This luxurious hotel houses this good restaurant - with a buzzy atmosphere - but they take their food seriously.
The kitchen specialises in traditional and modern British dishes often cooked with local ingredients.
An Autumn menu listed 'Plaice, Ginger & Tiger Prawn Spring Roll with Avocado Purée'; 'Ballontine of Confit Rabbit with Carrot Dressing' and 'Home-Cured Beetroot Salmon with Cucumber & Sour Cream' among the starters.
'Steamed Pavé of Halibut with Mint Crust & Apple Cream'; 'Sautéed Breast of Partridge with Confit Leg Pie & Game Jus''; 'Stokes Marsh Farm Rib Eye Steak with Sweet Potato Purée, Shallot & Mushroom Cream' and 'Broad Bean & Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Parmesan Cream' listed among the mains.
Desserts are impressive, with perhaps 'Sticky Pear & Hazelnut Cake with Orange Mascarpone Ice Cream & Clove & Citrus Syrup'; 'Assiette of Chocolate Desserts' and 'Prune 7 Armagnac Tartlet with Milk Sorbet & Confit Kumquats' among the offerings.
Service is both professional and friendly.
A slightly less ambitious (but comprehensive) menu is offered in the Bar and Terrace. See their website for details.
Web site: www.theforburyhotel.co.uk (http://www.theforburyhotel.co.uk/)
Dinner: Closed: L Sun-Thurs
Children's Helpings: Yes, when possible
Nearest train station: Reading Rail
Parking: Yes, limited and charged
Outside eating: Yes
Wheelchair access: Yes
Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Food Style: Modern Italian
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains about £20 to £25; set L £18 (2 courses), £23 (3 courses); (plus all day ambitious Bar Menu)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-22.00; mains about £20 to £25
- Seats: 70
- Wine: an impressive list has firm mark-ups, kicking off in the low £20's
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Reading Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, but limited (phone ahead)
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available