“ Address: Milton Road / Wokingham / Berkshire / England „
It was our eighth wedding anniversary yesterday and when my husband asked me where I wanted to go to celebrate I thought it would be nice to go back to the place we actually got married. We had a civil ceremony at Cantley House Hotel in Wokingham and attached to the hotel is Milton's Restaurant where last night we spent a lovely evening reminiscing over the last eight years.
The hotel and restaurant are in a lovely setting just on the outskirts of Wokingham in large beautiful grounds. The restaurant is set in a private courtyard and some people were even opting to eat outside! The restaurant itself is a lovely old building with exposed beams and brickwork. It's very inviting as you go in as there are a number of very comfortable leather sofas where you can have a drink before your meal or finishing up your evening sitting there with coffee.
As it was a Wednesday evening, the restaurant was not exceptionally busy. Even if it had been though, the tables are set far enough apart to ensure a degree of privacy. I think this is very important when you are out for a meal and I have been to places where I have almost felt I was part of the next table's party!
The staff at Milton's were very friendly and helpful. As soon as we arrived we were offered drinks and menus. Our food orders were taken reasonably quickly without us feeling hurried and there was never too long a wait for the food.
The menu at Milton's is interesting with a range of dishes suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. There were about eight choices of starter, about a dozen main courses and then a further six desserts plus ice creams and cheeses. I like the fact that all the dishes were described well so there were no hidden surprises. I'm a bit of a fussy eater and it's very easy for a meal to be ruined for me when it turns up with some strange sauce of embellishment that I was not expecting. The menus are apparently changed on a regular basis and it was good to note that they tend to make good use of local products such as Barkham Blue Cheese and the Cantley Sausage which is made by a local farmer.
There was a good variety on the menu last night. As a starter I had a delicious watercress and leek soup and my husband had Chicken breast and buffalo mozzarella
pan-fried in a chilli butter finished with a spicy mayonnaise dressing. He said it was excellent but this was one of the dishes that I chose not to have based on the precise description, not being a lover of spicy food! Other choices included salmon, duck, tiger prawns and a vegetarian tart. The starters did tend to be a little bit pricey ranging from £5.25 to £9.75.
Our main courses were just as tasty. I chose a vegetable tart topped with mixed herbs set on a rich cheese sauce. This was also very nice although the pastry was a bit on the heavy side. My husband had a rack of lamb served with poached baby leeks with a port jus. This was very tender and delicious. There is also a note on the menu saying that all meat will be cooked to pink unless you ask otherwise. My husband wanted it done just a little more than this and when it came out it was near perfect! We really enjoyed these meals, which also came with side dishes of potatoes and vegetables.
Unfortunately, I was defeated by the dessert menu but my husband had a slice of marbled chocolate cheesecake of which I had a sneaky bite and it was lovely. Neither too heavy or rich. It was decorated with chocolate sauce which the chef had very carefully drizzled over the plate in order to spell out 'Miltons'!
All of the food we ate was really good. It was quite a rich menu but the portions were not too large to be off putting and all the food was really well presented. We rounded off our evening with coffee sitting on those comfortable sofas that I mentioned earlier. There was such a lovely atmosphere that we could have easily stayed there for longer and we did not feel hurried at all.
Overall, we had a really lovely anniversary meal at Milton's. The food was excellent, the service very good and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It is quite expensive to eat there though, but for a special occasion it is really good - and every one deserves a treat once in a while!
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It certainly is a restaurant I would recommend especially if you have a special occasion to celebrate.
Serving modern English fare in a relaxed, modern setting.