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 152 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
A leading light in the UK’s gastronomic constellation since it first opened in 1972 – this famous Thames-sider (a favourite of the Royal Family) is run nowadays by Alain Roux (with father, Michel, still sometimes popping up in the dining room). “Swans are usually in view” in its “glorious” and “peaceful” riverside location, and in particular the location is “unsurpassable on a warm evening in summer”, when a meal typically starts off with a glass of champagne on the terrace, or even a jaunt in the restaurant’s private launch. The meal itself at any time of year takes place in a plush conservatory overlooking the river. Stylewise, you could be in rural France, and to some tastes this classic temple of Gallic gastronomy “feels a bit of a time warp” with perennial calls in some quarters for “a bit more risk and creativity” in the cuisine. For the vast majority of reporters however, the overriding impression is that “attention to detail is a way of life here”, with the kitchen’s “classical French perfection” judged “absolutely outstanding in every way”, and service likewise – overseen by long-term general manager Diego Masciaga is “unmatched”.
. The Woodspeen
British, Modern restaurant in Newbury
Lambourn Rd - RG20
“Exceptional cuisine from John Campbell and his team” (“their passion shines through”) wins the highest praise for this modernised ex-pub “tucked-away a few miles from Newbury” and “certainly worth the drive”. “Service is very effective and charming too – everyone smiles! – and the unique design of the building (with its striking high ceiling) and the surroundings make for a very elegant and pleasant experience”.
. Ascot Oriental
Pan-Asian restaurant in Ascot
London Rd - SL5
2014 Review: High praise for Konrad Liu's “very special” rural pan-Asian “favourite”; you get a “perfect meal” here, say fans, and with an upmarket wine list to match.
. The Crown
French restaurant in Maidenhead
Burchetts Green - SL6
Family-run gastropub in Burchetts Green which fuses French and English cuisine to great acclaim (including from the French tyre company). Fans extol “classic English dishes executed to perfection” and “a lovely experience all-round”, but it’s not without its doubters: “the meal was… nice, not exciting or standout… fine… most disappointing for Michelin-starred food”.
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