The Berkshire area – comprised of different towns, including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Sandhurst, and more – has been a popular spot for years. Throughout its long and colourful history, Berkshire has attracted a good number of tourists and residents alike, and it continues to be one of the most popular areas in England. What’s so special about Berkshire is the fact that it has a lot to offer – and we do mean a lot – in terms of food and dining, entertainment, sights and attractions, and so on. If you’re planning a visit to Berkshire, here’s your urban guide on where to eat, where to go, and more.
Berkshire restaurants, pubs: where to eat
Berkshire features plenty of pubs, cafes, and restaurants, and you can be sure to satisfy your cravings for delicious specialties in some excellent establishments. One establishment which has already made a name for itself – it’s more like a Berkshire institution, really – is Dew Pound in Old Burghclere, which is about 6 miles away from Newbury. Dew Pound is located inside a country house dating back to the 16th century, and its oak beams give it a classic appeal. The great aspect about Dew Pound is that its menu changes every day, depending on the season and availability of regional and local produce.
There’s also the Miller of Mansfield in Reading, with its uncomplicated yet comforting food – think pan-fried scallops, quintessential fish and chips, and steak. Make sure to try out the restaurant’s ales (most have won awards as well) whilst relaxing in the bar.
Yet another fine dining establishment in Berkshire is the Fat Duck, arguably referred to as the most famous restaurant in England. This is hardly surprising, since the Fat Duck has been named one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. If you didn’t know it yet, the Fat Duck is owned by Heston Blumenthal, famous for his outstanding yet sometimes outrageous culinary creations. But you don’t have to worry about shocking your palate at the Fat Duck – you can try old favourites alongside new ones with the pub’s 14-course tasting menu. Bear in mind, though, that there’s a long waiting list, so make sure to book your reservation early on.
Berkshire towns: where to go and what to see
There’s a lot in store for anyone visiting Berkshire, and some of its towns are a definite must-see. One town which is oft-neglected by tourists, but which boasts such huge potential is Eton, which is only a walk away from Windsor Castle. Exploring Eton brings great delights, especially if you love strolling through and viewing historic structures and buildings. The most famous building of all is – you guessed it – Eton College, which was founded in 1440 by Henry VI.
Another area that’s hard to miss is Reading, as it is classified as one of Berkshire’s largest centres for urban life. Reading is known as a university town, but it serves as a transport hub to different areas in Berkshire as well. Get your feel of history at the Reading Museum with its artifacts from Roman times and visit the Benedictine Abbey for some quiet meditation as well.
Windsor is obviously another place which you should visit, and Windsor Castle has been home to monarchs for more than 9 centuries. But aside from the castle, don’t forget to take a stroll through the former hunting forest, Windsor Great Park, where you can come across Frogmore House as well – the mausoleum where the famous Queen Victoria was laid to rest right next to her Prince Albert.
There are many more places to visit and places to sample culinary delights in Berkshire, and if you want to know what’s going on in a particular season, you should make it a point to browse through a special urban guide to Berkshire, featuring the latest happenings, events, and attractions in the area.
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