Restaurants and Pubs
Henley-on-Thames and Reading have become regional destinations for eating and drinking where you're bound to be spoilt for choice. In nearby Henley: Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse has an unparalleled riverside setting and superb cuisine... for gastropub dining try The Little Angel or The Three Tuns -or- for something a touch more exotic, The Spice Merchant. There's an array of restaurants in the Berkshire countryside including Anthony Worrall Thompson's renowned The Greyhound in Rotherfield Peppard.
There's a great selection of restaurants & pubs within walking distance of Copperfields - read on...
Places to eat and drink nearby
In Wargrave we recommend both The St George & Dragon and The Bull in the High Street for light bites and classic favourites. The Hawali, also on the High Street, is listed in The Telegraph as one 'Britain's Top 20 Indian Restaurants'... need we say more!
A recent addition to Wargrave is Weir Grove, quickly gaining a reputation for their Sunday Roast. For the perfect coffee and cake visit The Old Post Office or for country pub dining, just a few minutes away on Crazies Hill, you'll find The Horns, with a selection of local ale and homemade dishes.
One of our favourite places to visit in Wargrave is The Local Larder - located on the banks of The Thames with an award-winning farm shop and deli offering the very best of local produce. There are tasty treats, from sausage rolls and scotch eggs to homemade chocolates, cakes and ice creams. Grab a Fairtrade tea or coffee or take home some local, grass fed, free range meat. We love their hampers packed with the best in locally produced food and luxurious products - the perfect Berkshire gift.
What to See & Do
Copperfields is the perfect base to explore the wealth of towns, villages and countryside of Berkshire.
With so many places to visit, you can easily forget you're on London’s doorstep. This romantic county is renowned for its connections with the Royal Family, the River Thames meandering along the northern edge and its many beautiful gardens. The area also has 44 golf courses, a number of them being world-class. We've listed a few highlights below.
This 13th century market town is one of the most beautiful towns in England. Henley enjoys a wonderful stretch of river with independent shops, brilliant pubs, numerous cafes and great restaurants, while throughout the summer it hosts renowned sporting events and festivals. A perfect place for a relaxing day by the river or that all-important shopping spree... and it's less than 10 minutes from Copperfields!
The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. An official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence. There's a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so allow enough time to make the most of your visit. We suggest between 2½ and 3 hours. Another tip... try to arrive after 11:30 when entrance to the castle is not quite so busy.
Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. Outside of Royal Ascot great racing takes place throughout the year, each raceday offering a unique theme. It’s a perfect family day out with free admission for all accompanied children under 18. Approx 30 mins drive.
Basildon Park House & Grounds
Basildon Park was blessed with a fascinating past under the ownership of notable families, culminating in 1950s glamour with Lord & Lady Iliffe before being gifted to the National Trust. The house isn’t the only star of the show – it’s surrounded by 400 acres of parkland where you can lose yourself in classic English landscape. Both Downton Abbey and Pride & Prejudice were filmed here.
Welford Park near Newbury is another lovely Berkshire stately home, built in 1652. It is most famous for its breathtaking snowdrop woods open from 1st February until early March. Great British Bake Off fans may also recognise Welford Park – the show has been filmed here for two years.
Marlow is a delightful Georgian town, on a beautiful stretch of the Thames. It's surrounded by the Chiltern Hills which are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Famous for its 19th century suspension bridge, Marlow is an ideal place to visit... enjoy walking along the river, in the surrounding countryside or browsing in the local shops.
Festivals, events & shows... see our diary:
PS: Wargrave Village Festival from 7 — 25 June 2017. See diary for more information.
Specially for Children
Berkshire is packed with adventure playgrounds, museums, galleries, family farms and heritage properties with country parks. We've listed a few favourite destinations your children will enjoy.
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Keep the kids busy at The Look Out with over 90 hands-on science and nature activities. Leave your shadow on the wall, make a mini animation, dam up "The Stream" and much more. At weekends and holidays there are shows on themes such as Superhero Science Show, Splash, and Bugs & Beasties! Plus a fantastic adventure play area, coffee shop and 1000 hectares of woodland to explore.
Go Ape Bracknell
Embrace the great outdoors and take a tour of Swinley forest aboard a Forest Segway or swing from the tree top canopies on Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure course with 5 sections and a total of 35 fun-tastic crossings. After a quick safety brief you and the kids can tackle one of their adventures and all the obstacles on offer while enjoying some seriously beautiful Berkshire scenery.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a theme park dedicated to children aged 3-12 years old (although we think 5-10 year olds will love it most). With over 55 rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Try to avoid the peak times unless you're prepared to queue. Advance booking is recommended... and it costs less!