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“Superb Lobster Lunch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Stoke Row
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$72
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Open all day every day - 12 until late.Food orders from 12 – 3pm and 6.30pm onwards Monday – Friday.Cooking all day Saturday and Sunday.
Reading, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Superb Lobster Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

My wife and I were at last able to get a table here, as we are now retired and could go mid-week. We were greeted at the door and shown to our table. The restaurant was almost completely full but our drinks and the menus were promptly brought. We had some of their delicious homemade bread with dips to start while we were waiting for the first course. My wife had goat's cheese soufflé and I had the charcuterie, a fine selection of preserved pork meats.
For the main course we both had lobster thermidor, which came with skinny fries and Caesar salad. It was wonderful to taste such fresh lobster, as being so far from the sea here most fish is a week old before we get it. The owner obviously has some good contacts in the trade. We chose a Rose wine from Provence to go with our meal. The wine list is the size of a small novel with a huge range of all types to choose from. For dessert my wife had coconut panacotta with pineapple thinly sliced underneath, and a mango sorbet on the side. I had the poached pear with vanilla ice cream and warm ginger and butterscotch sauce. With our coffees afterwards we got a generous portion of a wonderfully smooth fudge. I can't fault this restaurant in any way. The food and staff were excellent. Some people might baulk at the price, but take it from me, you get what you pay for, and this was well worth the money. We hope to eat here again soon.

  • Visited August 2014
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Reading
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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“Consistently great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Excellent service
Excellent food!
I love the atmosphere in this restaurant! It's always fun!

We had a great night

  • Visited August 2014
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England, United Kingdom
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“Food was excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We really enjoyed our meal. They obviously use top quality ingredients and know how to use them. Everyone was very friendly. The atmosphere was great. The only thing we didn't like was the tepid Brakspears beer.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Great food, great atmosphere. A wonderful meal with friends made even better by dining on amazing dishes, served by great staff. Defo recommend

  • Visited July 2014
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London,England
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“Worth seeking out this place...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Fabulous hidden away old inn full of charm & character. Very atmospheric & romantic with a wonderful menu....so much choice it's hard to decide which dishes to select but everything we ate was delicious in the extreme ! Attentive & friendly service throughout...a dream of a place...can't wait to return !

  • Visited August 2014
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