14 restaurants in Bracknell
Restaurants in Bracknell:
Downshire Way, Bracknell, RG12 7AA [Map]
The Beefeater Grill range of restaurants, owned by the well established firm of Whitbread has transformed over time into what is now predominantly a cooking platform for chargrill. The restaurants are warm, modern and stylish, with low lighting and contemporary artwork. A comfortable, cosy, mainly booth layout offers guests their own space with no feeling of being hurried at any point. Staff are friendly and helpful if need be - what a difference that can make to a good evening out.
Be it the wide open spaces of Argentina, the intimate setting of a French restaurant, or a busy grill in London's West End, there's no denying the popularity of chargrill. As the production of quality beef, chicken, fish and lamb has grown, prices have come down by comparison, and the simple and traditional art of minimally cooking dishes by chargrill, sealing in the flavours and tastes by intense heat has caught the public imagination.
All the steaks at Beefeater Grill are matured for a minimum of 28 days before being seasoned. Whether it be juicy rib eye, the classic sirloin, that emblem of the Sunday lunch, a tender fillet, or a delicious 7oz rump, all grilled to your own specification, you're never far away from perfection. Even beefburgers have shaken off their dubious image and the highly popular Beefeater burgers are made from 100% beef.
The popular sirloin with giant prawns offers a treat to those for whom an alliance between sea and pasture is a natural attraction, whilst a 16oz steak platter links rump, fillet, sirloin and rib eye into one mouth-watering dish served with chips, battered onion rings, grilled tomato, a flat mushroom and peppercorn and brandy sauce.
Many of us love rib meat, and the rack of ribs at a Beefeater Grill has a meaty rack smoky flavour; maple ribs of pork with a choice of three sauces, mojito, smoked caramel and apple glaze, or Bourbon and black BBQ. And if all else fails and you are totally baffled by the wealth of choices, ask to have a word with the Steakmaster who will help find what is right for you, together with the best cooking method. These guys leave nothing to chance.
On a menu that is a delight to read, let alone choose a meal from, expect to find smaller dishes such as traditional prawn cocktail, whitebait, chicken liver pâté and baked Camembert, or juicy lamb koftas served with yoghurt and mint dip. There's something about a good steak meal that always leaves a gap for a little temptation to sweeten up the scene and from amongst twelve options look for Belgian chocolate cheesecake, treacle sponge pudding or a caramel apple crumble pie.
Throughout the day a wide range of more general dishes are yours for the ordering, sandwiches, jackets, classic favourites like fish and chips, pasta, salads, and sharing dishes of nachos, potato shells and a Beefeater Grill combo. Next door to many of the restaurants are Premier Inns, so staying the night whatever the circumstances need not be a problem.
And what about wine? Endorsed by Matthew Jukes, wine writer in the Daily Mail and bon viveur in his own right, a wine list that marches with the menu completes an impressive and compelling invitation to enjoy whatever takes your fancy at the nearest Beefeater Grill.
Click on their Website for menu updates and special offers.
Arlington Square, Wokingham Road, Bracknell, RG42 1NA [Map]
Brewer's Fayre restaurants offer a warm welcome to those who want a reliably tasty meal in pleasant surroundings, with plenty of choice, minimal fuss and friendly service. With a reputation going back 25 years they should have a fair chance of doing that, but don't take our word for it. Give them a try and see if you agree that this is how good quality pub food should be served.
Whether it's snacks, grills, pub classics, fish, Sunday roasts or side dishes they think their way through the options, talk to their guests, and then come up with the goods. Not everybody wants a full meal so they've considered the needs of those who want to keep the gap filled and the children contented, perhaps on a journey or a day out.
Hot filled baguettes are always popular be it sausage and red onion or a classic chicken club sandwich. Jacket potatoes are good on their own but filled with mature cheddar cheese and beans they take on a new dimension.
More paced occasions demand a wide menu, perhaps with starters of breaded butterfly prawns, chicken goujons or breaded camembert bites. Grills are there for the hungry and whole rack of meaty BBQ pork ribs served with extra sauce, chips and coleslaw can be very welcome. The days of the mixed grill are back - or did they ever go away - a 4oz rump steak, two pork sausages, and a gammon steak topped with a fried egg served with all the trimmings will remind you if they did.
Salmon and prawn fishcakes are served with buttered new potatoes, tartare sauce and a lightly dressed salad. A combination of sea and land comes with a rump steak, whole grilled chicken breast and breaded breaded butterfly prawns, served with chips and a side salad or garden peas.
