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The Bird in Hand

The Bird in the Hand Hotel, Reading, RG10 9UP

((((* British
Average
Main course: £14
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday: 07:00 - 23:00
Saturday - Monday: 08:00 - 23:00

Food choice limited.
I had asked for a birthday cake. 3 slices of cake appeared, one with a candle.Strange way of serving it.

Patricia Curtis 22 October 2016
from Maidenhead

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In a stunning 14th-century Reading country inn, The Bird in Hand pub and restaurant serves refined, seasonal cuisine alongside an extensive wine list. Rustic yet elegant, the Bird in Hand restaurant combines elegant dining with a beautifully restored interior, filled with exposed timber floorboards and a brick hearth.

Enticing seasonal dishes on The Bird in Hand menu feature sumptuous cannon of spring lamb with a fresh parsley crust and redcurrant sauce, and a delicate pan-fried sea bass fillet with capers and tiger prawns, in a parsley and lemon sauce. Timeless pub classics include a traditional steak and kidney suet pudding and crispy wholetail scampi, while a sumptuous 8oz Scottish fillet is among juicy steaks from the grill.

In warmer months, guests can also dine al fresco at The Bird in Hand in Reading, when a brick-built outdoor barbecue comes into play alongside the a la carte. The Bird’s wine list offers over 50 carefully-selected and full-bodied varieties, and partners a host of smooth guest ales on tap, refreshed with new options every week.

The Bird in Hand occupies a scenic spot opposite Castle Royle Golf Club, 7 minutes’ drive from Twyford Station.

The Bird in Hand

The Bird in the Hand Hotel, Reading, RG10 9UP

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Customer reviews for The Bird in Hand

4.1 ((((* (based on 13 reviews)
76% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (6)
  • afternoon tea (5)
  • dinner (5)
  • private dining (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • value (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • ((((( 22 November 2016 by Lucy White from Twyford, Reading

    We had a lovely afternoon tea at the Bird in Hand, celebrating 20 years of friendship with 2 very close friends from University. Delicious sandwiches and cakes and scones, great service, and endless flowing tea, coffee and hot chocolate! A very warm and cosy environment.

  • (((** 27 October 2016 by Ttrevor Mullock from Reading

    Food was good a little dry.and amount could have been a little larger.

  • ((((* 22 October 2016 by Patricia Curtis from Maidenhead

    Food choice limited.
    I had asked for a birthday cake. 3 slices of cake appeared, one with a candle.Strange way of serving it.

  • ((((* 26 July 2016 by Jo Gisborne from mai

    Thank you for a lovely lunch yesterday. The food was great and the service and staff wonderful. Hope to see you again soon.

  • ((((* 4 June 2016 by Daniella Kujawa from Reading

    Absolutely amazing food.
    Before our starters we and another table were given a warm roll from the oven which was a lovely surprise and very yummy!!!
    Me and my partner then started off with a bread board and him also having a duck Bon Bon.
    The selection of bread was lovely along with the olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette! He also throughly enjoyed his duck!!
    For mains we both had the fillet steaks.
    I cannot explain how good this was! I had my steak cooked medium rare and it was undoubtedly the best steak I have ever eaten. My partner who has his steak medium can sometimes find his pretty hit and miss with the redness in some restaurants, again was very happy that his steak was cooked to his perfection.

    The sauce we both chose (Stilton and port) was a little to sweet for us. (None of the other sauces we liked) Maybe a bit more of a selection would be nice.

    By the time we finished we were to full to discover the puddings so shall definatly be returning for yet another steak and pudding!

    Service was very attentive and professional.

    For a steak I would root for people to come and visit here!!!


    Great job!

  • ((((( 23 May 2016 by Jim Butler from Wokingham

    Very good service from our waiter , he was friendly with a professional approach .
    Starters were particularly tasty , the soup ,and the mushrooms in a Stilton sauce

  • ((((* 11 March 2016 by Pamela Williams from Henley-on-Thames

    We returned to the restaurant after a break, all 5 of us had the Sea Bass, excellent.
    For the desert we all ordered Sticky Toffee Pudding, the waiter returned to say only one 1 left, it would have been nice to have been informed of this before we decided what to choose.

  • ((((* 8 March 2016 by Mandy Newman from Reading

    Lovely food for adults, no children's menu, we had to think of starters and puddings for our children and then ask them if they could do it, they were happy to. A children's menu would be better.

  • ((((( 2 March 2016 by Rick Keens from Andover

    Good service with polite and friendly staff and an excellent meal. This was our 1st visit and we are sure it will not be the last, thank you.

  • ((((( 28 February 2016 by Patricia Shaw from Wokingham

    We had a lovely afternoon tea and I'm gluten free and the scone and chocolate cake were lovely.Servive was excellent and were given another pot of tea and looked after very well.It is a lovely cosy atmosphere at £16 a head it's good value I would defininatley go back.

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