7 of the best posh takeaways
Gagging to sink your teeth into some chefy posh nosh? Don't wait until lockdown lift off, your training starts now with Berkshire's fanciest takeaways.
Sick of your own cooking? Longing for a chefy three-courser cooked in butter and showered in black truffles? I hear you. Berkshire’s home to a constellation of Michelin stars, gastropub gongs, and great chefs , and many of them are offering at-home menus. Get in training for the big 4 Jul Independence Day and order in.
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 To Go – a menu of cold deli dishes (available 12pm-5pm) and includes tapas, nibbles, sharing plates and puds; Perfect when it’s this hot. A five-course tasting menu (5pm-8pm); Sunday roast and they’ve just added a Thursday night BBQ menu. Just order a min 24hrs in advance, arrange collection and nom nom nom. Set menu is £50pp.
Never heard of Mirepoix Dine At Home? It’s brand new and the brainchild of chef Dominic Auger (sous chef at hip London restaurant, Scully St James’s). The concept is as cool as his day job. Dominic’s new culinary venture is take out with the theatre of a restaurant and the buzz of a ‘here’s what I made earlier’ cookery lesson. A new menu is created each week, simply order (£28pp) and a box is delivered to you with all the elements for your three course thriller. Lose the blank expression, you’re given step by step instructions from Dominic via a YouTube video and ta dah, now tuck in take a bow for you gastro genius. Sorry Dominic. If you’re in the Ascot/ Sunningdale area, you have until 3pm on Friday to order for a Saturday delivery.
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.
Heston’s Michelin star gastropub The Hind’s Head is offering not one but two tasting menus (£45pp), plus a BBQ box (£70 for two) for those who want something more appetising than a cremated sausage. I was lucky enough to try the tasting menu recently (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.
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, a burrito, fish and chips and prawn cocktail while the ready meals offer Thai green curry and blade of beed with mash and veg. Order and collect Thursday to Sunday.
This is a brand spanking new side hustle for Oxford Blue’s talented chef-patron Steven Ellis. The Oxford Blue At Home is a hamper of luxury local food and drink for you to cook with a few prepared sides and pro tips from Chef. A BBQ box is currently available to order (£65 or two) and includes steak, sausages, king prawn skewers, burgers with house slaw, sauces and pickles. Great for informal diners who want to pimp up their barbie dishes and get a bit of insider know-how.
When pubs and restaurants closed their doors, Chef Dominic Robinson very quickly found a way of offering quality takeaway food from his one Michelin star pub 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 a burger with cajun spiced wedges, crispy beef and garlic fried rice, pasta and much more. It’s available for collection from Thursday to Saturday and a traditional roast can be ordered for collection on Sundays. Yum.