UK retired, leaving Frédéric Poulette the unenviable task of following in his footsteps.
. Restaurant Coworth Park
British, Modern restaurant in Ascot
Blacknest Rd - SL5
“A picture-book setting” amid polo fields and parkland (albeit easily reached from the M25) is the icing on the “delicious” cake at the Dorchester Collection’s ultra-plush, special occasion-friendly hotel. From tasting menus to à la carte, Adam Smith’s food is all “superb”; and “yummy” afternoon teas remain a highlight.
. The Blackbird
British, Traditional restaurant in Bagnor
High Street - RG20
“Who would expect to find top restaurant cuisine in a small, quaint, rural pub?” – Dom Robinson, a former head chef at Tom Aikens, returned from Dubai to imbue this village boozer with plenty of “old world charm”. His “excellent, high-quality cooking” has garnered universally high ratings from our reporters – as well as a coveted star from the French tyre outfit – and it “won’t break the bank”.
. Crown Inn
British, Traditional restaurant in Bray
High St - SL6
“Heston’s concept here is ‘pub food, done like you’ve never seen it done before’, and it works, taking standard fare such as prawn cocktail, fish ’n’ chips, even ploughman’s lunch, and making them an experience”. This beamed local in the centre of the village doesn’t attract the volume of feedback of the Hind’s Head, but for a more trad’ experience, locals say it’s “always good”.
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