Most of us have heard of famous restaurants such as The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck in Bray, just a 15-minute drive from Binfield, but there are also plenty of less well-known places to eat and drink where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal in delightful surroundings closer to Reading. Of course, we all have different ideas of what makes a good restaurant, but here are a selection of our recommendations.
The list that follows is a ‘personal’ one and just a small sample of the fantastic range available. We have added restaurants that have been recommended by friends and colleagues or have been highlighted during our research with a few favourites from Trip Advisor. If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear about them.
There’s nothing like meeting friends for a lazy breakfast or brunch – and it’s a great reason to enjoy a glass of wine before midday. It’s often easier to get a table in the morning at some of the more popular restaurants. All the restaurants listed here have equally fabulous lunch and dinner menus – just take a look at the websites for each restaurant’s individual menus.
This restaurant and wine bar, located in Fenwick in Bracknell, is the perfect venue for breakfast or brunch – and breakfast is served until 5 pm!
You can also enjoy authentic tapas, charcuterie and hand-stretched pizzas. There’s something for everyone including a full vegetarian menu and a wheat-free menu for coeliacs. There’s also an excellent selection of wines and cocktails.
Fenwick is also home to Mason + Rye, a coffee shop with fine patisserie and decadent cakes if you're searching for somewhere to host a morning catch up with a friend.
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Chalk’s breakfast menu is full of traditional favourites such as soft-boiled eggs and toast soldiers, porridge, smoked salmon bagels and truffled scrambled eggs – and there’s a great full veggie breakfast.
The lunch, dinner and afternoon tea menus are equally tempting. This is one not to be missed.
This restaurant in the heart of Wokingham was inspired by its local owner’s travels and offers modern American style casual dining, including sharing plates, brunch and a vast list of stunning cocktails.
In the winter months, RYND has 4 outdoor dining chalets with a cosy view of the market place. In summer the chalets make way for the al fresco market terrace. All year round, RYND is the most ideal spot in town to sip on some cocktails, share some food and watch the world go by.
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Watching the world sail by whilst you relax over a meal or a drink is one of the pleasures of summer. Berkshire has plenty of waterside pubs and restaurants which are worth a visit, but one of our favourites is in beautiful Wargrave.
This gastropub also on the banks of the river has been recently refurbished and offers a courtyard and garden. When the sun is shining, you can dine outside on the sun terrace overlooking the Thames and, in the colder months, the interior is comfortable and cosy.
Everyone loves an inn steeped in history and one of the oldest pubs in Berkshire is The Stag & Hounds in Binfield which we have listed under ‘dog friendly’ dates from the 14th century and was visited by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and poet Alexander Pope.
One of Wokingham’s oldest pubs, The Rose serves fresh food inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.
There are daily specials, dishes including steaks and fish cooked in a charcoal-fuelled grill as well as Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Located between Binfield and Warfield, The Stag & Hounds has been at the heart of village life since the 14th century. Dogs are welcome and there are plenty of quiet corners where four-legged customers can settle down after a long walk in the local countryside.
You can choose to eat in the main dining are or to sit in a quiet character corner – and if you arrive early enough, you can snuggle up next to the roaring fire in winter or sit in the garden in the warmer months.
This cosy, dog-friendly pub is well located between Wokingham and Binfield, and benefits from an enticing menu including an excellent Sunday roast.
A family-friendly spot for lunch or dinner, this is a great choice if you're arranging a birthday gathering, and there is a vegan-friendly menu with plenty of delicious options.
The town’s oldest family-run Indian restaurant has recently had a £100,000 facelift following an 18-month closure and, on re-opening, brought in one of London’s award-winning chefs.
The restaurant is set on two floors of a Tudor building and also offers an excellent takeaway service.
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This restaurant is well known in the area for providing great Indian food in a smart modern environment.
You can pop in for a takeaway or spend a relaxing evening enjoying the cuisine. Of course, it’s vegetarian friendly and there’s a great choice of starters, curries, chef’s specialities, tandoori dishes, vegetable side dishes and also a children’s menu for when the family are visiting.
If you are gluten-free, choosing a restaurant can be a nightmare. You can spend hours looking at menus before booking, however the following Berkshire restaurants all offer gluten free options.
This is a popular, contemporary Japanese-inspired chain restaurant that brings the fresh and delicious flavours of Asia to the UK.
Expect a base of rice or noodles, accompanied by your choice of vegetables, sauces, soups and more. And they even have their own non-gluten menu, available upon request.
The Bracknell branch is located in the Lexicon centre.
Another favourite chain restaurant, this venue offers fresh Latin American flavours, cocktails and what is described as a ‘Rio vibe.’
There’s a bottomless brunch menu with unlimited cocktails, prosecco and draught beer and a whole range of vegetarian, vegan and plant-based dishes as well as gluten free options.
This is just one of the many Prezzos across the southern counties – but you can always be sure to find gluten-free options as well as stone-baked pizzas and classic pastas and a children’s menu.
This branch is located in the Lexicon centre.
The chain restaurant Côte takes pride in its fresh, seasonal and crafted food.
Côte’s meat comes from responsible sources in Britain and abroad and the restaurant has its own butchery and the company works with farmers and producers to ensure the best ingredients.
One of the most popular chain restaurants in Berkshire is the highly-rated Giggling Squid, with branches in Wokingham, Windsor and a new Bracknell branch opening some time in 2023.
This is a great restaurant which also offers gluten free options but it deserves a category of its own.
The setting of this Thai restaurant is delightful with flowers hanging from the ceiling and around indoor pergolas and the authentic menu certainly whets the appetite.
Each dish, from the famous Salt & Pepper Squid to Sticky Chicken showcases the best Thai ingredients.
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