London Street Brasserie
London Street Brasserie is a little culinary oasis on the outskirts of The Oracle shopping development in Reading. The Brasserie enjoys an enviable riverside location, with an outdoor terrace where you can sip Champagne and watch the narrowboats drift by.
Housed in one of Reading’s oldest buildings, London Street Brasserie appears charmingly drunk; lopsided and leaning towards the river. Despite its many guidebook accolades, the food appeals to a wide audience and is well priced – a popular two-course menu is just £17, and there’s an enormous à la carte choice. Expect brasserie-style food with contemporary twists on British classics and Mediterranean influences. Dishes like pink carved venison with haggis and grilled stone bass with Champagne jus are sure to impress.
At this restaurant, sexiness is everywhere – in the laid-back elegance of the decor, the wonderful service and the food. Crucially, no less attention is paid to the wine; there are 80 different bins, and 20 are available by the glass. The service is polished and friendly, and the decor includes original artwork – even the ladies’ toilets have been given the special LSB feel, with walls painted in opulent Farrow & Ball Brinjal. Chef and owner Paul Clerehugh’s passion for his vocation is evident – you might have seen him on TV’s Market Kitchen or at the BBC Good Food Show. Don’t leave LSB without sampling one of his puds – they are sensational.