Up at The Harvester restaurant on Liebenrood Road, Reading, Iain and I chose a fine picnic table from where we could watch children playing ball and the sun glisten on golden beer. I strolled across the lawn and caught a game of cricket in action.
We ordered from The Harvester’s vegetarian-friendly menu. Iain had jambalaya and I enjoyed stuffed mushrooms.
We couldn’t help but notice that the couple who arrived after us finished their meal before ours arrived. We mentioned this to the staff, and after a couple enquiries they realised they had lost our ticket. Nonetheless, they comped a round and the food arrived about 5 minutes later, so that was all good.
Plus, it gave us a chance to visit the all-you-can-eat salad bar buffet about 3 times each. That’s probably my favourite part of visiting The Harvester. The salad buffet comes with every main. And it includes fresh veg, wheat or white rolls, cold pasta and more.
Did you know? The Harvester lists how many calories are in each salad dressing, and they also include a calorie count for the menu mains. Of course, it would be more ideal if they added the fat content — because that’s probably where the real story’s at — but at least they seem more nutrition-conscious than most restaurants!
The mains are quite affordable, starting at under £6. It’s a surprising treat for a restaurant operating inside the lovely, 18th Century cream mansion on the hill. Once you’ve filled your belly, you may enjoy a downhill stroll to Benjamin Child’s heart-shaped pond where ducks toodle and birds flap.
An afternoon at The Harvester, with a sunny stroll across Prospect Park, is the best way to enjoy a feeling of austerity and lazy summer satisfaction in Berkshire.
What do you think? Have you visited The Harvester?
The Harvester at Prospect Park, Reading
The Mansion House
Telephone: 0118 950 5125
The Harvester opening times:
Monday to Sunday: 11am – 11pm
Bank holidays: Noon to 11pm (10.30pm Good Friday)
Christmas Day: 11am to 2pm
Monday to Saturday: Noon to 10pm (9.30pm Good Friday, 6.30pm Christmas Day, 9pm Boxing Day)
Sunday: 11am to 10pm