This former, red brick, vicarage has had an illustrious recent past. Past owners being Nico Ladenis (who refused to sell Gin & Tonics to the Reading locals, as he felt they weren't coming specially for his food) and John Burton Race (of television fame).
Chef Tom Clarke is maintaining a very high standard, with a menu set in the French tradition, with the likes of 'Black Truffle and Artichoke Risotto, with roasted Cep and Truffle cream'; 'Foie Gras & Pain D'Epice "Sandwich", Smoked Duck, Pineapple and Black Pepper Chutney' or 'Scallops on discs of Jerusalem Artichokes and a Serrano Ham Salad' as starters.
Perhaps 'John Dory with White Beans, Pea Velouté and White Truffle'; 'Oxtail Ballotine and Roast Sirloin of Beef, Beetroot, and Butternut Squash Purée' or 'Corn-fed Pigeon with Choucroute (again with foie gras and truffles) and Madeira jus' among the mains.
Desserts, such as 'Assiette of Chocolate' are a highlight for those sweet of tooth; while they have excellent farm house cheeses - served with Walnut and Raisin Bread or home-made Biscuits.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Tues-Sat, 12.00-14.30; Set L from £28 (2 courses) to £31.50 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £75 (7 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30) D from £58 to £65; Tasting Menu £75 (7 courses)
- Seats: 60
- Wine: A large list, kicking off at around the £30mark - there's a good selection by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, whenever possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (also lavatory)
- Nearest station: Reading Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M4 at junction 11, then take the A33 towards Basingstoke, At the 1st roundabout turn left, after the garage, turn left again. After 2 km turn right at The Six Bells pub. The restaurant's a further left turn - follow the English Tourist Board signs
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, Christmas & New Year