Tucked away inside the Mecure George Hotel in Reading, this Dickensian themed bar and brasserie does everything it says on the tin plus more. The George is the oldest building in Reading and - as a former 15th century coaching inn - has a Grade I listing. Strip away the obligatory themed decorations – from artworks to novels – and this restaurant has a stellar stand-alone menu making it a great place for casual business dining and sneaky after-work rendezvous. The contemporary British menu at Dickens Bar and Brasserie is filled with creative dishes such as the scallops with a sweetcorn purée and bubble and squeak; venison with mixed beans and sweet potato Dauphinoise; and our all-time favourite pud - knickerbocker glory.
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