The Grenfell Arms
A blend of expertly kept cask ale, outstanding wine and quality food keeps Maidenhead’s diners returning to The Grenfell Arms time and again. The handsome interior is a characterful mix of oak paneling, cosy wood-burning fires and wooden furnishings, centering around an amply stocked, gin-laden bar.
Fresh produce is a priority for proud owner Jamie, and his enthusiasm for what he does shines through in his dishes, which consistently impress new visitors. Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and obliging, and was happy for us to substitute ingredients to account for dietary requirements. To start, we demolished a vegetarian sharing board – something I’d never usually order – and lightly cooked squid. For mains, my rib-eye steak was cooked to perfection, and my guest’s carefully prepared chicken was mouth-wateringly tender. Dessert consisted of a chocolate fudge sundae with a shot of espresso and Tia Maria, while my guest had a gorgeous looking honeycomb cheesecake.
With the gin revolution sweeping across the United Kingdom, it comes as no surprise that The Grenfell Arms has developed quite a collection of the spirit. Far from just offering the usual selection, Jamie currently has 73 different gins from around the world, which are given pride of place on the The Grenfell Arms’ backbar. We took a recommendation for our fi rst drink and were not disappointed. We’re already making plans for return visits to make our way through the collection. Besides gin, there is also a wide range of beverages, from local ale and craft beer to carefully selected red, white and sparkling wine, and soft drinks sourced from independent suppliers.
Service really shines at The Grenfell Arms, which is likely to be the reason why so many opt to stay here when they’re visiting the region. The staff have an uncanny ability to make guests feel at home and at ease, and with eight comfortable, beautifully refurbished letting rooms to stay in, there’s every reason to extend a visit. The Grenfell Arms is bound for great things, and Jamie’s plans to develop the menus and extend the outdoor dining space are certainly going to help this outstanding Berkshire establishment achieve this.