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Having undergone numerous changes of management with varying degrees of success, The Pack Horse at Chazey Heath is now owned by the Blubeckers chain, although you wouldn’t know it.
The Raj Tandoori in Emmer Green has been in business for 13 years now and it seems it’s something of a well-kept secret in the area – around 95 per cent of the restaurant’s custom comes from local residents, who return time and time again.
Many of the finest restaurants are located in hotels – think of Reading’s own Cerise and Eden restaurants headed up by former Michelin-starred chef and food monthly writer Daniel Galmiche at The Forbury Hotel.
The Highwayman at Checkendon has always enjoyed a good reputation for food but having changed hands a number of times in recent years, consistency has been a failing.
I remember years ago when the Asian Spice restaurant along Overdown Road in Tilehurst was a video hire shop.
The last time I visited The Beehive at Upper Basildon, it was a traditional pub at the front with a Thai restaurant at the back; an odd mix that showed in the food.
Why do so many of us slave over a hot stove every Sunday? Maybe it’s because the whole family love a home-cooked roast dinner.
If it’s been a while since you last dined at The Mansion House, it might be worth paying a visit, particularly on a Sunday.
The last time I set foot inside the Southcote Beefeater, they had a full-size model of Worzel Gummidge.
You may not immediately think of a hotel for those occasions when you’re looking for somewhere to go for a special meal but it is increasingly the case that hotels are providing some of the most exquisite dining experiences.