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Eating out in Berkshire - best restaurants

12:55 11 January 2017

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Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Berkshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Looking for a location for a meal out? Below are restaurants of all sorts right across the county featured in Berkshire Life over the years.

9 great places for Sunday lunch in Berkshire

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 Vineyard at Stockcross

Intriguing dishes served with feeling and carefully matched wines that provide new dining experiences.

The Crown at Bray

Yes, it’s a gastropub, but be prepared for attractions beyond the juicy summer menu, says Jan Raycroft.

Caldesi in Campagna

Picture this: there were more than a few surprises when Jan Raycroft and Maureen McLean visited Caldesi in Campagna at Bray.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Windsor

Sometimes we like to imagine the ‘nightmare party’ arriving at a restaurant for a gathering. All very nice people, of course.

Waterside dining in Berkshire: 8 pubs and restaurants

Katy Eachus selects her top Berkshire spots to enjoy eating and drinking while watching the world float by.

The Hinds Head

Great, very British and with just enough of Heston’s ‘quirks’ to make lunch or dinner here a memorable occasion.

5 of the best afternoon teas in Berkshire

You can’t keep Maureen McLean away from a cuppa: here she chooses places to enjoy afternoon tea in Berkshire.

Berkshire food and drink recommendations - April 2016

Our readers share with you the news of great restaurants, pubs, cafes and farm shops.

Dog friendly pubs in Berkshire: 6 of the best places to go

Katy Eachus and her pub expert companion Monty sniff out some dog-friendly dining venues

March recommendations

Welcome to our new feature where readers are invited to share the news of great restaurants, pubs, cafes and farm shops.

Top spots for breakfast in Berkshire

Whether you prefer a full English or a snack on the go, breakfast really can be the tastiest meal of the day if it’s done right... and this Berkshire lot certainly do it right!

24 places to enjoy international cuisine in Berkshire

Celebrate tastes from around the world with Katy Eachus’s pick of Berkshire restaurants.

The Oakley Court

And for our next trick… Jan Raycroft and Maureen McLean discover more than a little magic during a visit to this splendid country house hotel.

The Shurlock Inn

Best Family Dining winner at the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015. 

The Carnarvon Arms

It’s time for a return visit to this fascinating old country inn, not just for us, but for you too, says Jan Raycroft.

10 of the best places for Sunday lunch and Christmas lunch in Berkshire

Katy Eachus sets out to find the perfect dining venues for a feast – so good that you’ll want to book a Christmas treat as well.

Fat Duck

With a ratio of one kitchen staff member to every customer, the restaurant has secured three Michelin stars, and with it, worldwide acclaim. Offering tantalising delicacies such as Jelly of Quail and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (c.1892), Heston takes pleasure in playing tricks on diners’ perceptions.

5 of the best country pubs in Berkshire

It’s wonderful that so many of us have pretty pubs on our doorstep – or at least within walking distance – and here are some of our favourites to complete the perfect day out.

Ladies lunch in Berkshire - 7 great restaurants

Dining with the girls? Katy Eachus isn’t one to shy away from an invitation to a menu of delicious food, the odd glass and some gossip, so offers these recommendations.

3 Berkshire pubs perfect for a family meal

When you need to eat out with everyone from the toddlers to great-grandparents, finding the right pub for lunch or dinner will make everyone’s day.

Fork, Royal Berkshire Hotel

Good friends can agree to disagree, but fortunately at Fork you’ll find something for everyone on the menu, Maureen McLean decides.

Tally Ho

When the Tally Ho! was threatened with redevelopement, locals and lifelong regulars sprung into action to ensure it stayed as a pub - and became an instant success story.

Family dining

Looking to enjoy a restaurant or pub visit with the whole family? Katy Eachus goes in search of places that satisfy everyone from tots to great-grandparents.


A lovely, vibrant atmosphere, innovative – and filling – menu choices and attentive, smiling staff. It’s hard to fault Bill’s, recently opened at the celebration of dining that Windsor Royal Station has become.

Romantic dining

Whether you want to push the boat out with an indulgent hotel stay or simply cosy up at an intimate village inn, Valentine’s Day offers a feast of choices.

The Newbury

The stunning transformation of The Newbury proves that with the right team and determination our local hostelries can enjoy a healthy future.


Tom Fahey visits L’ortolan and discovers how a ‘menu trip back in time’ offers diners a chance to try memorable courses which led to the award of a Michelin star and an enviable reputation...


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