Award-winning chef Ryan Simpson talks up Berkshire.
Berkshire: a county of castles and countryside, of beautiful wildlife and a right royally-rich culinary offering. This is a county that is up there with the most vibrant cuisine scenes in all of the UK, and at the very heart of this is Ryan Simpson. Head chef and proprietor of the imaginative and widely renowned Orwells restaurant, Ryan and his close-knit team consistently garner praise and awards from critics and patrons.
So what is it that makes Berkshire so special? Having grown up in Coventry before spending time learning the culinary arts in France, Ryan believes that running a successful restaurant is at least partly down to the availability of fresh, local produce. Ryan certainly chose well by setting up shop on the border between Berkshire and Oxfordshire, where there’s an abundance of fantastic produce right on the restaurant’s doorstep. Ryan loves being able to make use of such a bountiful natural larder; the food at Orwells reflects Berkshire’s fields, farms and hedgerows.
Ryan and his team know that they’re fortunate to be able to call Berkshire home. It’s a county that is rich in life and rich in living, so you’re never stuck for things to do. The great variety of restaurants, pubs and cafés means that you’re never far from a great meal, and there’s something to suit all budgets. There are endless walks to discover, always with a good pub along the way.
This wealth of options has undoubtedly played a part in the ever-burgeoning culinary scene in Berkshire. Berkshire is a place that rivals other great dining destinations – London included – for choice, quality and creativity in the kitchen. The county continues to attract talented chefs, many of whom are lured to the region for its rich pickings of game, soft fruits, organic vegetables and cheese, to name just a few.
Ryan encourages you to pop in to Orwells, where you can look forward to sampling imaginative cuisine that makes the most of Berkshire’s extraordinary wealth of produce.
You can request a free copy of our Berkshire Food and Drink Guide for more dining inspiration, or read online below: