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Forbury's Restaurant & Wine Bar

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One Forbury Square 1 The Forbury, Reading RG1 3BB, England
+44 118 957 4044
11:00 - 00:00
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the Forbury often for both company dinners and personally. Xavier and the team invariably offer outstanding service and really high quality food. The atmosphere is a lovely blend of the "posh" and relaxed, which means we always have a fun and enjoyable evening while enjoying the excellent food. They cope brilliantly with even our most unusual requests, definitely... More 

2 Thank David T
Reading, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most recently trip I made to Forbury's was for the Champagne and Jazz evening and Forbury's NEVER cease to amaze me. We were welcomed and greeted by Xavier and Tomas with a hug and canapés and of course champagne. The food is always exceptional, both the taste as well as the presentation. The champagnes that accomplish each course is... More 

2 Thank Gabrielamcfok
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a birthday dinner with friends, as soon as we entered I could see why people comment on the setting. Tired carpet and uninspired decor. However the welcome was warm and we were seated quickly. The menu was explained but then they brought out raw meat and showed it off right next to my veggie friend which wasn't... More 

1 Thank rachelwhenman
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The champagne and jazz evening on Friday the 24th of February was superb. The meal with accompanying champagne was first class. The champagne was expertly introduced by Helen Mckenzie who was making a very welcome return to the restaurant. The music from Aurora Chanson, also making a return visit, was delightful, with some favourites from Edith Piaf to close. The... More 

1 Thank Daavid W
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58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our first themed evening at the Forbury - set menu, Champagne tasting and music from Aurora Chanson. This was a delightful evening. The night started with canapés and a glass of champagne before a set menu of 3 courses, each with several glasses of choice champagne with an introduction from an expert. The food was excellent, beautifully presented and... More 

2 Thank Captain587
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited The Forbury with my family on Saturday 25th February. The service and attention to detail was exceptional. We arrived where pre-dinner drinks were served in the well presented bar area. The range of cocktails will tease your taste buds and even more so when you try them! We then sat down to dinner. The cuisine was absolutely delicious... More 

1 Thank Sharon P
Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came in here on a Saturday night. Brilliant service and excellent food. The atmosphere was divine! Definitely recommend if your in the area.

1 Thank foodfanatic807
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I haven't even been yet but I've already been called up twice to be told that I'll be charged an extra £4 per head because I've booked on a night where there will be live Jazz (the reason I wanted to go). A week later I was called up to ask for a deposit of £20 per head, I'm taking... More 

Thank Sapan G
xlb, Manager at Forbury's Restaurant & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Dear Mr Ganguly, Thank you for taking the time to write to us. We seem to have caused you anxiety and for this we can only apologise. I have noted that you have have paid your deposit so thank you for that. The reason we advised our guests that there would be a cover charge is so that it is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I visited the Forbury with some work colleagues and I was expecting good food and it didn't disappoint. I had a ravioli starter, halibut main and a selection of 4 mini deserts, with the halibut being the stand out dish. It was a nice evening , so why the 4 stars? Its the second time i have visited and i... More 

2 Thank Alec B
Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Wanted a restaurant near the railway station for dinner and found Forbury's which is just a three minute walk. Is a contemporary smart looking place. There were two menus, a fixed price and an a la carte but can mix and match. Were warmly greeted on arrival on a cold winters evening. Service was very pleasant and professional. Had the... More 

1 Thank MikeBirdman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$93
French, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: One Forbury Square 1 The Forbury, Reading RG1 3BB, England
  • Public Transportation: 5 minutes walk from the train station. 5 minutes walk from oracle shopping center Recommended taxi firm Top Cars 01189442222.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 957 4044
Forbury's Restaurant is situated in the central square of a modern development opposite Forbury Garden in the centre of Reading; it has achieved many positive reviews since it opened along with a recommendation from Michelin since 2005, two AA Rosettes and inclusion in Harden's Top Ten Restaurants for 2007. The restaurant has been created by Xavier Le-Bellego whose name has become associated with fine food and dining.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?