Best Western Reading Moat House
I chose freshly baked rustic ciabatta as an appetiser, which bridged the void nicely before progressing. After careful consideration I opted for juicy king prawns with a sweet chilli glaze; served with baby leaf, red onion and cherry tomato salad, it provided a refreshing and confident start to my culinary adventure. Next, the stuffed supreme of chicken filled with leaks, spinach and sun-blushed tomatoes, served with new potatoes and a tomato and basil sauce, ticked all the right boxes, presenting a medley of complementing Mediterranean flavours.
With an extensive wine list to choose from, in which all serious wine-producing regions were well represented and some award-winners too, I heeded the professional opinion of the waiter and selected the highly-recommended 2006 South African chenin blanc 'bush vines' from the long-established Kleine Zalze Estate, which won a Silver International Wine Challenge award - its subtle fresh apricot and peach fruitiness perfectly partnering my food. Luckily, I found room for a third course and after pondering over the tempting dessert list, I chose the trio of chocolate torte - a rich, dark milk and white chocolate torte on a crisp chocolate digestive base. To accompany, an Australian riesling Gewurtraminer from the Hardys estate was recommended, highlighting the dessert as well as any muscat I've tried.
The Best Western Reading Moat House Hotel's waterfront location adds to the atmosphere of relaxation and peace that prevails throughout the restaurant. This, along with the excellent cuisine and a fine selection of wines, means that you'll find nowhere better for some decadent escapism and respite.