Superb restaurants in Berkshire including one which has had three owners over the last 300 years

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner which means Brits will start looking at things to do, places to go and food to eat for the long four-day weekend. Prepare to book and dress up for a classy, memorable and relaxing experience for the bank holiday.

From local favourites to Michelin star restaurants, Berkshire boasts an abundance of exquisite food and drink experiences. Whether it’s a romantic meal for two, or a large celebration, there’s definitely a restaurant that will cater for all your needs.

Jubilee celebrations will kick off on Thursday, June 4 with many establishments booking up already for the long weekend. You’ll have the chance to endure tasting experiences and locally sourced, seasonal food and drink at a number of these fancy spots.

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From Reading to Newbury to Wokingham, every town in the county boasts stunning views and glorious food and drink for the occasion. BerkshireLive has compiled a selection of the county’s finest restaurants which should be open during the Jubilee weekend – make sure you check their websites first as they could be subject to change.

The French Horn

Address: Sonning, Reading RG4 6TN

Google rating: 4.5 stars

Situated in Sonning, the hotel and restaurant sits next to the Thames ‘where the river is at its most beautiful’. After being there for 200 years, the family-owned English institution welcomes customers with a sight of ducks roasting in front of an open fire.

Offering classical dishes and carefully curated wine, the restaurant serves fancy dishes from A Roll of Cucumber Infused with Chickpea and Lupin with a Crunchy Pink Pepper Corn Salad’ to ‘A Whole Dover Sole Meunière’. The place is pricey but it will make you feel like you are royalty.

Bluebells Restaurant

Address: London Rd, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 0PU

Google rating: 4.8 stars

A ‘polished operation for creative French & European dishes in a stylish space with linen tablecloths’ – offering a relaxed yet formal dining experience. Bluebells offers a lunch, dinner, Sunday, kids menu including a selective wine list.

One happy customer was impressed and said: “Really excellent meal. Food was all absolutely delicious and presented impeccably. Service was very friendly and attentive, without being overwhelming. Ambience and décor of the restaurant was lovely to be surrounded by whilst eating. Best meal out in a while. Looking forward to my next visit.”

The Cliveden Dining Room

The Dining Room at Cliveden House
The Dining Room at Cliveden House
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Address: Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa Taplow Berkshire SL6 0JF

Google rating: 4.3 stars

Set in 376 acres of National trust gardens, The Cliveden Dining Room is in the original Drawing Room of Cliveden House. Delve into the past as you enjoy a classic cuisine in a gorgeous south-facing spacious room that looks out over the 19th century Parterre, River Thames and the National Trust gardens.

The experience is like no other as the business claims ‘its classical elegance and fine works of art gives it an enviable touch of romance and bring Cliveden’s famous history to life.’ Even better yet, the menus are 30 per cent vegan/plant-based throughout the year.

The Woodspeen Restaurant

Address: Lambourn Rd, Woodspeen, Newbury RG20 8BN

Google rating: 4.8 stars

A unique restaurant that also serves as a cookery school, set in a restored 19th century farmhouse serving seasonal dishes. It is nestled in the West Berkshire countryside and offers an award-winning wine list and a Michelin star.

Homegrown ingredients, such as garden-grown veggies, are used to prepare local meats to be served in a modern dining room. Not only are they a cookery school and restaurant, but they also create their own gin using botanicals from the garden.

Windsor Grill

Address: 65 St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BX

Google rating: 4.7 stars

Just a stroll away from Windsor Castle, this independent restaurant is quirky and historic as they only use the ‘best ingredients’. Rumour has it, steak is what they are best at but they also recommend to ‘try Chef Patron David Wilby’s specials, which include Slow cooked Pork Cheeks in Cider and Dijon Mustard, Iberico Black Leg acorn fed pork, Fresh crab from Portland Head in Devon, or Scallops from the west coast of Scotland.’

Ruchetta

Address: 6 Rose St, Wokingham RG40 1XU

Google rating: 4.5 stars

Located in the heart of Wokingham, the compact Italian cuisine serves authentic fine cuisine. Chef and Owner Angela Coloa has roots in Calabria in southern Italy, giving her the ability to create ‘mouth-watering dishes, full of flavour, using only the finest seasonal ingredients.’

Many customers highly commend the restaurant, one said: “Beautiful restaurant, gorgeous food, and excellent service just about sums up our evening in Ruchetta last night. My husband and I have been wanting to go here for such a long time, and we weren’t disappointed when we finally got round to it. Well worth it for any occasion.”

The Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn is only 20 minutes from Heathrow
The Waterside Inn is only 20 minutes from Heathrow
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Address: Ferry Rd, Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2AT

Google rating: 4.8 stars

Only 20 minutes away from Heathrow, this restaurant also serves as a cosy hotel offering 12 gorgeous bedrooms with unique designs. They describe it as ‘A unique riverside haven in a dreamy village setting, offering a luxurious stay, accessible fine dining and seamless hospitality, all presented in an atmosphere of relaxed, unpretentious enjoyment.’

The Waterside Inn boasts Alain Roux’s balanced, classic French cuisine by preparing dishes with a subtle modern twist. Watch the world float by as you embrace the views of the river through the floor to ceiling glass windows.

The Pot Kiln

Address: Chapel Ln, Frilsham, Thatcham RG18 0XX

Google rating: 4.7 stars

Featuring only three owners over 300 years, The Pot Kiln Country Inn boasts impressive views across Yattendon Estate. The menu varies day to day from halloumi fries to venison steak pie.

Many have something nice to say about the place, one person said: “As great as ever. Fascinating, tempting, wholesome, game driven menu with Sunday roast sharing boards. Big portions. Top notch chef – no messing about. Proper sweetie dessert and ice cream. Interesting and lovely but not intimidating or pretentious wine list. Nice big tables.”

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