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“Disappointing afternoon tea”

Forbury's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #55 of 621 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $95
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: 5 minutes walk from the train station. 5 minutes walk from oracle shopping center Recommended taxi firm Top Cars 01189442222.
Description: Forbury's Restaurant and Wine Bar is relaxed & comfortable, offering seasonal food and daily specials. We work closely with our dedicated suppliers who strive to deliver the best ingredients daily, this is the joy & enthusiasm of our Chefs who then produce succulent dishes freshly prepared to order. Their passion & skills are tested all the time. This is why we pride ourselves as one of the few independent restaurants in Reading. We are situated in Forbury Square, 5 minutes walk from the Town centre and Train Station. it has achieved many positive reviews since it opened along with a recommendation from Michelin since 2005, two AA Rosettes and inclusion in Harden's Top Ten Restaurants for 2007. The restaurant has been created by Xavier Le-Bellego whose name has become synonymous with fine food and dining.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Disappointing afternoon tea”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

Went here for afternoon tea expecting a traditional, cosy sort of setting but it is very modern with wooden floors, no table cloth on the plain table, clean but not much atmosphere, only one other couple there in the two hours we were there on a Friday afternoon.
There was no menu but when the tea arived, there were three finger sandwiches each, one salmon (very nice) one ham and tomato (also nice) and cream cheese and cucumber which I cant eat. I had to go to the counter to ask for a replacement, which was brought. The tea cups were the thick shallow wide variety which meant the tea was cold within afew minutes of being poured out. Again I had to get up and go to the counter to ask for the teapot to be topped up with boiling water. At no time did anyone come to the table to ask if everything was O.K. The glass of bubbly was O.K.
The scones were the worst I've ever had - hard and doughy and a strange grey colour inside. The cream was OK but the jam was the cheapest type of (mixed fruit? ) set jelly. With a small pot of jam per two persons, it is strange to economise with such cheap jam) Whoever made the scones had absolutely no idea!
There were three tiny cakes each, nice but only a mouthful in each and nothing like the fancy cakes shown on the Groupon offer, which looked absolutely delicious and expensive - very misleading.
Very disappointing and hardly worth the Groupon price we paid.

  • Visited February 2012
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5 Thank Ardamine12
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Reading, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Food, Nice ambience”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

nice french style food in the centre of reading, away from the normal foray of bars and nandos that reading has

2 Thank matthewb123
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Reading, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place for that special meal”
Reviewed February 18, 2012

I have eaten in Forbury's several times and it has always been very good. The menu has some classic and some new "fashionable" dishes, all extremely well cooked and presented
The staff are friendly, but at the same time extremely professional, having that knack of appearing at your shoulder when needed, but being invisible when in conversation or just enjoying the wonderful food.
Its not what I would call cheap, but for a special meal without having to pay the ridiculous prices of some of the local celebrity restaurants, Forbury's is a must. You can however sample the great food at a more reasonable price by eating before 7 and taking the "earlybird" menu.
Cannot wait for my next visit as I know the food, service and conversation will be good

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank JS031951
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always perfection”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

I've eaten at the restaurant with my parents on numerous occasions and both the food and service have always been exceptional. The market menu is amazing value for money while the full menu is a wonderful treat. The wine tasting nights are also always great fun. Cannot wait for my next visit!

  • Visited January 2012
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3 Thank Lydia B
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Hampshire, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Stuck in Reading... god forbid!”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

If you are in the unfortunate position of being stuck in Reading then console yourself with a dinner date at the Forbury. One check through the menu and you will understand why. Lovely fare and a bill to match btu worth the expense and also help you escape your surroundings. You won't want to leave...

3 Thank skidadmk69
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