The Roseate Reading has much to offer both guests and diners. The building this luxurious hotel is housed in was originally the Shire Hall for Berkshire County Council in 1911, and now boasts stunning interiors, 55 plush bedrooms and its very own restaurant, The Reading Room. The restaurant offers an elegant fine dining experience, surrounded by stylish interiors and soft mood lighting. Here, seasonal menus change regularly, showcasing excellent produce from the local area, alongside creative house cocktails and an extensive wine list. Try the ‘wild regret’, a zingy blend of pisco, melon, golden berry and agave, or the more earthy ‘and once, or twice, to throw the dice’, which mixes Laphroaig and Monkey Shoulder with ginger, lemon and honey.
Dinner at The Reading Room launches into elegance from the get-go, with the option of pre-meal oysters and caviar. Hearty, yet refined modern British fare is the focus, although you’ll see some more global twists peppered in. Seared Orkney scallops are a popular way to start, accompanied by apple beignets, pickled courgette, chorizo, salt-baked celeriac and chilli oil. A vegetarian might instead start with a goat’s curd salad, featuring heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives, torched blood orange, pine nuts and basil. The main event might come in the form of a roasted rump of Hampshire lamb, with vegetable couscous, baba ghanoush, peas and mint, while a meat-free entry might be crispy potato ratatouille with cavolo nero, endive and tomato fondue.
Finally, you might finish your dinner with a playful ‘variation of pears’, comprised of pear sorbet, ginger crumble, sesame tuille and sweet pear chutney. A selection of cheeses is also available, paired with quince jelly, nuts, crackers, plum and apple chutney. Tasting menus are also an option, with vegan and vegetarian versions too. Book a table in just a few clicks by selecting a time and group size on the right.