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26 The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EJ

((((* Modern British
Main course: £19
Food spend: £35
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 17:30 & 19:00 - 21:30.

We went for a birthday afternoon tea, the food was delicious and the staff could not have been more lovely. Really looked after us and made the meal special.

Pauline 17 February 2017
from Reading

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Described as ‘The UK's Sexiest Townhouse Hotel’ by the Evening Standard, Cerise at The Forbury in Reading showcases fine British cuisine. Cerise is a sophisticated brasserie and award-winning cocktail bar, with refined British dishes. The Cerise restaurant is open for dinner and lunch as well as afternoon tea.

The Cerise at The Forbury provides a simple, seasonal menu which is regularly updated, with the dishes prepared only based on ingredients that are in season and used to their full potential. Try Cerise menu favourites like duck leg hash with a poached egg, or lemon sole with crab mousse.

Attached to the 5-star Forbury Hotel, the Cerise in Reading maintains an element of style and elegance whilst being cosy, welcoming and inviting. Superb service and delicious menu options are twinned with superb cocktails, fine wines and premium champagnes.

A beautiful hotel and restaurant with an award-winning cocktail bar, Cerise at The Forbury is only 20 minutes from London, and 5 minutes' walk from Reading station.


26 The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EJ

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Customer reviews for Cerise

4.1 ((((* (based on 138 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (71)
  • dinner (48)
  • lunch (32)
  • luxury (31)
  • romantic (29)
  • business (23)
  • private dining (23)
  • trendy (20)
  • value (14)
  • large parties (12)
  • al fresco (5)
  • entertainment (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • breakfast (3)
  • views (1)
  • ((((* 23 February 2017 by Roger Selman from Reading

    Staff excellent, meal service slow (I think due to a private function?) Couldn't find the car park initially - satnav didn't help except for the right road

  • (((** 20 February 2017 by Robert Mullan from Reading

    + Friendly, polite, well-timed service throughout
    + Smart designer ambience
    + Good food
    - Why, in an almost empty room, were we sat cheek-by-jowl with the only other diners?
    - Small portions, especially starters (only two scallops?)
    - Menu descriptions are weak in places, mainly desserts, which are just lists of components: how can you know that 'roast white chocolate' is actually a cheesecake?
    - Waiting staff don't understand the menu and couldn't explain what we were trying to order (see comment on desserts)
    - Comparatively expensive
    - Finding the car park was difficult and when we got there it was full

  • ((((( 20 February 2017 by Nadya Dimitrova from Redaing

    It is the first time I have been to afternoon tea, and it was a great experience. I had full afternoon tea - loved the food and the tea. the homemade cakes were incredible, especially the peanut butter and the raspberry tart!

  • ((((( 17 February 2017 by Pauline from Reading

    We went for a birthday afternoon tea, the food was delicious and the staff could not have been more lovely. Really looked after us and made the meal special.

  • ((*** 16 February 2017 by John from Reading

    Really unhappy with yesterdays experience. I booked a la carte dining some weeks ago (see booking confirmation below) only for staff to serve my girlfriend and I the valentines menu automatically on arrival. Being that this happened without warning we just went with it but we would never have accepted if we knew the price which was £65 per head and I am afraid the price did not reflect the experience for a number of reasons:

    1 – We should have been given the Al la carte menu on arrival in accordance with our booking.

    2 – We were sat within 1ft on the another dining couple making it impossible for us (and the couple next to us) to talk in private (we might as well have been sat next to each other).

    3 – You had a family with two very young children dining late.

    4 – The wait between course (course we didn’t ask for) was too long

    5 – My Girlfriend does not drink red wine with the main course so was offered White wine that she never received

    6 – On receiving the bill I had get up and go to the reception after 20 minutes of waiting to ask the waitress to come and allow us to pay

    So that was our Valentines Day experience. Not great.

    On arriving at work I checked on-line to see what I actually booked and it was as per the below information.

    Could I please have a refund?

    Nice food but wrong order and not an intimate atmosphere. Slow service.

  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Daniel Appleyard from Reading

    The staff immediately made us feel welcome. And throughout our evening they were exceptionally attentive, even when we had difficult questions about the food due to my wifes current Dairy and Soy intolerance on top of her being vegetarian. The food itself was exceptional and is very difficult to choose a favourite, however our first food-gasm came from the Chicken Liver Pate/ the vegetarian version of it at the very beginning of the meal! and even with the bar set so high it never fell short. My wife enjoyed the wine a great deal as well.

  • ((((* 10 February 2017 by Peter Leppard from Sheffield

    Nice environment. Attentive staff. Good food, attractively presented.

  • ((((* 8 February 2017 by Nicola Langford from Reading

    Lovely afternoon tea celebrating a birthday. Staff very attentive, sandwiches and cakes very fresh.

  • (**** 7 February 2017 by Jenny Bolton from Reading

    Really disappointed with the whole experience. The price was not as advertised, they asked me if I had a dietry requirement, when I advised them they ignored it, the service was absolutely dreadful. My friends and I were almost there for 6 hours and not once were we asked if we would like a drink or anything else. They even started hovering next to us! Even the receptionist said that that the service to us was poor. I was really gutted because it was a special occasion

  • ((((* 5 February 2017 by Patricia Botton from Reading

    Super evening, fabulous, amazing food, lovely ambience and great service

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