Restaurant review - Fork, Royal Berkshire Hotel, Sunninghill
PUBLISHED: 11:36 07 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:34 07 November 2017
Good friends can agree to disagree, but fortunately at Fork you’ll find something for everyone on the menu, Maureen McLean decides
Enter this contemporary, bright and airy restaurant and the welcoming grey and yellow leather seats definitely have a modern London feel about them. But a glance out of the windows soon reminds you that this is Berkshire at its most beautiful, with mature trees dotted around immaculate spacious lawns and a very pretty water feature. Anyone thinking of getting married should definitely check out the hotel!
The Royal Berkshire has a mix of business as well as pleasure guests, including nearby residents who have found a favourite on the Fork menu. Visitors to Ascot Racecourse and Legoland often stay, and the Fork choices include a yummy selection of burgers (always a hit with the kids, as well as a great veggie burger created by Sous Chef Nicky Cottis).
In keeping with its clean lines, the Fork menu is not overly extensive but it’s very obvious thought has gone into ensuring a range of traditional favourites sit alongside several dishes offering something a bit different.
Dining with friend Caroline, it became clear that neither of us could resist the tuna and duck to start. The tuna was lightly seared and pink served cold with salad and two delicate small eggs. The confit duck was shredded and served warm in crispy croquettes served with spring onion, soy and ginger salad as well as sweet chilli dip.
A worry that we might go through the menu picking the same options disappeared when Caroline went for a rump steak served with thick onion rings, red wine sauce and jenga (chunky) chips. I chose a very different dish, the lightly salted cod served with rice paella, chorizo bolognaise and chargrilled prawn. The cod was flaky and moist, and the accompaniments made it really filling.
Even so, we couldn’t resist the pudding choices and eventually gave in to the banoffee, which came with lashings of cream, toffee sauce and vanilla cream. The Eton mess had a bit of a twist as it contained fizzed strawberries, vanilla foam and crunchy meringue.
Our picks and recommendations from this visit? Well, even friends don’t agree on everything, but I’m still thinking about that banoffee, while Caroline gave top marks to the duck starter.
If you are looking for a place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, Fork is just the place. It is great place for locals too who fancy some delicious food after a hard day at the office.
Fork is open for dinner Lunch 6pm - 9.30pm daily, and for Sunday lunch from 12.30pm - 4pm. See www.ehvenues.com/royalberkshire/food/fork-restaurant, call 01344 623322 for reservations.
Fork star points
• The cheese menu includes Spenwood and Barkham Blue from Berkshire
• A very special veggie burger featuring polenta, butternut squash, celeriac and haloumi
• Those jenga chips luring you from the salad sides!
• A very nice wine menu which recommends which dish each glass most complements