Reading has no shortage of top quality food and drink on offer, it’s just a matter of knowing where to find it. There’s nothing more disappointing than dolling yourself up to go out for a slap-up meal only to find the food is below par and the atmosphere lacking, which is why it always pays to do your research first. If you’re a foodie planning to take a trip to Reading, here are some of the top spots to hit on the food and wine trail.
Michelin Star Dining
You’d be correct in thinking that there are not many Michelin star restaurants in Reading – in fact, there is only one. This is why L’Ortolan is a must try on any food-lover’s foray into Reading’s food and wine offerings. With stylish dining rooms, including an exclusive champagne room, available for private hire this is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. Having retained its Michelin star for over 16 years, along with a whole host of other accolades over the years, you can rest assured that you’ll have an outstanding culinary experience at this charming country restaurant.
Try a Local Brew
Bingham’s Brewery is a tucked away little gem in nearby Twyford, which offers the chance to try out a real local brew in the setting it was made in. You can take a tour and learn about the history of this brewery along with how the brewing and bottling process works, whilst stocking up on some of the freshest beer in town. Take the chance to sample their award winning vanilla stout for a real taste of what this area has to offer.
A Taste of the World
Reading has a great selection of markets offering both local and world food. The Blue Collar Street Food market takes place each Wednesday, providing anything from Peruvian, Spanish and Greek fayre to the only Georgian street food vendor in the whole of the UK! On Fridays, you can return to Reading’s Market Place to check out another street food extravaganza, Chow. Here you will find an equally impressive range of food and drink from around the world to tantalise your taste buds. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out the Reading Farmer’s Market, which takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Here you will be treated to an impressive range of local produce, from organic eggs, meats and cheeses to locally handcrafted fudge.
A Very British Winery
Located again in the village of Twyford (we’re beginning to see a boozy theme here!), is the charming Stanlake Farm Wine Estate. With plenty of samples to try along the way, you can embark on a fun and enlightening tour of this beautiful winery which is both unpretentious and offers top quality, award-winning English wine and fizz. To top it all off, the setting is gorgeous as you explore the vineyards and walled gardens surrounding the winery.
The Reading area has plenty to offer when it comes to delicious food and drink, so if you love a hearty meal or a top-quality tipple then this could be the perfect location for your next trip!