The Olde Bell
The Olde Bell’s kitchen team serves simple, rustic, fantastic-quality food that ensures that visitors experience some of the finest eating and drinking in Berkshire. Much time and effort has gone into sourcing and building relationships with local farmers and producers of the best organic ingredients, creating seasonal, constantly changing menus. Wherever possible, the kitchen uses ingredients ripe from its own gardens to keep menus fresh, appealing and honest.
Great for parties and private events, The Olde Bell makes use of its tranquil garden to host a summer kitchen through the long temperate evenings. A truly family-friendly venue, children are given plenty of opportunity to play among the crab apple trees and ancient sycamore while the grown ups relax with a tipple.
We decided to eat in one of two traditional dining rooms, which proved quirky and featured rustic oak tables softened by tasteful woolen blankets. With two AA rosettes to their name, the food is every bit as good as you’d hope – and then some. Our meal was as fresh as they come, starting with a salad of heritage tomatoes that were grown in the kitchen garden. The pan-fried fillet of sea bass was deliciously tender, served with a sweet chilli escabèche to enhance its natural flavours, together with sautéed new potatoes and chorizo. The menu gives plenty of variety while being entirely manageable, giving extra assurance that all food served meets the chef’s intensely high standard.