The winter in Berkshire can feel like it goes on forever so we’ve come up with a few places and events that will keep you going until the sun returns. From a day at the races with friends, to cosy rural walks and pubs with your loved one, we’ve got some great venues offering great winter fun.
COWORTH PARK – Rural Retreat
Blacknest Road Ascot Berkshire, SL5 7SE, 01344 876 600
A stunning rural setting and relaxed rustic charm, Coworth Park is the perfect winter retreat, where you can cosy up next to a roaring log fire. They have lots of great offers for staying over the Christmas period, or treat yourself or a loved one to a meal at either the one Michelin Star Restaurant Coworth Park or in one of the more informal brassieres and restaurants.
NEWBURY RACECOURSE – Day out at The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, 1-2nd December
The Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Newbury RG14 7NZ, 01635 40015
Gather your friends for a festive catch-up – what better place than a day at the races. Wrap up warm, treat yourself and maybe even try your hand at a spot of betting.
You can even splash out with a dining package at one of their amazing restaurants.
ZERO DEGREES – Dinner with a large group of friends
9 Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LR, 0118 959 7959
Zerodegrees is very much at the helm of the craft beer scene in Reading. The venue hosts Reading’s only microbrewery and occupies a prime position next to the Oracle shopping centre. The open-plan brewery can be seen from both levels of the restaurant and if you dine during the day you may even see the master brewer at work. Zerodegrees never filters, pasteurises or uses additives in their brews, ensuring all are vegan-friendly and full of flavour.
STOKE PARK COUNTRY CLUB AND RESORT – LaplandUK Accommodation Deal
Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG
This Christmas, Stoke Park has teamed up with Father Christmas and his elves at LaplandUK to ensure the festive period is one to remember for all the family. With English Home calling it “a day that will be treasured forever” means a trip to LaplandUK combined with a stay in the enchanting Stoke Park is one not to be missed. – with rooms, including breakfast, children’s activities and use of the facilities from just £230 per room per night.
THAMES LIDO – Spa and dine
Napier Road, Reading, RG1 8FR, 0118 207 0640
Newly refurbished and opened in Reading, this is the perfect treat for a loved one – there’s some great swim and dine packages and the option to add additional spa treatments. You can get 3 tapas dishes, a glass or wine and use of the facilities for just £40. You can also buy gift vouchers for that perfect Christmas present.
THE BULL INN AT BISHAM – Hidden Gem
The High Street, Bisham SL7 1RR, 01628 484734
The Lopez family, who boast over 40 years’ experience in fine dining, work tirelessly to provide the shire’s culinary elite with a truly exceptional dining experience revolving around a classic French menu with unique Spanish influences. This establishment offers a choice of dining options – you can choose either The Restaurant or the less formal Bisham Bar, or even enjoy a private family or business dinner in The Private Room.
BOULTERS – Great dining offers
Boulters Lock Island, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8PE, 01628 621291
Get 2 courses plus a glass of Prosecco for two for just £28 at lunchtime, two steaks and a bottle of wine for £40, a main-course and a cocktail for £15 or a gin-flight for just £7.
They also have a stunning location overlooking the Thames and are available for private hire and parties.
THE BELL INN – Rural weekend treat
Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JJ, 01189 341788
Dating back to the 14th Century, The Bell was bequeathed to the village in 1608 by stationer Sir Ralph Newbury. Since then, proceeds from the rent of the building have been used to fund local charities and their various endeavours. In 2004 twin brothers Iain and Scott Ganson decided to prove that food of an exceptional quality could be served in a pub without turning the local into a restaurant.
Set between Maidenhead & Reading, it’s the perfect retreat for a long weekend lunch and walk. They support CAMRA so have a wide range of ales available to purchase.
WINDSOR GRILL – Perfectly cooked steak
65 St Leonards Road, Windsor, 01753 859 658
You can visit this quirky and historic restaurant to enjoy a 28-day aged Surrey Farm Beef, along with our other famous meat and seafood specials, seasonal favourites, great wines, and classic cocktails. We recommend for a perfectly cooked steak and great atmosphere.
THE HINDS HEAD – Needs no introduction…
High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB, 01628 626151
Heston Blumenthal’s one Michelin star 15th century restaurant in Bray serving a series of 3, 4 and 6 course menus.
A gift voucher for a treat in this restaurant will make anyone’s year – they are available from £25 to £100. They can post the voucher to you or the recipient or if you’re in a bit more of a rush you have the option of printing this off yourself.
THE CROWN – Jewel in the crown of Bray
High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AH, 01628 621936
The Crown is an old-world, beamed inn showcasing owner Heston Blumenthal’s gastropub menu, and offering real ales.
On November 26th, Poggio Landi hosts their November wine club – brought to you from the Chianti Classico territory in Italy.
Poggio Landi will be sharing with you a collection of their favourite varieties, including their multi award-winning Montalcino vintage, taking you on a journey of intense floral notes, spicy complexities and ripe red fruit aromas.
Sunday November 26th
£10 per ticket
Tasting begins from 6pm
Call their Reservations team on 01628 62 19 36. Remember if you choose to also dine with us that same day, for lunch or for dinner, they will deduct the cost of the Sunday Wine Club from your food bill.