The Michelin Guide has released its list for 2023, showcasing all of the top restaurants across the UK for food, service and an all-round dining experience. This year, 16 restaurants from Berkshire have made the esteemed list, five of which have kept their Michelin star status.
Four of the awarded businesses can be found in West Berkshire while the other 12 are scattered across Windsor and Maidenhead. As before, Bray is home to many fine dining establishments, yet others can also be found in Newbury.
The latest rankings show that Berkshire’s five top ranking restaurants have not changed over the past year. The Fat Duck and Waterside Inn have both retained their three star accolades and the county’s one star restaurants (Woven, by Adam Smith, Hinds Head and the Woodspeen) remain the same.
As for the Michelin listed restaurants, only one new business has made the list. The Seasonality in Maidenhead was awarded for its “ingredient-led menu” which “offers confident, colourful dishes.” The rest of the businesses remain the same.
The Michelin Guide 2023 for Berkshire is listed in full below.
Woven, by Adam Smith – One Michelin Star
“A chic, luxurious 18C property set in 246 acres of grounds plays host to this elegant, intimate restaurant. As you enter, the striking ceiling sculpture is the first thing to catch your eye; it’s named ‘Autumn’ – to match the colours of the room – and comprises copper oak leaves and acorns. The service might be structured but the atmosphere is relaxed, and the large main room has a bright, contemporary look; for the best view ask for a seat in the conservatory, overlooking the manicured gardens.
“Chef Adam Smith spent a number of years at The Ritz, before moving to the Devonshire Arms in Yorkshire, which explains both his classical cooking and his love of the countryside. His menus reflect this, with simply cooked, beautifully presented dishes paying the utmost respect to natural British ingredients. Cooking is assured and technically skilled, and dishes display real depth and finesse.”
Blacknest Road, Ascot, SL5 7SE
Waterside Inn – Three Michelin Stars
“Guests are welcomed as if they are friends at this illustrious restaurant in a picture perfect spot on a bank of the Thames. The wonderful terrace is fringed by weeping willows and boats and swans vie for positions on the water.
“A bastion of culinary excellence, it was opened in 1972 by the late brothers Michel and Albert Roux and, despite being the longest-standing Starred restaurant in the UK, it continues to go from strength to strength under the auspices of Michel’s son, Alain.
“Luxury is at every turn, from the finest crockery and glassware to indulgent ingredients and this, combined with the effortless service, creates a truly memorable dining experience. Menus list all the French classics, from rabbit to lobster, and there’s always a soufflé of the day. Flavours are full and sauces are intense but there’s also a lightness of touch to the execution.”
Ferry Road, Bray, SL6 2AT
Fat Duck – Three Michelin Stars
“This iconic restaurant celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2021 with the introduction of an Anthology Menu, exploring the most famous and fantastical dishes to have come from Heston Blumenthal’s imagination.
“Heston’s motto is ‘Question everything’, and his multi-sensory cooking is testament to his ground-breaking approach: innovative, evocative, playful and perfectly judged, with harmonious textures and flavours. Theatrical, interactive service from the engaging service team further heightens the experience.”
High Street, Bray, SL6 2AQ
Hinds Head – One Michelin Star
“Set in the centre of the Thameside village of Bray, this sweet, quintessentially English inn is best known as Heston Blumenthal’s informal dining option – but that doesn’t make it any less of an experience. Start with a drink in the comfortable Royal Lounge, surrounded by some unusual taxidermy, before heading to the charming, low-ceilinged dining room with its parquet flooring, wood panels and beams.
“Concise menus offer time-honoured British dishes presented in a clean, modern style, with punchy flavours and the occasional playful element. The execution is precise, the combinations work beautifully, and different textures and temperatures play their part. Don’t miss the Quaking Pudding, which changes flavour with the seasons. Service is relaxed and friendly and the atmosphere buzzes with the hum of contented diners.”
High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB
The Woodspeen – One Michelin Star
“Despite being set in an old pub, this neighbourhood eatery has a contemporary feel, courtesy of its bright wood and glass extension which comes with a thatched roof, a vaulted larch ceiling and modern Scandic styling.