The rise of eating out in pubs has brought into our daily lives a whole legion of what might be termed 'pub classics'. Many of them have their roots in what used to be called 'good home cooking' and include such dishes as sausage, egg and chips, beef and ale pie, chicken and mushroom pie and for the very daring a beef lasagne. Well, all of them and many more are on the menu at Brewer's Fayre, supplemented by such new regulars as vegetable Goan chicken curry, pork chop, chilli con carne and grilled chicken and bacon salad.
It has often been said that chicken tikka masala is now the most popular dish in Britain. Some may not really want to believe that, much as they love curry, but travel, population movement and other factors have widened our scope and they are probably pretty keen on fish and chips in Timbuktu.
What is certain is that the great British Sunday roast is exclusive to these islands, though copied maybe elsewhere or in ex-pat outposts. No surprise therefore that it's on the Brewer's Fayre menu. A trade of three roasts with an opportunity to trade up to a mega roast for a modest sum. With it come two Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and that important element - gravy.
A fine list of immensely tempting desserts may well bring the most ardent weight-watcher to their knees. A short but well thought out wine list offers all choices, except champagne, by the glass. Staying the night - check to see if there's a Premier Inn next door - chances are you'll be lucky.
A quick click on their Website is always worth while. The only thing that stays still permanently is the quality which is helped by a changing menu, and some very special offers.
The Coppid Beech Hotel, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF [Map]
Barely thirty minutes from and thirty miles west of Heathrow Airport is the Coppid Beech Hotel, one of Berkshire's finest four star properties. Clean and modish, it is well known among business travellers with all possible mod cons and facilities expected from a hotel of this repute. Rowans is the main restaurant at Coppid and reflects similar elegance in décor with stylish seating and brilliantly used glass and mirrors titivating the interior.
Appetizers such as crayfish mimosa, salmon pâté with red chard, pickles and smooth chicken liver and foie gras parfait help fuel the appetite for heavy mains that include venison on folded rocket pasta cooked in peppercorn and Pimms sauces and Oriental duck or prawn stir-fried with trevisano.
Desserts follow the same gastronomic line and marquis of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with frangelico cream guides the way, whilst a warm bread and butter pudding topped with Baileys custard is not far behind.
Woodside Road, Windsor Forest, Winkfield, nr Bracknell, SL4 2DP [Map]
Situated just off the Windsor Road and half a mile from the Ascot Racecourse in the hamlet of Woodside, The Rose and Crown is a 200 year old traditional low beamed English pub. Peter, Kathryn and Dave Hancock warmly welcome customers to the refuge and ensure everyone has a good time.
The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and the service warm and attentive. Families love the garden, especially in the summer when al fresco dining becomes popular all over Britain.
The AA Rosette restaurant offers dishes created from the freshest of ingredients; you could stop by at lunchtime or in the evening for drink or a satisfying meal. Starters include deep-fried Roquefort and goats' cheese with orange compote and Thai tiger prawns while mains take in canon of lamb served with minted mashed potatoes and honey roast vegetables, and spring onion, ginger and black bean steamed halibut.
There are beers and guest ales as well as numerous wines and champagne.
London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1ST [Map]
The Hilton St. Anne's Manor reiterates the luxury and comfort that are the foremost qualities of this renowned branch of hotels, and the location in Bracknell with 25 acres of marvellously maintained grounds makes it a wonderful holiday accommodation. An indoor swimming pool, aromatherapy treatment and a wonderful play area for children complete the picture of bliss. Of course, their restaurant is an added attraction, as it serves delicious food for lunch and dinner.
The pretty views of the garden make the Omnia restaurant a delightful spot for dining with family. Always bright and cheerful, the décor is comfortably modern with the odd classical elements to add interest. Traditional British cuisine makes its presence felt with dishes such as trio of lamb, aged fillet steak and fillet of sea bass. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with intimate booths and understated lighting.
Waterloo Hotel, Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, Bracknell, RG45 6DW [Map]
Set in the charming village of Crowthorne on the outskirts of Bracknell, Grove Brasserie at the Waterloo Hotel offers visitors a selection of contemporary cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. The hotel is an elegant red-bricked Grade II listed Victorian building that combines period charm with modern facilities. Relax within a warm and friendly atmosphere with attentive service.
The kitchen team headed by chef Jyoti Parkesh cooks up an impressive selection including starters of homemade fish cakes, smoked chicken and roasted pepper tian and homemade chicken liver pate with red onion marmalade. This could be followed by confit of pork belly, seared rump of lamb, roast beef and horseradish sandwich, homemade burger with rustic breads and gammon, egg and chips. On Sundays, families are welcome to drop in for delightful fare of roast with all the trimmings. Curry night every Tuesday dishes up an authentic Indian buffet. A glass of white or red wine accompanies the meal to good effect.
Maidens Green, Bracknell, RG42 6LD [Map]
English, International, Modern British
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