Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Berkshire, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

L’Ortolan Restaurant, Shinfield, Reading

When a restaurant has its own official road signage just off the M4, you know it must be a little bit special. It gets even better when you realise this listed 19th-century country house, a former vicarage and private school, is literally seeped in 41 years of culinary history.

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Gilbey’s Restaurant & Townhouse, Eton

Here’s the great thing about restaurants with rooms; once you’ve navigated through the food and wine you’re simply a staircase away from a bed.  And in Gilbey’s case, the bed in question is a very welcome Extra King with deep filled mattress.

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The Vineyard Hotel Judgement of Paris Tasting Menu

Tucked away in a corner of prime Berkshire countryside may be a strange location to remember an incident that literally rocked the wine industry. Yet when you consider The Vineyard Hotel in Stockcross is pretty much all about the fruit of the vine, then it all makes sense.

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The Vineyard Hotel

The Vineyard Hotel’s motto Eat. Sleep. And drink wine leaves you in no doubt as to what is front and centre here. And I fully intended to embrace that sentiment wholeheartedly

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Driving home after a fabulous day with two small children fast asleep in the back of the car with huge smiles after exclaiming, “that was sooo much fun” is always very satisfying. It was just one of the memories we took home after a full day out at LEGOLAND Windsor.

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There are hotels and restaurants which continually fall over themselves to update their rooms and menus – and many others whose loyal clientèle tells them: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Judging by the packed dining room on a rainy midweek afternoon out of season, The French Horn has wisely decided to adopt the latter course.

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