I tend to steer clear of restaurants in chain hotels but we were tempted by the excellent reviews in local newspapers. You have to try new venues. So we dined on a Friday evening. The restaurant layout is lovely, light and airy but not impersonal; really liked the decor. We were shown to our table. The lower part of the restaurant was quite busy as was the bar. The wine list is quite extensive and not too badly priced for this level of hotel. The selection of starters was excellent, making it quite difficult to choose. The mains selection was less so. I thought it was just me (ever the fussy wotsit) but my friend was having the same problem. We both had scallops to start. Quite small - only 3 which we felt was disappointing given the size and the price but oh, the taste of salt. It was as if there was a sea salt crust on the top. It was quite intense. We queried this with the waiter who said he would "check with the chef" - who knows if he did. He never made a comment to us. We should have sent them back (note to self - be more assertive!). They were expensive for what we had - shame really as the scallops were perfectly cooked just overly salty. Mains were duck. We were not asked how we wanted it cooked! On asking the waitress seemed surprised to find I wanted it pink (surely it is always pink for best flavour - anyway.) It arrived. Meat was lovely (still a bit too overdone for me), very tender and flavoursome. Good selection of veg and the sweet potatoes were excellent. Cheese board was good. Much better offering than the usual standard. Notes on the cheeses were at rear of menu. Good selection of ewe. sheep. cow and goat cheeses, soft and hard. Service mixed. Some waiteting staff better than others. Not sure I will go back. Shame.
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- Exceptional 4 Silver Star 2 AA Rosette luxury Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct10 within close proximity of M4, Reading, Bracknell & Wokingham setting new standards in design & service. Offering tranquil spacious air-conditioned bedrooms with luxury bedding and 32" flat screen TV. Complimentary secure underground parking for all guests and delegates. Extensive Esprit Wellness & Spa facilities including 19m indoor pool, large Life Fitness Gym and Dermalogica Spa Treatments. Enjoy relaxed dining in the 2 AA Rosette Caprice Restaurant with outdoor terrace or visit our stylish Monty’s Bar & Lounge to relax and enjoy a drink or quality bar meal in tranquil surroundings whilst enjoying music by our talented resident pianist. 8 state of the art conference and banqueting suites for up to 220 guests with dedicated Conference Manager. Air-conditioning and super-fast Wi-Fi throughout. Ideally located for London (20 minutes) from adjacent Winnersh Triangle station. ... more less
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