The Forbury Hotel 26 The Forbury , Reading, RG1 3EJ

1 reviews

50 Modern European Berkshire

SquareMeal Review of Cerise

Standing grand and proud in the old Berkshire Council buildings, the Forbury Hotel conveys a sense of fun over formality with its bright colour schemes and quirky contemporary art. There’s a similar vibe in its basement cocktail bar, where panelled glass displays, secluded enclave seating and architrave ceilings add a sense of distinction to its seriously up-to-date drinks offering. Despite an exhaustive list of classics, tasteful creativity defines the mixology here: a dark and stormy, for example, is remade as Baron Samdi – its rum flamed in cinnamon at the bar, then mixed with honey, lime and ginger beer. Seasonal specials showcase a single spirit such as Monkey Shoulder whisky, which might appear long and light with pineapple juice and lemon, or as a flambéed after-dinner drink with coffee beans and chocolate liqueur – handy, given that space is shared with Forbury’s smart restaurant.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Reading Station 346m

Reading West Station 1km


Address: The Forbury Hotel 26 The Forbury , Reading RG1 3EJ

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 7-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Museum of Reading 850m

The University of Reading 2km


Telephone: 08000 789 789


Cuisine: Modern European


Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ryan M. 27 October 2009

Having eaten at Cerise a couple of times in the past…I have to say I have never been overly impressed by the food. however recently I heard they decided to change their chef so I wanted to give them another chance and I was not glad I did. The décor and design would fit perfectly in any Michelin restaurant and the food is probably the best in the whole of reading and the surrounding area. My opinion is that cerise will be competing with l'ortolan in the furture.