The Royal Oak
Paley Street, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3JN
This pub is famous for several reasons – firstly, it’s part-owned by Michael Parkinson, secondly, his son Nick is the head chef, and won the restaurant a Michelin star. What’s more, just last year their sous-chef Craig Johnston won MasterChef the Professionals. Hopefully at least one of these facts should entice you to make the trip, but rest assured it will be well worth your trouble. They try to change the wine list as frequently as the chef’s menu here, which really excites us, so expect a lot of variation through the year! Oh, and Theresa May recently brought along French President, Emmanuel Macron, to show off the best of British dining. Who knows exactly what they discussed, but we know at least the food would’ve said enough.
Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4BP
Stephen Harris’s seaside restaurant has held a Michelin star since 2008, and has plenty to boast about. Harris, however, keeps things relaxed, describing his vision as serving ‘good food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere’. Tick, tick, tick from us – but don’t let good undersell what are truly exceptionally turned out plates of food. Even the bread and butter is famously delicious – the team at the Sportsman make salt from nearby seawater and hand-churn the butter to serve alongside sumptuous soda bread. When this much effort goes into something so simple, you can be confident that the rest of the locally sourced ingredients will sing a fine tune. The wine list is classic and manageably extensive, with something for every taste.