10 Mother's Day gift and food ideas in Berkshire for 2019
PUBLISHED: 16:26 20 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:26 20 March 2019
Whether celebrating on March 31 or choosing an outing for a date of her choice, there are some fantastic food options
A Touch of Class
Whether you fancy a fun but informative session at the cookery school, or simply to dine lunchtime or evening, John Campbell’s Restaurant & Cookery School at The Woodspeen in Lambourn Road, Woodspeen, Newbury is a fine choice.
Steak Night is particularly popular. This evening course, £95, shows how to cook the perfect steak and chips, and then you get to eat it!
The restaurant has a delightful seasonal menu featuring a lot of local produce, and game such as venison, all served by the team led by head chef Peter Eaton.
They pull out all the stops for afternoon tea in The Drawing Room at Coworth Park, Ascot. The tea menu includes teas from around the world, including China’s silver needles yin zhen, one of the rarest and most glamorous teas.
In Rosie's Chocolate Factory at Sheeplands Farm, Wargrave (opposite The Piggot School), you can make your own indulgent chocolate temptations during fun workshops using the very best chocolate. They also produce beautifully hand crafted chocolates in both bars and boxed collections, from exquisite dipped fruits and delicate honeycombs, to magnificent chocolate gift hampers.
The Mother’s Day Lunch at L’Ortolan, Shinfield, near Reading, is one to savour and it will stick in the memories of families enjoying the six courses. With options including ham hock terrine, chalk stream trout and loin of lamb, it’s bound to be a winner at £79 per person.
Head to Reading
For a truly memorable experience head to Whittingtons Tea Barge in George Street, Christchurch Park. It’s a modern canal barge that doubles up as a tea room with a difference for breakfast, lunch and tea. Everything is first class and you can enjoy a very British experience (we recommend the cream teas).
Hungry in Hungerford
We’re going to start by heading slightly out of town, for a good reason. The Tally Ho, just off the M4 at Hungerford Newtown, was saved by the local community and has attracted fans from far and wide for its ambience and food. Sunday lunch here is a delight, but whichever day you eat the menu is very appealing, with dishes and specials mothers will love.
For something very different try Eliane in The Courtyard, High Street. Their brunch menu includes everything from vegan breakfast and porridge to chicken medley and homemade soup.
Enjoy beautiful views at Cliveden on March 31 for a very special lunch (£75 per person). Starters include citrus-cured salmon and wild seabass ceviche with mains ranging from treacle-cured beef to poached fillet of plaice.
With lots of independent stores to tempt you, Wokingham also has a very good helping of cafés and restaurants. The coffee shops have excellent reputations (we like Oslar Coffee in Denmark Street) and restaurants include an excellent international range of choices. Two Italian restaurants come recommended. Rossini in Denmark Street is cosy and traditional. Try to leave room for the excellent sweet trolley. At Ruchetta in Rose Street chef/owner Angelo manages to mix Italian flair with some British touches.
Stroll by the canal, enjoy Parkway, the super shopping complex beside a traditional and historic town centre. You’ll find lots of good spots for light bites and more filling meals. Let’s head out of town once more, this time to double Berkshire Life Food & Drink Awards-winner The Fox at Peasemore, where there’s a splendid menu.
A feast of shopping in Windsor
The town has some fabulous shops, around the Castle, in Peascod Street and St Leonards Road area, and you could spend hours just in Windsor Royal Station. So it’s a good thing all these lovely stores are surrounded by some excellent cafés and restaurants.
We must also mention Limes of Windsor in Market Street, close to the Castle. The cakes are legendary and irresistible with their freshly ground coffee or selection of teas.
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