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Reading hotel serves up restaurant makeover

Crowne Plaza Reading Ribs
The restaurant and bar at Crowne Plaza Reading has reopened following a £300,000 refurbishment, boasting a brand new menu and state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.  
In conjunction with ADS Interior Design, Redefine|BDL Hotels and the team at Crowne Plaza Reading have transformed the space into a new 42-cover bar and 90-cover restaurant area.


The contemporary design and flexible seating creates the perfect casual dining experience and relaxed atmosphere.  

The fully refitted restaurant, which is part of the hotel operated by Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s largest independent hotel management company, has opened under the new name ‘Riverside’, paying homage to the hotel’s location, nestled on the banks of the River Thames.  

The bar and restaurant caters perfectly for working lunches, relaxed afternoon teas and dinners, boasting a Smoke BBQ menu inspired by the kitchen’s truly state-of-the-art new piece of cooking equipment – The Big Green Egg.  

Renowned in the culinary world for getting the best out of high quality cuts of meat, the intensely heated, ceramic indoor barbecue is responsible for producing the majority of dishes on Riverside’s brand new, fresh, seasonal menu.  

As well as a wide selection of dishes from the grill, the menu created by head chef, Ramneek Chugh, features well-made family favourites, with flavours complemented by an exciting range of wines, craft beers, signature cocktails and Starbucks coffee.  

Julie Harper, Head of Food & Beverage at Redefine|BDL Hotels, said: “These day people are looking for a place they can get online and stay connected, eat at any time of the day, or simply relax with a coffee – exactly what we’ve created in Riverside.   

“The interiors, service style and menu concept have been influenced by casual all-day dining – a huge global trend. We really wanted to have a story behind the Riverside menu and bring in new cooking methods, so we are excited to be the first hotel restaurant in the area to introduce the cutting edge Big Green Egg to its kitchen. It’s at the very centre of the menu.”   

David Willmott, general manager at Crowne Plaza Reading, said: “We’re exceptionally proud to launch the new restaurant, and thrilled to introduce a new cooking method which brings a new dimension to the menu. The Big Green Egg draws out the natural flavours from meat and fish which are perfectly complemented by chef’s range of barbecue sauces and rubs.  

“Ramneek and the rest of the kitchen team have put together a fresh and varied menu that will appeal to all of our guests and visitors. In particular, the carefully crafted house specials of smoked brisket chilli and buttermilk cornbread are fantastic.  

“We look forward to welcoming guests and visitors from the surrounding area to Riverside to enjoy the extensive range of food and drink on offer.”

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