9 great places for Sunday lunch in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 14:32 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 19 May 2017
Sue Bromley rounds up a selection of Berkshire eateries perfect for a Sunday lunch
We’ve chosen some truly tasty spots for our dining out feasts, opting for ones that not only serve up treats for the meat eaters, but also happily cope with vegetarians and those on restricted diets, such as gluten-free options. Just make sure you book in advance for any of these gems.
The Crown & Horns, East Ilsley
We have to start with our 2016 Food & Drink Awards Pub of the Year. It’s set in beautiful West Berkshire countryside so you might want to enjoy an appetite-inducing walk before making your way here.
The roast-alicious menu means any day could be Sunday here. If they are on the seasonal menu during your visit, then good choices might be the pressed Dingley Dell pork belly with sage and onion potato cake, greens and cider gravy or slow cooked short rib of beef with horseradish mash, roasted Chantenay carrots and carrots with roasted shallot purée.
Complete it with some chocolaty treats, traditional apple and rhubarb crumble with custard, or a gluten-free syrup sponge pudding with custard.
crownandhorns.com; 01635 281545
The Horns, Crazies Hill
We’re always fans of those places which make little changes to the Sunday lunch menu each week by choosing the best of what’s available seasonally and at market. That’s definitely the story here and it was no surprise when The Horns near Reading took top spot for Best Family Dining at the 2016 Food & Drink Awards. It’s the perfect place to take ‘a mixed bag’ of family from senior members to the little ones. The starters shine as brightly as the mains and you might find local ingredients such as Barkham Blue cheese in the ingredients.
hornsatcrazieshill.co.uk; 01189 406041
The Shurlock Inn, Shurlock Row
You can build the ultimate Sunday lunch here with starters such as pork belly bites with crackling and apple sauce. The mains include dishes like rib of beef or pot roast brisket, chicken and pork belly with all the traditional trimmings including superb roast potatoes. Smaller versions are happily produced for children, who also have their own menu.
shurlockinn.com; 01189 349094
The Bladebone, Bucklebury
The blackboard specials may lure you from the roasts here, which come served with cauliflower in cheese sauce, roasties, parsnips, Yorkshire pud and delicious gravy, so either way you’ll want to come back for more. The roasts offer the likes of 28 day sirloin or orchard-reared pork and there’s a ‘veggie roast’ with all the trimmings, puy lentil croquette and ‘safe’ gravy.
thebladebone.com; 01189 714000
Hinds Head, Bray
Superb dry-aged salt-rubbed Highland beef sirloin (from one of the Queen’s butchers, no less) with a port and wine gravy and fresh horseradish, plus free range pork loin with crackling are usually added to the a la carte menu of Heston’s Michelin-starred pub on Sundays, served with seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes.
hindsheadbray.com; 01628 626151
The Vineyard at Stockcross
A fine dining ‘must do’, where you can makes choices from a Sunday lunch menu which changes with the seasons and always comes up trumps. The Vineyard also offers the option of head chef Robby Jenks’s 7-course tasting menu on Sundays so anyone looking for something a little different will be happy. If you opt for Sunday lunch, why not push the boat out and have the matching wines alongside each course, a speciality of The Vineyard.
the-vineyard.co.uk; 01635 896504
Oakley Court, Water Oakley, Windsor
Sunday lunch in The Scullery restaurant is a relaxed affair suitable for families of all ages so it’s a chance to enjoy Oakley Court’s splendour alongside some fine food. Beef or pork belly is served with all the trimmings and we’ve heard excellent reports of the Veggie Roast featuring carrot, cashew and tahini.
If you start with ‘munchies’ from the chef’s table, make sure you leave room for desserts such as Oakley apple crumble.
oakleycourt.co.uk; 01753 609988
The Woodspeen, Woodspeen, Newbury
John Campbell’s lovely restaurant overlooking countryside makes the most of seasonal and locally grown produce – indeed much comes from their garden across the road. On Sundays a very tempting lunch menu expands to include the likes of roast rib of red Sussex beef with Yorkshire pudding and local pheasant breast with game and bacon stuffing.
thewoodspeen.com; 01635 265070
Coworth Park, Ascot
Spoil yourself with a splendid Sunday lunch here featuring a feast of flavours which celebrate the best of British with dishes such as Windsor Royal Farm prime Sussex beef, Berkshire lamb or Cotswold white chicken. Restaurant Coworth Park is also renowned for its exceptional desserts.
dorchestercollection.com; 01344 876 660
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