Berkshire Life - - Christmas Markets -

Rare­breed Din­ing has a treat in store for us this Christ­mas; their third ex­cit­ing of­fer­ing, The Corn Stores, is open­ing in Cen­tral Read­ing this month – and we can’t wait.

Founded by four friends, they cur­rently own and op­er­ate The Plough Inn in Cob­ham and The Shur­lock Inn in Read­ing, and are now ex­cited to be launch­ing their flag­ship site.

And it is cer­tainly a unique des­ti­na­tion. The Grade-11 listed build­ing is a his­toric land­mark, used for stor­ing corn in the Vic­to­rian era, so it has been sym­pa­thet­i­cally re­stored by the group to leave orig­i­nal el­e­ments of the build­ing, like the brick­work and ex­posed beams.

It will boast a large ground­floor cock­tail bar, a steak restau­rant on the sec­ond floor and a mem­bers’ lounge on the top floor – a first for Read­ing.

And in­flu­enced by the Vic­to­rian trade routes of its era, de­sign fea­tures in­clude bold flo­rals, fo­liage aplenty and ex­otic punc­tu­al­i­ties from Bri­tish de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Matthew Wil­liamson and Emma J Ship­ley.

The all-day-din­ing restau­rant will be over­seen by Group Chef Di­rec­tor John Sparks. Sig­na­ture dishes in­clude the Rare­breed Wagyu Burger and their Surf and Turf, a board of Lob­ster meat, T-bone steak, pork tom­a­hawk, hand-cut chips and salad. Any­one feel­ing hun­gry yet?

Not lim­ited to the food menu, Bri­tish drinks sup­pli­ers will take cen­tre stage. The drinks menu in the bar will fea­ture a cu­rated list of cock­tails and spir­its. Brew­ery fresh lager will also be pumped from the newly in­stalled Mean­time tanks.

Dur­ing De­cem­ber, there’s a Christ­mas party menu, ideal for larger groups. It in­cludes a range of op­tions for each course from tra­di­tional turkey and Christ­mas pud­ding to fil­let tail and cle­men­tine cheese­cake. We’ll race you to make a book­ing. thecorn­stores­read­, 01932 862388

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