20 restaurants in Wokingham
Restaurants in Wokingham:
Montague House, 31 Broad Street, Wokingham, RG40 1AU [Map]
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets.
Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. The conversion of the Newbury library and other listed buildings, such as those in Salisbury, Romsey and Mayfair, are all welcome examples of 'new use'. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends.
The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials.
The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles.
Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce.
Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different. Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce.
Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato.
Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens.
You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Prezzo is a lively group and opportunities to improve and update are never left on the table for long. Keep up to date with a quick click on their Website.
30 Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AP [Map]
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London. Almost inevitably the décor and design of each restaurant differs from the others, but there is a general curtsy towards La France.
Many restaurants do an excellent breakfast, or shall we say petit dejeuner, at which such delights as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, croque Madame, croissants and pain au chocolat make welcome appearances, and to their credit the English traditional gets top billing.
An array of small dishes takes in pulled pork pâté with French bread, and spicy beef and lamb sausage with harissa mayonnaise. Salads and pasta feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include slices of saucisson and cured pork loin with French bread.
Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. No French menu would be complete without the poulet jaune grille, pan-roasted breast of corn-fed chicken served on a warm taboulé of bulgar wheat and a medley of roasted vegetables with minted crème fraîche, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
By now we all know that the French, despite their distinctive habits when it comes to matters of satisfying the inner man, maintain a miraculous longevity of life. This is generally attributed to a number of causes, of which a measured consumption of decent wine is foremost. Café Rouge, you may be pleased to hear, encourages this with a well-chosen selection of French wines. Their prix fixe lunch and meals for children, both at a very reasonable figure, also offer excellent value.
Their Website will keep you updated on menu changes, news and other competitions and offers from the Café Society.
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6 Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XU [Map]
In an area where the competition is not exactly falling over itself, this little haven of carefully preserved standards in cooking comes as something of a relief. There are not exactly a huge number of seats but there are enough people around who care for quality to ensure that they are well supported.
Barkham Road, Barkham, Wokingham, RG41 4TL [Map]
The Bull at Barkham is a wonderful local pub near Wokingham with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a very traditional environment that lends itself nicely for an evening of relaxation over a fine meal. This 18th century building, formerly an inn, is grade 2 listed and is full of character, and the current owners have transformed it into a haven of gastronomic delights without taking away much in terms of its original charm. Their passion for local produce has led to the creation of some delicious dishes that have won them quite a few awards also.
Starters from their modern British menu could feature succulent crayfish tails with marie rose sauce on a bed of crisp salad leaves which makes an impressive prelude, only to be followed impeccably by the homemade fish pie topped with mash potato and served with green beans and carrots. End with a hot Belgian waffle with caramel fudge ice cream and choose something from the list of excellent wines to complement the meal.
English, Modern British, Thai
London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1RD [Map]
If you like wholesome, fresh and reliable seafood caught and reared under carefully controlled conditions, well presented in unfussy surroundings, and you enjoy being well looked after by pleasant staff, Loch Fyne is for you.
There is an increasing awareness of other food staples with an extended choice of meat dishes, but it is the original fare upon which their success was created that prevails. Loch Fyne kippers, a fine bouillabaisse, braden rost, kiln-roasted salmon fillet, and the toothsome oysters on ice, with a selection of accompaniments, all are to be found throughout the various restaurants, as well as Glen Fyne 21 day aged rib-eye steak and Scottish smoked venison. There is invariably a well-travelled wine list available which is sensible, both in content and prices.
Loch Fyne's greatest achievement has been to prove to a sceptical populace that chains or conglomerates can be made to work in the eating-out public's best interests.
Milton Road, Wokingham, RG40 5QG [Map]
Miltons is situated in the grounds of Cantley House Hotel, where, in the informal and relaxed setting of a 17th century barn, enclosing a secluded and attractive courtyard, the restaurant offers a selection to please most palates, both with their food and wine.
Their menu of mainly Modern British food with influences from the continent and occasionally other more distant parts of the world changes regularly, but this is also supplemented by various specials, always including freshly delivered fish. Vegetarians are well looked after with many choices and the menu also includes several healthy options which are clearly marked.
They are particularly proud of their wine list, where, instead of the huge mark-ups common in other less enlightened establishments, they put a maximum £10 on the price of a bottle, thus making it a veritable pleasure to enjoy a better quality wine with your meal.
Lunch represents particularly good value, with a £12.50 for two courses fixed price menu, which could offer such delicious choices as leek and potato soup or chicken and wild mushroom risotto cooked in a white wine and coriander sauce finished with shaved parmesan to start followed by beef fillet strips gently pan fried in a paprika butter finished with cream and brandy served with a braised rice tower or cod fillet lightly grilled with a lemon butter served on a crispy frisée salad with cherry tomatoes.
Their a la carte might contain first courses such as plum tomato and mozzarella tower served warm with an olive and herb salsa finished with a balsamic reduction; chicken liver parfait served with cherry tomato salsa and warm brioche finished with tarragon dressing or pan fried kidneys cooked in a grain mustard sauce finished with a rice tower and shallots.
With main courses like strips of chicken pan-fried with chestnut mushrooms in a chive flavoured butter finished with bean sprouts and a light soya sauce and a rice tower; pork fillet layered with sweet potato set on a white port and cream sauce served with a shallot and leek compote or lamb fillet coated in a light garlic mousse with mint set on an onion and tomato rosti finished with a madeira sauce, as well as delicious pasta, fresh fish and vegetarian dishes.
British, International, Modern British, Modern European
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Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London.
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