Hotel Review: Forbury Roseate, Reading, UK

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Offer your partner a regretful weekend divided in Reading and they’ll laugh. This commuter-belt city a half-hour sight float from London doesn’t make it into a tip 10 lists for brief transport getaways. But trust us, a Forbury Roseate is a dim gem.

The Forbury Roseate might good be “the UK’s sexiest townhouse hotel”. Built by a legislature in 1911, it is subsequent doorway to a town’s considerable building and overlooks a ancestral Forbury Gardens. Many of a building’s strange architectural facilities have been tenderly restored, and they are complemented by a confidant use of colour, strange artworks, and thespian textiles. If this hotel was in London or Paris, you’d have to book months in advance, though as it’s in Reading we during slightest have a possibility of a extemporaneous stay.

Who for?

If you’re time bad though wish a stylish city escape, a Forbury Roseate is it. Leaving London or Bristol on a Friday night after work, we can be checking in in an hour. The regretful hotel, glorious restaurant, and even a little cinema are all in one place. You can be totally idle and still give your date a night out to remember!


The Forbury is a boutique hotel with usually 23 bedrooms and suites, any one of that is individual. The engineer has a genuine eye for colour and texture, juxtaposing some dramatically printed wallpapers and textiles with some-more pale colours.

Forbury bedroom
Forbury bedroom

The seat too is a reduction of retro and contemporary pieces, heterogeneous though striking. Regular bedrooms have aristocrat sized beds, Egyptian string sheets, underfloor heating, and Molton Brown cosmetics.

For a genuine wow factor, opt for one of a Forbury’s suites. Treat yourself to a 4 print bed, giveaway hire copper bath, or even your possess steam room. The suites are positively huge, and a ancestral architectural accents embody Edwardian fireplaces, timber panelling, and outrageous cincture windows.


Forbury Roseate: cinema
Forbury Roseate: cinema (c) Bird Group

When was a final time we stayed in a boutique hotel with a possess cinema? Well, a Forbury Roseate has one that seats 30 people and they have a unchanging programme of classical films. You can also book it for private hire. There are is a accumulation of assembly and events bedrooms on a belligerent floor, and an appealing yard garden during a behind of a hotel.

Food and drink

Forbury Roseate: a Cellar dining room
Forbury Roseate: a Cellar dining room (c) Bird Group

A new Head Chef started during a Forbury’s Cerise grill this spring, and a word on a travel is that he’s not usually going to recover a hotel’s rosettes though that he’s also positioning Cerise for a Michelin star. We attempted a anniversary 7 march tasting menu (an impossibly reasonable £70, and £40 for booze flights) and it positively blew us away.

Highlights of a menu a night we dined enclosed blue cheese ice cream with smoked salmon and rhubarb, a many beautifully parched scallops interconnected with a scallop tartare, and a dessert where a colours, textures, and flavours seemed to rebound off one another. There was bitterly dim chocolate, matcha tea, and something greatly citrusy.

What’s nearby?

Forbury Gardens
Forbury Gardens (c) Juan J. Martínez

The Forbury takes a name from a Forbury Gardens, that are right opposite a street. Once partial of a Reading Abbey drift (the refuge now lies in hull during a finish of a street), this was where a Royalists built their castle during a Civil War. The Victorians converted a site into a pleasure garden, finish with bandstand, and on a summer’s day we can still lay and listen to a coronet bands play. It’s an halcyon mark in annoy of being right in a centre of a town.

A 10 notation travel from a hotel brings we to a River Thames. The Thames Path stretches a whole length of a river, and from Reading we can simply travel by a meadows to Sonning (home of George and Amal Clooney) or to Henley. There are copiousness of waterway boats moored along a way, and Whittington’s Tea Barge serves afternoon tea.

Is WiFi available?

WiFi is accessible for giveaway via a hotel.

Room rates

Rooms during The Forbury start from £145 per night, rising to £219 for dinner, bed, and breakfast for two.

Value for money

The Forbury offers glorious value for money, both in a room rates and in a restaurant. Room prices tumble serve during a weekends, that is good as it’s accurately when you’d many wish to visit.

Getting there

Reading is on a approach line from London Paddington, and a quick sight takes reduction than 30 minutes. It is afterwards a 5 notation travel from a hire to a hotel. By road, Reading is off a M4. Roads in a city centre can be undiluted though a hotel does have a tiny volume of private parking.

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