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HOME COUNTIES: 5 OF THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN BERKSHIRE

Part II of our Home Counties series, The Resident picks out six of the best places to eat in beautiful Berkshire – including The Fat Duck in Bray – as well as the top walks and towns to visit 

Words: Bethan Andrews & Madeleine Howell

Berkshire, to the west of London, is the home of Windsor Castle and the woodland of Wellington Country Park, not to mention the North Wessex Downs – while Reading has all the modern shops and amenities you would expect. It’s also not far from Henley-on-Thames, so don’t miss the Regatta. The open upland areas of the River Pang are world-famous for horse racing – and it’s all less than an hour from Central London.

1 The Fat Duck, Bray A ticket-only event, The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal is a once in a lifetime experience. Journey time: 59 minutes (from Paddington). Best for: A one-off experience. Average price: £255. See thefatduck.co.uk

‘The scent of the forest’ at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray

2 The Vineyard, Newbury With ladies’ lunches, elaborate afternoon teas, and a cellar with 30,000 bottles, The Vineyard is a well-known destination for foodie pilgrims. Journey time: 58 minutes (to Paddington). Best for: Wine. Average price: £90. See the-vineyard.co.uk

The Vineyard in Newbury also has a luxurious spa

3 L’Ortalan, Shinfield Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant serves up an adventurous modern French menu with a sommelier on hand. Journey time: 1hr 3minutes. Best for: White table clothed elegance. Average price: £260. See lortalan.com

L’Ortalan boasts a Michelin star and is in a beautiful location near Reading

4 The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead This Michelin-starred, stylish 17th century pub has eclectic artwork and a toasty wood burner. Journey time: 84 minutes (to Paddington). Best for: Weekend feasting with the family. Average price: £105. See theroyaloakpaleystreet.com

Gorgeously presented salmon and avocado at The Royal Oak Paley Street

5 Ruchetta, Wokingham Ruchetta is the place for authentic Italian food. There’s antipasto with soft, buttery mozzarella, carpaccio, lobster thermidor, and tiramisú – washed down with Prosecco, of course. Journey time: 54 minutes (to Paddington). Best for: A taste of Italia. Average price: £107. See ruchetta.com

As well as Prosecoo, Ruchetta also boasts an extensive wine list

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