Chilterns – Restaurants
Members and visitors are encouraged to patronise these restaurants, you will be assured of a good welcome and great food. When you do so, please let the staff know that you are a member of the Chaîne, or if a visitor, that you found them through the Bailliage de Grande Bretagne website.
The professional members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs can now be located by using this map-based search engine.
Cliveden is a privately owned 5 Red Star award-winning hotel and is the sister hotel to the world-renowned Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in Hampshire.
One of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland. Cliveden has wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames and is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport.
Queen Victoria, was a frequent guest and was "not amused" when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest citizen. When he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor in 1906, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.
Today, the kitchen brigade is headed by Michelin starred Executive Chef Andre Garrett, and was the venue for the 2015 Grand Chapitre Diner Amical
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa
There has been a house on the site since the 18th century, allegedly built on the site of a Danish encampment (hence “Danes-field”). The current house has been there since 1900 and is set on a magnificent 65 acre site, high in the Chiltern Hills and overlooking the River Thames. The hotel has a total of 87 rooms and suites and is a stunning venue for events and weddings, it most recently hosted the wedding of film star George Clooney
Dining at Danesfield House is run by Executive Head Chef Billy Reid who turns simple ingredients into well executed modern British food served in the surroundings of the Oak Room, the Orangery and in the warmer months outside on the sun-drenched terrace.
The 2015 Grand Chapitre Welcome Dinner took place in the Versailles Room
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa has received numerous highly-regarded awards and accreditations over the years, including: • Michelin Star awarded in Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2012 • Hotel Chef of the Year, Great Britain 2011, awarded by The Hotel Cateys • Voted 12th top UK Restaurant in Good Food Guide 2011 • Winner - Most Excellent Hotel Meeting Venue UK 2010, Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence • Winner - Most Relaxing Spa UK 2011, Natural Health Magazine Spa Awards • Winner - Most Excellent Spa in the UK, Condé Nast Johansens • Danesfield House owns and operates Spa Illuminata in Mayfair, voted UK Day Spa of the Year 2009, Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards
Forbury’s Restaurant Reading
Maître-Restaurateur, Xavier LeBellego, will welcome you to his French influenced restaurant on Reading’s Forbury Square. This is French cooking with a touch of modernity. Xavier is a founder member of the new Chilterns Bailliage.
Xavier, who came to England in 1991 “to learn the language”, has a CV that reads like a Who’s Who of the restaurant world, having worked with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, the Roux brothers, “French Leave” celebrity chef, John Burton-Race and also Sir Terence Conran. Forbury’s has a great following in the area.
Wine is one of Xavier’s passions, with a wine-list containing a variety of wines from around the world sourced carefully to match with the menu. With some 14 wines by the glass, you will find it exiting to try different wines with the food or simply as a drink in our wine bar. Forbury’s has gained the AA’s Notable Wine List Award and last year was Reading City Restaurant of the Year.
L’Ortolan restaurant is in the beautiful village of Shinfield just outside Reading. As well as the main dining room, it has 3 private dining rooms, each with its own style.
The building was built in 1840 and started its life as a school, but for 37 years it has been a restaurant and home to 5 Michelin starred chefs. Richard Sandford was awarded the first Michelin star in 1982 and since then the famous names on the pass have been Nico Ladenis, John Burton Race, Daniel Galmiche, Alan Murchison and the current chef, Tom Clarke, has been awarded his first Michelin star.
The restaurant has 3 AA rosettes and is in its 14 consecutive year with a Michelin star.
L’Ortolan Restaurant Church Ln,
Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel
Founded in 1908, Stoke Park is the perfect place to enjoy life in a five star and friendly atmosphere. It provides a unique combination of the traditions of an exclusive club and the best of today’s sporting, leisure, entertaining and hotel facilities in one of the most convenient locations in Britain: only 35 minutes from London and 7 miles from London Heathrow.
Three restaurants provide fine dining in deeply contrasting, yet equally stunning environments. Humphry’s holds Three AA Rosettes, thanks in no small part to Executive Head Chef Chris Wheeler’s modern British food with a twist and exquisite signature dishes.