“Sit by the open-plan kitchen to watch the smooth efficiency of the chefs or book the chef’s table in the smart cookery school opposite to observe close-up the precision and accuracy with which the dishes are prepared.
“Mouth-watering menus centre on the seasons and bring together ingredients from the kitchen garden and the surrounding area. Flavour is paramount and dishes have a comforting, modern classic style – there are even some for two to share. The kitchen team are confident and service is charming and structured.”
Lambourn Road, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8BN
Michelin listed restaurants
The Loch & The Tyne
“Adam Handling’s country inn is named in honour of where he met his co-owner chefs: Scotland and Newcastle. The room has a characterful vintage style, and the terrace sits beside raised beds which supply herbs and veg for the attractively presented, classically based dishes. Bedrooms are luxurious.”
10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2QY
“A striking dark green interior with glitzy rose gold panelling and distinctive tiling sets this elegant restaurant apart. Menus offer an appealing range of beautifully-presented European dishes, which are delicately crafted using modern techniques. Sit overlooking the fire pit or in the airy conservatory.”
London Road, Ascot, SL5 0PU
“The Greene Oak’s modern bar has a pleasingly laid-back feel and the quirky horsebox tables on the terrace add something a little different. Menus use the best of the British larder and offer an appealing mix of dishes. The 45-day aged rare breed steaks are a speciality and the weekday lunch menu is a steal.”
Oakley Green, Windsor, SL4 5UW
Caldesi in Campagna
“Passionate Montepulciano-born owner-cum-food-author Giancarlo Caldesi and his wife Katie run this chic, sophisticated restaurant, where a warm welcome is guaranteed. Flavoursome Italian dishes feature Tuscan and Sicilian specialities. The spacious, airy conservatory to the rear is the place to sit.”
Old Mill Lane, Bray, SL6 2BG
“Formerly two cottages and a bike shop, this restored, timbered 16C building now boasts a cavernous, heated garden marquee complete with an open kitchen and bar, but ask to sit inside the traditional pub if you’re after a cosier, more intimate meal. Carefully prepared, British-inspired dishes are robust and flavoursome.”
High Street, Bray, SL6 2AH
“What started out as a produce shop – and pivoted into producing dine-at-home boxes during lockdown – has morphed into a bright and airy restaurant, personally run by chef-owner Wesley, who can be seen cooking at the central island. The ingredient-led menu offers confident, colourful dishes with an appealing clarity of flavour. The lunch menu is a steal.”
26 Queen Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1HZ
“The warm, friendly service is part of the reason for this whitewashed village pub’s loyal local following, but so too is the modern British food, with its bold flavour combinations and neat, unfussy style. Sit in the relaxed bar or more formal restaurant – and be sure to save room for dessert.”
The Pound, Cookham, SL6 9QE
“A traditional English pub overlooking the cricket pitch, where you’ll find local drinkers in the bar and a comfy, light-filled dining room. Eye-catching daily dishes are full of flavour and exhibit a staunch sense of Britishness.”
Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3SH
“Country charm abounds at this red-brick pub in a picture-postcard village. Behind the beamed bar is a modern extension with an imitation tree reaching up to the roof. Menus mix British classics, wood-fired pizzas and some Asian dishes. Comfy bedrooms come with their own gun cabinets.”
The Square, Yattendon, RG18 0UF
“The Pot Kiln is a characterful little country pub owned by the Yattendon Estate. Head for the cosy bar and order a pint, then follow the delicious aromas through to the dining area, where flavoursome British dishes arrive in gutsy portions; game is a speciality. Bedrooms overlook the garden.”
Frilsham, RG18 0XX
“Stunning original artwork from the owner’s private collection hangs on the walls of this smart hotel restaurant. Elegantly presented dishes are elevated by the skilful preparation of good quality ingredients, and they offer over 50 wines by the glass – some from their own Californian vineyard.”
Stockcross, Newbury, RG20 8JU