Berkshire is filled with amazing restaurants and eating experiences, from American diners to Michelin star restaurants, tapas bars, and everything in between.
All of the restaurants listed below have opened this year, in spite of COVID, and have been warmly received by the public, all achieving four stars on TripAdvisor or more.
The Coconut Tree in Reading
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Coconut Tree is a new Sri Lankan street food restaurant in Reading which serves sweet and fiery cocktails and veggie, meat and fish dishes for all to enjoy.
The venue opened on Kings Road and replaced the old Zizzi’s unit.
Their menu is extensive and includes Sri Lankan classics such as hoppers, kottu, and mango curry.
This place is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves rum-based cocktails as there are plenty to choose from, including some unconventional cocktails such as the Choc Old Fashioned which has a giant coconut ice ball in it.
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The restaurant is rated five stars out of five on TripAdvisor, which isn’t something you see every day.
One customer on TripAdvisor wrote: “The food variety was great! The menu was clear and had plenty of things to choose from. Our favorite was the Cheesy Colombo! Mild but very tasty.
“For the lovers of extra spicy food there were a ton of choices there as well, including an amazing mango curry “Amba Maluwa”, a little bit sweet, sour, and spicy and all around unique.
“The menu makes it clear which dishes are the spicy ones and which ones are milder.”
The Loch and Tyne in Windsor
Rated 4 stars out of 5
Chef Adam Handling embarked on a new adventure this year when he launched The Loch and Tyne in Old Windsor.
The venue opened in May and the menu is seasonal, featuring ingredients from its own vegetable garden and orchard.
Co-Chef Proprietors Steven and Jonny opened up this restaurant to showcase the skills they’ve learned having worked alongside Adam for 10 years.
Adam and the team also offer up personalised private event experiences for anyone who wants a menu filled with their favourite recipes.
A recent visitor to the restaurant wrote on TripAdvisor: “This restaurant has became our regular base in Berkshire.
“There are not many places around with good quality food and an understanding of service. Every single person in the team has been lovely and it is clearly visible that Karolina runs a fantastic crew!
“Most importantly; the food is great and the drinks too.
“Best recommendation is to go for Sunday Roast with live music!!”
The website calls itself “sustainable British luxury” and the venue is open 7 days a week, every day of the year.
The Greyhound in Finchampstead
Rated 4 stars out of 5
The restaurant has recently released a festive menu alongside its A la carte menu and it features dishes including smoked goose breast as a starter, Wiltshire turkey with all the trimmings as a main, and a sticky toffee pudding with mince pie ice cream for dessert.
One TripAdvisor user spoke highly of the venue’s Sunday menu and said: “Highly recommend Sunday Roast (love the cauli cheese side), I’ve visited a few times now and the service has been amazing every time.
“The staff are so well trained, very friendly and professional, nothing is too much trouble.
“Food super tasty and well presented and good quality.
“It is so good to have somewhere decent to eat in Finchampstead with a great atmosphere. And they serve Moet by the glass!”
RYND in Wokingham
Rated 4.5 stars out of 5
RYND provides the people of Wokingham with Californian-inspired tapas and plenty of cocktails to drink alongside.
The restaurant opened this July and has been serving up sharing plates including tacos, croquettes, burgers and gnocchi, ever since.
Known for its range of cocktails, there are plenty of vodka, rum, gin and whisky-based drinks that are bound to take your fancy.
Whether its a porn star martini, a daiquiri or something quirky like an ‘Essex girl’ (which is made of Tequila Rose), it seems that RYND has it covered.
If you’re interested in eating here, the venue is open every day from 11am to 11pm apart from on Sundays when it closes early at 10:30 pm.
One customer on TripAdvisor raved about the cocktails and the cauliflower popcorn here.
“Such a lovely spot in the centre of Wokingham.
“The cocktails were beautiful and delicious and so was the food – particularly the Popcorn Cauliflower.
“The staff were friendly, attentive and really welcoming. We could have stayed all evening! Just what Wokingham needed – I’ll definitely be back.”
Blue’s Smokehouse in Newbury
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Blue’s Smokehouse in Newbury is an American-inspired restaurant perfect for meat-lovers who want to munch on a brisket or rump steak.
The website says that “Blue’s is about loosening your belt, getting a crowd together and enjoying wallet-friendly feasts with your friends and family.”
In true American style, the diner also has a food challenge (for those hungry enough) which involves eating a platter of BBQ classics.
Win the challenge and you get your name stuck on the wall, but the wall is quite empty at the moment.
One customer on TripAdvisor loved the menu and range of food.
They said: “New restaurant in our area so thought we’d try it out.
“Lovely friendly staff to great us, our waitress was new but did an amazing job.
“Very attentive and drinks were prompt. Quite an extensive menu, food was excellent.”
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