The finalists of the Food Awards England 2022 have been revealed and Berkshire has been recognised in more ways than one. The awards look to acknowledge talent throughout the food industry and awards accolades to, restaurants, hotels, cafes and more.
Quite a few eateries in Berkshire have been nominated. These nominations are in categories that include the best Mexican establishment, the best Italian establishment, the best cafe/bistro of the year, and the best hotel restaurant of the year.
In the best hotel restaurant of the year category, seven establishments have been nominated in both the north and the south as well as in the midlands. Out of the seven hotels nominated in the south, two are based in Berkshire.
The hotel restaurants based in Berkshire are the Roseate, which sits in Reading town centre, and the Great House in Sonning, situated in the heart of Sonning village. Both of these hotels are very well known and have won various awards and accolades before.
All of the hotel restaurants nominated in the south:
- The Cricketers (Clavering)
- The Feathers (Woodstock)
- The Roseate Reading (Reading)
- The Great House at Sonning (Reading)
- The Duke Of Marlborough (Woodstock)
- Old Parsonage Hotel (Oxford)
- The Olde Bell (Hurley)
The Roseate is located opposite Forbury Gardens and is a luxury townhouse hotel. It was built in 1911 and was used as the Shire Hall for Berkshire County Council.
The hotel was once described as the ‘UK’s Sexiest Townhouse Hotel’ by the Evening Standard and has won other accolades as well. With a focus on luxury and opulence, the house premium suite costs £257 a night.
The establishment is currently putting on a biscuit-themed afternoon tea inspired by Huntley and Palmers as Reading is celebrating 200 years of ‘Biscuit Town’. The afternoon tea is a part of the reel of festivities being enjoyed this May and June.
The Great House in Sonning
The Great House in Sonning is located adjacent to the River Thames in the beautiful and fairytale-like village of Sonning – sitting just 15 minutes away from Reading town centre. The hotel is a popular wedding destination and caters to those wanting a bit of rustic charm for their big day.
The venue is connected to Coppa Club, which is a restaurant, well known for its outdoor dining pods. There are Coppa Clubs in various other locations across the country including Maidenhead, Henley, and Tower Bridge. The food has a focus on the European, offering fresh pasta, sourdough pizza, and grilled meats.
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