11 Insta-worthy eateries in Berkshire
Now we're all going out out, naturally we want to shout about it. Be the envy of your followers at these photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop is as good as the food.
If you’re going to spam your followers with good times, you might as well do it from Cliveden House. Giddy up and grab a nose bag at the Astor Grill in the old stables. I mean, are you even on Instagram if you didn’t snap last summer’s Veuve Cliquot airstream bar? Take in the view of the South Parterre from the Cliveden Dining Room, there’s Profumo affair pool, posh boats to waft down the Thames and you can bring your pooch too. It’s Insta gold.
The quirky decor at Heston’s Hinds Head in Bray is catnip for dedicated followers of the ‘gram. Upstairs is the Royal Lounge the elegantly eccentric hunting lodge vibe. Think shotgun chandeliers, taxidermy and cocktails in vintage china. Chef Pete Gray’s food is pretty epic too, so food snaps aplenty.
Phones at the ready, the minute you walk through the door at The Market House you’ll be playing Insta bingo. A vintage swing swathed in flowers. Tick. Street food. Tick. Roof garden with living walls. Tick. Secret garden in a bank vault? The like count could be stratospheric.
The Dolphin Newbury has been transformed from traditional boozer to a place that wouldn’t look out of place in old Laaaaandon Taaaaaaarn. It really is the House of Fun. From the quirky vintage finds and beach hut garden tables to the colourful plates of food, there’s plenty to like and share.
This riverside glass restaurant at the Coppa Club in Streatley is a Berkshire classic. Its flooded with light and has a gorgeous airy and bright feel (read increds flattering natural light darrrling). The interiors are dreamy too – blush pinks, subtle greens, dark walls and plants everywhere. Coppa Club Sonning and Maidenhead deliver too.
The quirky upcycled interiors and pop culture wall art give The Redan its edge. Plus the 70+ strong cocktail list will leave you shaken and stirred – especially if you work your way through all those cocktails *hic*.
The edgy art, vintage feels, cool gin distillery and general gastropub good stuff is in abundance here. If a trip to The Newbury doesn’t get you likes, it’s because your followers are green with envy.
It was a pub that suffered an identity crisis but now The Corn Stores Reading has supermodel good looks. A shiny cocktail bar with elegant interiors and a floor crying out for that #ihavethisthingswithfloors hashtag. Upstairs is a stunning restaurant serving a gastronomic gallery of beautifully plated dishes.
Hello beautiful. The Oakley Court in Windsor has had an epic refurbishment during lockdown and it’s showing some leg on Instagram right now. If the sun could shine a bit more you could almost believe you’re in the French Riviera. This Gothic beauty has starred in many a Hollywood movie and is now a destination for design addicts. You can even shop the hotel: table linens, glassware, art and furniture all up for grabs.
Glitz, glamour and worth the blisters you’ll get from wearing heels for the first time in 18 months. Restaurant Coworth Park‘s Michelin star speaks for itself – Chef Adam Smith culinary genius is art on a plate. The dining room’s copper leaf crown has the wow factor and the view across Coworth wild flower meadow will let you leave out your Timotei ad dreams.
It’s a jungle out there, so if you like your Porn Star Martini mixed by Monte Don, then you’ll love The Botanist in Reading. It’s a bar and restaurant with a secret garden theme, serving botanical-inspired cocktails, served in plant pots, tea pots, watering cans and plenty of smoky dried ice. Instagram gold right there. The food? It’s famous for its hanging kebabs, but there’s a crowd-pleasing menu of pies, burgers, salads and sharing boards. You’ll find The Botanist on Kings Street, fast becoming a foodie quarter of Reading.