Review: Fork, The Royal Berkshire Hotel

PUBLISHED: 16:15 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 22 November 2013

A Nicoise salad will win approval from fans

A Nicoise salad will win approval from fans

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You’ll be back for more!

Tangs and textures to delight in, all in a sparkling atmosphere and stylish, contemporary dining room - that’s what we found at Fork, the new restaurant at The Royal Berkshire Hotel, Sunninghill.

On arrival the eye is drawn to both what other diners have chosen and the huge 3D fork above the fireplace. Impressive oak floors and furniture sit against a backdrop of yellow, black and grey, and a window spot affords views of the beautiful gardens of this 18th century mansion built for the Churchill family.

Head chef Jamie Brown and his Exclusive Hotels team have come up with a menu that manages to be not overly extensive but still creates the sort of dilemma diners love. The choices delivered by smiling, expert staff quickly ensure you will be returning to try others.

Starters include a Nicoise salad (pictured top) which will pass the test of any aficianado, or an English mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes which arrives with pick-your-own basil. There’s even a starter featuring barbecued steak and Applewood cheese.

From the mains we chose a magificent Royal Bream with a tarragon and crab risotto and shellfish cream. As delightful as other choices such as grilled poussin, or lightly salted cod with couscous paella, chorizo Bolognese and char grilled prawn might be, this could bring you back on its own. Steak lovers are well catered for with everything from a 4oz minute steak up to rump, flat iron or rib eye with perhaps the addition of Jenga-style (stacked) chips.

Finish, as we did, with a banoffee concoction of potted banana with banana ice cream and toffee sauce, or a delicious, oozing almond slice with marinated raspberries and amaretto ice cream. A fun ‘fairground plate’ offers mini toffee apples, doughnuts, ice cream cone, marshmallows, candyfloss, popcorn and dipping sauce.

Cheese fans will be impressed with a spread including Berkshire’s Spenwood and Barkham Blue and Hampshire Tunworth.

Around £30 to £40 per person for three courses, excluding drinks See www.ehvenues.com, tel 01344 623322 for booking.

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