6 places to eat al fresco this summer in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 12:16 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:21 23 August 2019
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Whether it's a celebratory occasion or a picnic trip to the riverside, there are some fantastic places to eat outdoors in Berkshire
Fancy eating outside this summer? With riverside locations and stunning countryside, Berkshire is the place to be. Here's where to eat al fresco.
The Crown at Bray
With a pretty courtyard garden area, Heston Blumenthal's pub has a mouth-watering garden menu. You'll find small plates such as potato salad and fries with large plates ranging from sirloin steak and 'The Crown' burger to lamb chop and chicken souvlaki. Be sure to leave room for dessert, too!
The Barn, Coworth Park, Ascot
Stylish but relaxed, that's how we'd describe lunch at The Barn. The terrace beckons with its lovely views across a stone bridge of the estate grounds, meadows and polo area. The Barn has a multiple menu options. Look out for sharing choices such as whole baked Baron Bigod cheese and sourdough on the a la carte menu. If the weather doesn't quite suit for outdoors dining, the light and airy converted rustic barn is a delight.
The Rowbarge, Woolhampton
West Berkshire's Pub of the Year 2017 chosen by CAMRA is full of nooks and crannies but it has to be freezing outside for us to forgo lunch in the extensive garden beside the Kennet river. You'll find good quality pub grub, from light bites to hearty meals, served lunchtimes and evenings. Be sure to peruse the BBQ menu which includes mouth-watering options such as steak burger, piri piri chicken fillet burger and hand cut chips.
The Oxford Blue, Old Windsor
We tipped this establishment for success back and in its infancy. It's still winning plaudits for the innovative dishes and although the courses aren't cheap you will come away feeling full up and that the visit needs to be repeated. Well now's the time because you can enjoy some very lovely views from the terrace, we'd mention this when you book because we have a feeling it will be very popular throughout the summer.
The Tea Shop by the Canal, Newbury
What a place to watch the world go by… often very slowly. On a summer's day this is undoubtedly one of the best places in Berkshire. It's a family-run business supported by the Canal Trust. They serve cream teas and drinks whilst the lunch menu includes a range of sandwiches and toasties.
The Olde Bell, Hurley
There's a kamado oven and rotisserie in the main gardens and before or after your meal make sure to wander around this magnificent setting (it's greatly encouraged). Some parts of the inn date back to the mid 1150s, and you can feel the history both indoors and out. The Olde Bell has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and ordering some summer treats will soon show why, with a lot of produce coming from their own garden.
- Riverside pubs and restaurants in Berkshire - Make the most of the sunshine and dine al fresco overlooking the river. Here are the best places in Berkshire to have a drink and watch the world float by