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1. The Dining Room at Cliveden International restaurant in Taplow Cliveden Rd - SL6
The “spectacular drive up to the property” is all part of the experience at this majestic ancestral pile of the Astor family (host, in its day, to the events behind the Profumo scandal; where Meghan stayed before marrying Prince Harry; and nowadays owned by the National Trust). The dining room occupies a “gorgeous hall” primely located within the property and with “great views”. As you might expect, a visit is an experience as much as it is a gourmet spectacular, and although cooking from chef Chris Hannon (replacing Paul O’Neill in October 2021) is generally well-received, feedback follows the up-and-down pattern established over many years here. A typical example: “lovely room, pretty good food actually but it isn’t a restaurant that wows. Some dishes were very good but it was a case of hit-and-miss, especially for the high price, and service was good but not outstanding”. Top Tip – “perfect afternoon tea for special occasions”.
2. The Vineyard at Stockcross British, Modern restaurant in Stockcross
“The wine list is immense, but good sommeliers are on hand to guide you through it” at Sir Peter Michael’s modern, luxury country estate, whose “stunning, if challengingly extensive, cellar” features vintages from his family’s Sonoma County and Napa Valley vineyards. So “do not be daunted, as there is plenty of advice from the wine team” and the selection is “deep, complex, and fascinating… if expensive” (“if you are seriously into Californian wines, this is the place”, but “deep pockets are needed!”). Other aspects of the operation have a hard time living up to the main event and harsher reporters feel aspects of the place are “dull” or “nothing memorable by comparison to the wine”. Others, though, are “surprised by the good food” with dishes noted in despatches including “very good crab tortellini and Berkshire trout with caviar” and “beautifully presented Berkshire game pie”.
3. Sindhu Indian restaurant in Marlow The Compleat Angler - SL7
“Incredibly original Indian cuisine served gracefully in a wonderful location” makes this well-commented-on Marlow destination one of the country’s top grand Indians outside the capital. “A beautiful dining room overlooking the Thames” and with a “fabulous view of Marlow Weir” (gorgeous in daytime, perhaps less impactful at night) is the venue for “an enormously enjoyable, fine-dining take on Indian cuisine that’s beautifully presented,: “with lovely spicing, but never being overwhelmed by too much heat”. It’s “one of those experiences where practically everything is spot on”.
4. Caldesi in Campagna Italian restaurant in Bray Old Mill Ln - SL6
“Within walking distance of the Monkey Island and Bray high street” – Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi’s “relaxed sister establishment to Caldesi in Marylebone” occupies a converted house complete with “a great bar and attractive glasshouse-type” addition. The dishes from its “excellent, typically Italian menu” are, say fans, “fantastic” and “the cost is rather like loose change compared to the nearby Fat Duck”.
5. H Café Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Henley-on-Thames 22 Market Place - RG9
2021 Review: Henley residents can now save on the rail fare to ‘The Smoke’. Hot on the heels of opening a luxury food court in Harrods, the famous store’s first café outside London is to open in late 2019 on the market place of this chichi town (in what was formerly a branch of Nicolas). We are promised an experience akin to the new food hall approach recently adopted in SW1: ‘a menu of dine-in and dine-out options, replicating the current food-to-go and deli offering’ in Knightsbridge.
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