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The best places to eat, drink and stay in Berkshire

Eat, drink and stay in our top ranked county

There's certainly no shortage of outstanding places to stay, eat and drink in Berkshire. Here's a selection of the very best of them, all of which have been tried and tested by AA inspectors.

Places to stay

The Vineyard, Newbury

Only perfect will do at this haven of style in the Berkshire countryside. The restaurant boasts three AA Rosettes and an impressive wine cellar of 30,000 bottles.

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Coworth Park, Ascot

Who says a grand country house is just for grown-ups? Coworth Park is truly luxurious and even has a 'Kids Concierge' to make sure younger guests are well cared for too.

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

This designer-led hotel across the street from Windsor Castle offers guests all the mod cons. Pick the right room and you'll enjoy a view of the castle itself.

The Olde Bell Inn, Hurley

A charming coaching inn dating in part to 1135, where timber-framed buildings meet individually-styled, modern rooms. Bring a private party to The Tithe Barn or Malthouse.

The Bunk Inn, Thatcham

If you're looking for a quintessential English pub, head to The Bunk Inn and you'll find en suite bedrooms with lots of character in the pretty village of Curridge.

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Copperfields, Wargrave

Just a few miles from Henley-on-Thames, surrounded by manicured lawns, you'll have a memorable stay at Copperfields.

Hurley House, Hurley

You'll come for the finest local produce paired with an excellent wine list but you'll stay for the luxurious bedrooms and the characterful decor.

Crab & Boar, Chieveley

This former pub has had a facelift and now presents an award-winning restaurant and top notch bedrooms.

Rainworth House, Windsor

Rooms are richly decorated and the atmosphere is relaxed at this attractive B&B on the outskirts of Windsor.

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Hurley Riverside Park, Hurley

For those who'd rather experience Berkshire under canvas, set up camp in a peaceful riverside setting and enjoy excellent facilities.

Places to eat and drink

The Fat Duck, Bray

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck is something of a culinary legend, with dishes arriving in gigantic seashells or perched atop white cushions floating in mid-air. Join the waiting list to see for yourself!

The Waterside Inn, Bray

The Roux family put Bray on the culinary map with this place. It is a benchmark for anyone who wants to know just how sublime refined French cooking can be.

L’Ortolan, Shinfield

L'Ortolan is an elegant, high-toned operation that has been a fixture in the top flight of British gastronomic destinations since the 1980s.

Hinds Head, Bray

Heston Blumenthal is back again, but this time he's gone for a more rustic menu, with a modern take on old-English fare.

The Royal Oak Paley Street, Maidenhead

The Royal Oak has been reborn as an elegant village pub for our times, aiming to emphasis the inherent flavours of seasonal ingredients.


To keep exploring, take a look at what Berkshire has to offer or search for more hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs.