Celebrity chef, tv star and book author Jamie Oliver has opened restaurants to tempt crowds, including Jamie’s Italian in Reading alongside the River Kennet. Contemporary bistro decor pairs with rustic food service for an interesting dining experience, inside or out on the balcony overlooking the river.
The antipasti platters are exceptional, with fine quality meats, cheeses and cured olives and caperberries. (I was too busy eating to remember to take pictures!) I also highly recommend the parmesan polenta chips with fresh rosemary. Salads, too, are generously sized, fresh and tasty with a bevy of flavor-rich ingredients. Haven’t quite found the perfect entree yet, but if you’re looking for a bottle of wine with a handful of great starters, Jamie’s Italian is a fine destination.
Tel: 0118 907 0808
Visit See Woo for a fabulous selection of frozen, ready to steam dim sum and dumplings, as well as all food staples of the oriental kitchen.
Generous selection of cookware on hand at reasonable prices.
Cash or UK debit card only.
Tel: 01189 313188
Fax: 01189 313233
The Royals know how to make beautiful gardens . . . like this aquatic setting tucked into a hillside just below the stone walls of Windsor Castle.
Just imagine the picnic you could have on this lovely knoll beneath the magnolia!
Wonder if Her Majesty has ever done that?
If you’re in the area visiting Gordon Ramsay The Narrow Pub, set aside an extra hour to walk and wander along the River Thames and throughout the nearby Limehouse Basin area. Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the basin connects the river with an interior canal system.
The area was one a busy maritime port in medieval times and beyond, but shifted its purpose in the 1960s when the major dock closed. The area fell into decline, but has seen a resurgence and refurbishment of property in recent times.
The Docklands Light Railway