The Business of Dining Out
One of the many benefits of staying in a serviced apartment is that you have access to a full kitchen; meaning that you can stock up the cupboards and the fridge with your favourite foods to be able to prepare your own meals, just like being at home. However, if cooking isn’t your thing or if you need a perfect restaurant for a lunch with clients or want to take your team out for a relaxing post-work meal, then knowing where the best places are to eat to is essential.
Reading has a plethora of great places restaurants; from the familiar to more aspirational, destination restaurants that are certain to impress any guest. For a flavour of Italy, there is Zizzi’s and Carluccio’s; for burgers then head to Bill’s; for steaks check out Miller and Carter Steakhouse in the centrally located Oracle retail and entertainment hub.
Indeed, The Oracle is a great place to head to if you’re not sure of what you fancy to eat after a hard day at the office. Here you can find just about every type of cuisine and you can even take in a film at the multi-screen Vue cinema.
However, you want to really tantalise your taste buds, then here’s a few suggestions.
Cerise Restaurant at The Roseate Hotel (also known as The Forbury Hotel)
Built in 1811 as the Shire Building for the county of Berkshire, the hotel has recently been described by the Evening Standard as ‘the UK’s sexiest townhouse hotel’. In keeping with this status and the attention to design-led décor and detail that the hotel prides itself on, the glamorous Cerise Restaurant serves up a menu of the freshest, seasonal ingredients and the best British produce.
Known to regulars and locals simply as LSB, London Street Brasserie is the second award winning restaurant opened by chef Paul Clerehugh. A former tollhouse by the River Kennet, LSB serves a brasserie-style menu using the best seasonal and local produce.
And if you have a car or don’t mind taking a taxi, then you won’t be disappointed by these two renowned restaurants located within easy reach of the town centre.
L’Ortolan is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Reading. Located in the nearby village of Shinfield, the restaurant has a rich culinary history having been home to no less than five Michelin-starred chefs since it first opened in in 1978. Current Head Chef, Tom Clark’s menu is modern French executed with innovative flair. The exquisite wine list complements the stunning food. Whilst the elegant surroundings make the restaurant feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Set in romantic, English gardens on the banks of the River Thames, The French Horn in Sonning has been a destination for food-lovers since it was opened by the Emmanuel family in 1972. It is the very epitome of relaxed charm. The glass-fronted restaurant makes the most of the views across the stunning gardens. But it is the passion for using only the freshest ingredients and superb French cooking that really are the stand-out reasons to take a trip out of town.