Berkshire is a verdant home county on the border with London. It’s home to Heston Blumenthal’s renowned Fat Duck, which has certainly set the standards sky-high for other restaurants in Berkshire. Luckily for local diners, they’ve risen to the challenge, and Berkshire restaurants include a fantastic array of gourmet gastropubs and haute cuisine bistros.
As a rural county, Berkshire’s traditional country pubs are some of its defining features. One of the best is The Winterbourne Arms at Newbury, where fresh yet homely décor makes for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Housed in a 300 year-old building, the Winterbourne’s menu is all about comforting pub food. Look out for menu items like lime & soda battered haddock and dark chocolate tartlet served with cappuccino ice cream.
Set in an idyllic rural riverside location, The Leatherne Bottel is a highly-rated feature of Goring-on-Thames. The menu changes weekly to reflect the best of the season, and herbs & salad leaves are picked straight from the restaurant garden. Look out for delicious dishes like roast fillet of Loch Duart salmon, garden pea & lemon tagliatelle and cardamom & rosewater panna cotta with honeycomb, and rhubarb compote. If you are feeling understandably indecisive, an 8-course tasting menu is to the rescue.