Eat out to help out! Where to get a discount in Berks
Sick of cooking? Good news - from 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are the pubs and restaurants to make your reservation at.
Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!
Here’s where Team Muddy will be eating…
Astor Grill, Cliveden House Hotel
Crack the whip and giddy up to Cliveden. Take a stroll through the gardens and woodland, before slipping into your jodhpurs and feeling the Jilly Cooper vibes at the Astor Grill – set in Lord Astor’s old stable block. It’s classic American and British dishes are definitely crowd-pleasing. The grilled lobster and fries is a belter.
Cliveden Dining Room, Cliveden House Hotel
Possibly the sexiest restaurant in Berkshire and it comes with a particularly seductive view. This is special occasion dining on steroids – chandeliers to swing from, soft velvet chairs, crisp white table cloths and baggy silk curtains. Aside from Cliveden’s scandalous past and iconic parties, this place is lush, luxurious and we love it.
Coworth Park, Sunningdale
One of Prince Harry’s favourite spots, Coworth Park is elegant and romantic with a reputation for seriously top nosh. The Michelin starred Restaurant Coworth Park doesn’t reopen until Sept, but The Barn – a laidback eaterie and afternoon teas in The Drawing Room are participating in the Eat Out To Help Oout scheme.
Mrs B’s Kitchen, Newbury
Been lurking around Newbury’s industrial estates recently? Oh but you should, because among the car dealerships and garages, you’ll find a cool café. Mrs B’s Kitchen Cafe – the brainchild of Emma Benson, offers simple good home-cooked food, great coffee and quirky location.
Gail’s Bakery, Wokingham and Windsor
Carb lovers rejoice. Chichi London export Gail’s Bakery is in the Eat Out To Help Out gang. Pop over to Peach Place in Wokingham or in the shadow of Windsor Castle on Peascod St in Windsor. You’ll find me here mainlining coffee and stuffing cinnamon rolls the size of a newborn’s head into my mouth.
The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis
The Wellington Arms in Stratfield Turgis is a grand old duke of a pub, dating back to the 18th Century, and it just so happens to have a rather grand duke living next door. It’s an elegant inn that nuzzles the Berkshire-Hampshire border, just 10 miles from Reading and seven miles from Basingstoke. Plenty of space inside and out, stylish decor and a menu of pub classics that’ll keep even the fussiest eaters happy.
Caldesi in Campagna, Bray
It’s a no brainer Caldesi in Campagna is top of out date night faves. My foodie Italian friend says is the best Italian food she has tasted outside of the motherland. So save yourself the airfare and whisk someone you love to Bray.
The Dolphin, Newbury
Shoreditch House meets Miami Beach in Newbury town centre, The Dolphin in Newbury may sound like your typical boozer but, believe us, it isn’t. The show-stopping orange velvet sofa, the walls peppered with kitsch knick knacks and art (try saying that after a few bevvies) and funky beach huts in the garden. What’s cooking? Pub classics done well washed down with craft beers and cocktails.
Ooh la la. L’Ortolan is one French fancy that’ll seduce you into a food coma. Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant and you’ll leave with a twinkle in your eye – especially if you opt for the wine flight. In fact, make sure you do.
Bel & The Dragon, Windsor, Reading and Cookham
A small chain of boutique pubs that does family food like a ninja. There are three Bel and the Dragons in Berkshire, so take your pick. The urban former biscuit factory in Reading, Cookham’s village pub and garden or Windsor’s period pub on the footbridge between Windsor and Eton. The food is really good. Nothing overtly fancy but seasonal, quality ingredients and there’s something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds.
The Beehive, White Waltham
We’re a sucker for a pretty village pub and The Beehive nr Maidenhead, run by Chef Dominic Chapman has the sort of spot that inspires writers. Although the setting is pretty spesh, the big draw is the food. The Beehive is one of the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK, sourcing ingredients from the UK’s larder.
Thames Lido, Reading
Reading’s hidden gem – the Thames Lido, with its restaurant nestled between the outdoor pool and the river. Fancy a bite to eat? Enjoy unpretentious dining with a strong Spanish and Mediterranean feel. Watch the swimmers pootle up and down or take a dip yourself. Head here on a Tuesday and you can even BYO wine. Sign me up, baby.
The Dog & Duck, Emmbrook
The Dog & Duck in Emmbrook is on the outskirts of Wokingham, near Dinton Pastures Country Park. The pub has had a fairly recent top-to-toe makeover and they take their food seriously, offering seasonal dishes with plenty of options for veggies, vegans and food intolerances.
