There is plenty of choice for foodies around the area.
Berkshire’s finest chefs and restaurant owners have been rewarded for their hours of work with Michelin stars.
The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020 is now out, and features a number of restaurants in the county.
There are no new entries, but the existing restaurants have kept their stars.
The foodie hotspot of the village of Bray near Maidenhead remains one of the top places to go for a spectacular meal.
The guide contains 187 restaurants and includes a new three star restaurant, Sketch in Mayfair, four new two star restaurants and and 23 new one star restaurants.
Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin guides, said: “Despite the obvious challenges being faced by the industry here in the UK, we are thrilled that this has been such a stellar year, and we have seen many first ventures opening and rapidly rising to success.
“With three Michelin Stars, Sketch joins four other restaurants at this prestigious level. This Pierre Gagnaire restaurant won its first star in 2005 and its second in 2013.
“Our inspectors judge the cooking here to be wonderfully complex and highly original, with each element of the meal excelling in terms of structure, composition and, above all, flavour.”
Berkshire’s Michelin star restaurants
Three stars: The Fat Duck, Bray
Two-fifths of the UK’s three star Michelin restaurants are in the tiny, Thames-side, affluent village of Bray.
The most famous is Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
Visitors can eat extraordinary dishes like snail porridge, salmon poached in liquorice gel and “sound of the sea.”
The Waterside Inn, Bray
The Waterside Inn has had three Michelin stars for longer than anywhere else in the country.
It is run by Alain Roux, who is part of the legendary Roux food dynasty.
The family has been running the former pub since 1972 and Alain took over from his father Michel in 2002.
Alain Roux is also a master Pâtissier, so guests can expect some amazing, if pricey, desserts.
People looking to push the boat out can try Le Menu Exceptionnel , at a mere £172 per person.
One star: L’Ortolan, Reading
The only Michelin-starred restaurant in Reading is actually in Wokingham, well, Shinfield , which is in between the two.
A star holder for many years, head chef Tom Clarke offers “exceptional modern French cuisine”.
Coworth Park, Ascot
The spectacular hotel in the exclusive surroundings of the Ascot area is another to have retained its star.
Executive chef Adam Smith is in charge of a range of menus including the Best of British lunch and dinner menus and a spectacular Sunday lunch feast.
The Blackbird, Newbury
“Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bagnor?” is what people who visit The Blackbird may well sing.
The family-owned restaurant in the quiet West Berkshire parish of Bagnor, has a classically French menu which is based around local produce.
It has had its star since 2010.
The Woodspeen, Newbury
This is a restaurant and a cookery school where you can eat delicious food and learn how to cook it.
It opened in 2013 after head chef John Campbell stumbled across a run-down country pub.
It also surrounded by some fantastic views of the West Berkshire countryside.
The Crown, Burchetts Green
The Crown is in Burchetts Green on the outskirts of Maidenhead.
This is another place that offers top class French cooking.
Tuck into Black Rock roast cod, watercress and horseradish or slow cooked veal cheek with “rather nice” veal sauce.
The Hinds Head, Bray
Back to Bray for the final entry.
This is also owned by Heston Blumenthal and is housed a building dating back to the 14th century.
While not hitting the three star heights of Bray’s other offerings, it still offers a range of top class meals created with Blumenthal’s extraordinary talents.
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