Stoke Park has appeared in a number of films including "Bridget Jones Diary" and "Layer Cake". But it is probably best remembered for "Goldfinger" and the golf match between James Bond and Goldfinger assisted by Oddjob.
Stoke Park Club was host to the 2015 Grand Chapitre gala dinner.
The Fat Duck
What more can be said about Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck? Opened in 1995, awarded its third Michelin star in January 2004, voted Best Restaurant in the World 2005, and it still consistently ranks high in the annual World’s Best Restaurant list.
A self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal’s route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and an exploding oven.
Heston has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cuisine, and has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by The University of Reading for his dedicated research and commitment to the exploration of culinary science.
Situated in the pretty village of Bray, this former pub possesses an understated charm with low ceiling and decorated with large gold and purple canvases. Furnishing is simple, the tables are beautifully set and spaced for intimate dining. There is no bar or lounge area so it’s straight to the table for that first drink and the menu.
The French Horn, Sonning
Originally a coaching inn, The French Horn has been providing hospitality for over 200 years.
Now a restaurant with rooms, it has been run by the Emmanuel family since 1972, when it was bought by restaurateurs Ronnie and Carole Emmanuel. The French Horn is now run by their son and daughter, Michael and Elaine. Michael trained in Lyon under Paul Bocuse and in Mougins under Roger Verge.
He and Elaine then opened a restaurant in London which was awarded with a prestigious Michelin star.
Michael and Elaine’s great-grandfather was an oysterman in Whitstable. His son, Bernard Walsh, moved to London and opened Wheelers, the famous fish restaurant, which later expanded to a number of seafood restaurants across the capital.
Bernard’s daughter Carole carried on the family food tradition by training in Paris and then at La Pyramide in Vienne. Her husband, Ronnie Emmanuel, took over Wheelers, while Carole bought The French Horn. The family have also owned oyster beds in Colchester and lobster fisheries in Scotland; and they bring their understanding of seafood to The French Horn’s menu
The family’s passions for fresh ingredients and French cooking can be felt in every dish that comes from The French Horn’s kitchens. This combined with Michael’s skills at developing a splendid wine cellar make dining at The French Horn a real pleasure.
The Hinds Head, Bray
Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin starred pub in Bray, Berkshire
In keeping with the historical aspect of the pub, The Hinds Head menu takes its inspiration from traditional British food that has been adapted to ensure that the dishes reflect the palettes of the day. Old favourites such as Oxtail and Kidney Pudding or Tea Smoked Salmon have become signature items that you will find on the menu all year round.
As well as the traditional items The Hinds Head has become famous for some of its newcomers such as Heston’s Triple Cooked Chips and the award-winning Quail Scotch Egg.
The Hinds Head was host to the 2015 Grand Chapitre farewell lunch
The Miller of Mansfield
The Miller of Mansfield is an 18th century Coaching Inn with luxury bedrooms owned and operated by Mary and Nick Galer. It is nestled away in the heart of the idyllic village of Goring on Thames and overlooks rolling West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire countryside, a stones throw from the river Thames. The Miller is open 7 days a week for eating, drinking and sleeping.
Nick and Mary have an extensive culinary and hospitality background and bring this knowledge to the Miller to create a very special and cosy atmosphere. The kitchen is at the heart of everything good about the Miller and Nick oversees the delivery of fine British ingredients and produce. The Miller atmosphere created by Mary and her team is always at the forefront of their service ethos Nick and Mary oversee the team to ensure hospitable service is delivered to every customer.
Both Nick and Mary worked in Bray for The Fat Duck Group, Nick was Head Chef at The Crown at Bray whilst Mary was a core member of the management team at The Hinds Head.
The Miller of Mansfield has been awarded the 2015 Good Food Guide Readers Restaurant of the Year Award.
High Street, Goring,
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Hotel upgrade to Superior room (if available). Tour of the kitchens and one-to-one with the Chef about dishes/meal. Extra courses when dining.