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 157 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”.
. The Woodspeen
British, Modern restaurant in Newbury
Lambourn Rd - RG20
John Campbell’s “open and airy” modernised ex-pub not far from Newbury “has great interior design”, sits in a “delightful countryside location” and is establishing itself as a major destination, especially considering that “it’s in the middle of nowhere”. It offers “an excellent all-round experience” with “clever, but not too clever food that’s skilfully cooked and good value”; “outstanding cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)”; and “superb wine” (with “unusual options from countries such as Turkey”).
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