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7 of the best posh takeaways

It's a gastronomic groundhog day. But this time we know how to play the game. Support Berkshire's finest gastropubs and restaurants by ordering in some chefy posh nosh.

No need to slave over a hot stove and suffer the same old dishes week in week out, support Berkshire’s finest gastropubs and restaurants who are offering takeaway in order to keep the lights on long after Covid. The royal county is home to a constellation of Michelin stars, gastropub gongs, and great chefs – and many of them are offering at-home menus. Order in, people. The hospitality industry needs you.

Caldesi in Campagna, Bray

Arancini balls in a delicate white dish served as an amuse bouche at Caldesi in Campagna

Bray is home to gastronomic brilliance and Caldesi in Campagna in no exception. This Italian stallion is one of Berkshire’s hidden gems. So say bye-bye leafy Berkshire and ciao to the Tuscan hills. Caldesi is offering its entire menu for takeaway, so you can have the full relaxed fine dining experience from the comfort of your home. There are lots of familiar Italian classics, taken to a new level, each mouthful delivering a sizzling kiss. You can peruse the menu here. Then pick up the blower and place that order (01628 788500 or 788502), slip into your roomy pants and settle in for a culinary treat of epic proportions. Giancarlo’s Tiramisu is a must, just saying.

L’Ortolan At Home, Reading

L'Ortolan Reading roast Chicken

Ooh, la la! It’s French. It’s fancy. It’s fine dining takeaway heaven. L’Ortolan, Reading’s one Michelin Star restaurant, has a seemingly endless foodie offering. Thursday to Saturday you can choose from L’Ortolan Hampers consisting of pre-prepared dishes (three and six courses available) for you to assemble at home; Meal Of The Day is a delicious three courses that can be delivered or collected (no washing up guaranteed) or set yourself up for a posh Sunday Roast. Just order a min 24hrs in advance, arrange collection and nom nom nom. The set menu is £50pp.

The Hind’s Head At Home, Bray

Hinds Head at Home

The Hind’s Head At Home is back. Choose between the weekend three-course thriller or its infamous Sunday Roast (From £35pp). I was lucky enough to try Heston’s gastropub takeaway during the last lockdown (you can read the review here) and made me realise how much I’d missed eating out. The menu changes weekly and you can expect to see Hind’s Head classics with minimal effort your end. Most of the dishes are ready to serve, one or two need a bit of cooking or a sprinkling of something on top. The menu comes with instructions and you can order extra sides, pre-made Royal Lounge cocktails, beer and wine from the Fat Duck cellar. Faaaaancy.

Hurley House Hotel, Hurley

Hurley House Sushi

In the mood for something a bit more exotic? Hurley House Hotel has a superb sushi menu and a very efficient collection system no the go. You can order on the day or in advance, pick a collection time and then simply swing into the HH car park where there’s a dedicated counter for contactless, fast pickup. It’s basically a sushi drive-thru. The menu has sashimi, uramaki, hosomaki and more. Add sake and you’ll be wafting about in you kimono until midnight. Oh, and if you’re turning Japanese, they’re also offering the most amazing pizzas.

The Beehive At Home, White Waltham

Chef Dominic Chapman is offering gastropub classics to go from his pretty pub The Beehive in White Waltham – either cooked to order or ready-made for you to heat up at home. The cooked to order menu is a gastropub greatest hits that includes the Beehive burger, fish and chips and Sunday Roast while the ready meals offer Cottage Pie and chicken curry and braised ox cheeks with mash and veg. Order and collect Thursday to Sunday.

The Blackbird, Bagnor

The Blackbird street food crispy beef and garlic rice
The Blackbird’s delicious crispy beef and garlic fried rice

Chef Dominic Robinson is back with is takeaway offering. This menu is not a tweak of his Michelin Star gastropub menu, but an amped-up, quality takeaway near Newbury. The Blackbird‘s menu is limited to three or four crowd-pleasing dishes per course. What can you expect? The menu changes regularly, but there’s sticky chicken wings, posh soup, fish and chips, curry and puds. It’s available for collection from Thursday to Saturday and a traditional roast can be ordered for collection on Sundays. Simply phone your order in and arrange your collection. Yum.

Henry & Joe’s At Home, Newbury

Henry and joe's NEWBURY

What started as a pop up is now a Michelin-rated restaurant that has won the hearts and bellies of foodies near and far. Henry & Joe’s is not currently offering a takeaway menu right now, but they are offering to cook your Christmas dinner. After a pretty a turbulent 2020, why not let us the pros do the cooking. The team at Henry & Joe’s have put together a three-course Christmas feast that only demands a few finishing touches. From festive canapés to marmite glazed Brussel sprouts this is a stress-free Christmas supper, boxed up, prepped and ready to roast. Order now for collection on the 22 Dec.

4 comments on “7 of the best posh takeaways”

  • Samantha Ward November 7, 2020

    Sneaked into Henry & Joe’s last week for my birthday treat. Even more awesome than I remembered. Tasting menu and a la carte. Still full – restaurant and us!!! Trying to squeeze in before Xmas if we’re lucky.

    Tried the take outs and the ‘cook at home’ with H&J’s first lockdown. Will be keen to see how we can support during lockdown 2

    • rachel November 8, 2020

      Super-talented. Love the idea of a Christmas prepared by them.

  • Julie Stephens June 28, 2020

    Caldesi in Bray has been doing some amazing take away food… they reopen next week, but the take away is still running, Giancarlo and his team have done a fantastic job, in keeping us fed beautifully during this tough time. Have just enjoyed a wonderful roast beef Sunday lunch with sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Totally satisfying.

    • rachel June 29, 2020

      Yikes! You’re right. I’ve mentioned their takeaway in other features. A scandalous omission that I will correct. Love Giancarlo’s food.


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