The Woodspeen, Newbury
The Woodspeen quietly goes about its Michelin starred business without fuss or fan fare. Chef John Campbell (ex Vineyard exec chef) has transformed an old country pub just outside Newbury into an elegant, Scandi style restaurant, serving modern classics that put flavour on a pedestal. The micro-seasonal market menu is inspired by whats growing in their kitchen garden and is available at lunchtimes and evenings too.
The Old Boot, Standford Dingley
The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley is one of those traditional country pubs that ticks all the boxes: roaring fires, a brilliant large garden with lush country views. Unleash the children, grab a large glass of red and relaaaax. Plenty of choice here with fully loaded plates of goof pub grub to devour. There are some lovely circular woodland walks nearby so you can justify a massive blowout. Tuck in.
The Last Crumb, Caversham
A new hipster hangout, The Last Crumb in Caversham (previously the Prince if Wales) has got all the cool vibes of a Shoreditch boozer – graphic details, retro furniture and original features. There will be an ever-changing menu of craft lagers, alongside a decent cocktail menu and homemade spirits plus crowd-pleasing range of dirty burgers, pizzas and quirky brunch dishes.
The Waterside Inn, Bray
Whoever said money can’t buy you love hasn’t eaten at The Waterside Inn. The river view, the attentive service and Alain Roux’s three Michelin star cooking, has ‘special occasion’ written all over. It’s just undergone a refurb, but hopefully, the retro sexiness of this beloved restaurant remains. Knock a bit off the bill, with the help of Dishy Rishi’s helping hand.
Bar Fifty Six, Wokingham
There are 56 reasons to love Bar Fifty Six in Wokingham and they start and finish with great wine. No Sade, no snobs, just a cool place to hang out. Now, the government’s Eat Out To Help Out doesn’t include alcohol (boo), but what your save on their pick and mix sharing plates means you splash the cash on a bottle of something fabulous.
The Pheasant, Hungerford
Gallop down the M4 to the heart of National Hunt racing country and discover The Pheasant Inn. On the outskirts of the village of Shefford Woodlands between Lambourn and Hungerford, this stylish country inn offers modern British food. It’s not overly fussy just really good pub grub made with top quality local and seasonal ingredients
The Blackbird, Bagnor
If you’re looking for somewhere completely unique and perfect for foodies (*whisper it* even those with kids). Then I’ve found it. The Blackbird is in one of the prettiest villages in Berkshire, has a large family friendly garden. Chef Dom Robinson won’t be opening his Michelin star kitchen until the end of the year, but an outside bar and Pizza Paloma is set up for al fresco social fun. Book a table in advance and bear in mind, if it rains, they’ll be offering takeaway only.
The Jelly Lounge, Windsor
If Sex And the City did soft play, The Jelly Lounge Windsor would be it. It’s a cool kids play centre, with great food, damn good coffee and gin. Parents o young children enduring lockdown followed by the school holidays, need a double dose of there-there. Kids can safely run wild while you get five maybe even 15 mins peace and 50% off the food bill. Heaven.
Giggling Squid, Windsor and Wokingham
Fancy Thai? Banish all thoughts of a greasy Saturday take-away – Giggling Squid offers an inventive tapas-style menu, meaning lighter, more varied dishes that force you out of your green curry comfort zone. A bright, light, botanical beauty packed with big, fresh flavours. It’s a busy, buzzy restaurant and the lunch menu is very good value.
The Five Bells, Wickham
Wickham is not just the home to the Great British Bake Off tent – Welford Park for those of you who didn’t know Berkshire’s baking claim to fame. There is now another foodie attraction – The Five Bells. The pub’s been overhauled by Duncan Jones, ex group head chef at The Bel & The Dragon, and a man who has cooked for the Queen, Prince Phillip and the Queen of Sweden. How fancy is that? Don’t expect gastropub fine dining, the menu here is a crowd-pleasing list of British comfort classics, using local ingredients.
The Flaming Cow, Eton
If you’re looking for quality fast food, fire up the grill and head to The Flaming Cow Eton. Aside from the cool graffiti wall and industrial vibe, there are 16 burgers on the menu, salads, rubs, wings, and that’s before you consider creating your own. You’ll gain cool credits from your teens, littlies will be in clover and carnivores will be giddy. Prices start at £6.50 for a veggie burger and there’s Big Lunch Deal (burger, side and soft drink) for a tenner – then halve it. Kerching.
The Newbury Pub, Newbury
The Newbury’s lunch menu is both delicious and light on the pocket – three dishes for £10. Sink your teeth into potted prawns, ham and pea shoot salad, tempura hake are all on this menu for peeps who want fresh food… fast. The evening menu has a gastropub vibe with many priced at £6 before the discount. Don’t forget to add one of award-winning gins to your order – distilled on site.
Coppa Club, Sonning, Maidenhead and Streatley
Want to hang our with Clooney or Henman, there’s a chance you might spot them at one of the Coppa Club in Berkshire. Each of the clubs boasts cool interiors outside terrace, and watery view. The food is super family friendly, with plenty of choices for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Roux at Skindles, Maidenhead
A riverside restaurant with Roux over the door and on the floor with lots of French foodie flare. Roux at Skindles is a modern brasserie serving classic brasserie dishes peppered with British and Mediterranean influences. It also occupies a seriously sweet spot on the river in Maidenhead.
The best pizzas EVER. It’s a bold claim, but we’re down with it. Lusso is tucked away from the high street on Weaver’s Walk, serving sourdough pizzas and gelato. They have other stuff on the menu, but seriously make like a small child and eat pizza and ice cream until you pop.
West Berkshire Brewery Taproom, Yattendon
Love somewhere off the beat track and totally different? West Berkshire Brewery Taproom is a brewery, shop and kitchen at an old dairy farm in Yattendon. The cool, laid-back vibe attracts a crowd of beer-loving hipsters, locals and families. Yep, families. It doesn’t sound like the sort of place to hang out with the kids, but really it is. Expect snacks, salads, burgers and pizzas on the menu. Prices start at £4.50.
The Royal Oak, Yattendon
The Royal Oak in the pretty West Berkshire village of Yattendon is a lovely combo of old and new – exposed beams and roaring fires at the front with a cool, contemporary Orangery at the back, with views into the stunning walled garden, serving a foodie pub menu. Snag a garden table when the sun shines. Best seats in the house.
Nibsy’s Cafe, Reading
Tucked away from Reading main shopping street, you’ll find the brilliant Nisby’s Café – offering 100% gluten free food that is made fresh every day on site. Open for late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cake in between, even if you’re not gluten intolerant (shh) you won’t notice the difference.
Chez Mal, Malmaison, Reading
A hotel brasserie slap bang in the middle of Reading – right opposite the railway station. Malmaison was originally built by rock star of the railways Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it’s now a hipster hangout for drinkers and diners. It’s renowned for its slighty quirky, afternoon tea, but Mediterranean style menu is worth the visit.
Boathouse at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead
The Boathouse at Boulters Lock (formerly known as Boulters) has undergone a turbo charged refurb – completed just before lockdown. Inside there’s a cool contemporary vibe, but it’s that river view you come for. Be warned, wine induced oblivion is a possibility when water, sunshine and people watching boaty types are thrown into the mix.
Fifield Inn, Fifield
A bit off the beaten track in the heart, surrounded by Polo clubs, you’ll find the Fifield Inn. It’s a stylish traditional country pub between Maidenhead and Windsor serving crowd-pleasing British and European pub classics.
The Winning Post, Winkfield
The Winning Post Winkfield is a pub with rooms sandwiched between Windso and Ascot, think Four Weddings cosy inside with a bijou garden outside. It’s popular with celebs and polo people. Expect classics with a twist – sharing starters, comforting mains and ‘there there’ puds.
The Golden Ball, Pinkneys Green
Situated near Maidenhead and Cookham, Pinkneys Green is said to have been the old stomping ground of Dick Turpin and his band of dandy highwayman. Cue visions of knee-high boots and lots of thigh slapping. Step inside drink in The Golden Ball’s slightly eccentric, homely decor and tuck into a crowd-pleasing menu of seriously good pub grub.
Fego, Ascot and Fenwicks Bracknell
A proper Muddy favourite, Fego serves a truly finger-licking brunch, as well as good lunch and dinner options (and incredible milkshakes for the minis). One for the whole family at any time of day.
Farmshop Restaurant & Cafe, Bicester
OK, so not in Berkshire, but if you’re heading to Bicester Village shopping, make sure you go Mon-Wed. The Farmshop Restaurant and Café will be serving Soho House-style food with a discount. Tuck into the classic breakfast menu plus seasonal dishes (and incredible burgers) for lunch and dinner – which is all the more reason to go three times a day, no?
Still hungry? Search for restaurants near you participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme here.