The Stables at Cantley

4.1
5 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Treat your taste buds to a scrumptious dinner, lunch, afternoon tea or brunch in our characterful 17th century converted stable barn.

We believe in serving simple, modern British cuisine. No frills, no fuss or tiny portions - just awesome food cooked to perfection.

Housed in a 17th century converted stable barn with exposed beams, inviting log burner and secluded courtyard garden adorned with festoon lighting, The Stables exudes personality and warmth as well as offering a delicious all-day dining menu fit for any foodie. Our menu celebrates everything English & features classic dishes such as Homemade Scotch Eggs, Pork Belly, Braised Lamb Shoulder & our signature Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Al Fresco Dining is also available in our secluded courtyard garden - large parasols will be provided outdoors in case of any inclement weather.

Located only minutes away from the bustling town centres of Wokingham, Bracknell & Reading.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overpriced food, the new layout has lost the ambiance it had before with the lower level now removed .

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VelzS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal here with Family the evening before lockdown began. Food was incredible, the staff were lovely and the new restaurant looks amazing! Big thank you to Maria, Rashvan and Nadia for being so welcoming.

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EmmCee
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We-four of us- enjoyed our first visit to the newly opened Stables. Well laid out and decorated room. Nice touch with the layout in the form of stalls in a stable
Service fine as there were four of us. Not sure if reaction would be quite the same if as a single or a couple.
Food very good, it is a quality versus quantity decision, We appreciated the former, and our friends although initially a bit concerned at the quantity on the plate for the main course, were very satisfied on both counts at the end of the meal.

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JLH123
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was presented nicely but wasnt prepared to a high enough standard for the price paid and was not warm enough. No weekly lunch menu also staff didnt seem very friendly.

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JoannaC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the stables on Tuesday just before lockdown, we were very impressed, lovely food, nice atmosphere and a overall really lovely place! We can’t wait to go back once we are all allowed out again.
Highly recommend a visit, you will not be disappointed.

The reviews below were submitted before October 28th 2020, when this restaurant changed its chef.
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SpencerA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All covid measures in place, warm greetings and taken to our spaced out table. Food and service was excellent and we were not rushed in any way.

Overall a great evening

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Kazz
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Good food . No atmosphere and cold in dining room. Maybe some warm lighting , interior design and bit more heat would help. Music could be a bit more upbeat as it was quite depressing . We had money off our mains which was great but a service charge of £9 was added which was a bit much. Such a shame as we were really looking forward to supporting our local hotel and business but left feeling very disappointed. Sadly we won’t be back.

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WayneP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent - lovely venue, would recommend.

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EH21
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miltons at Cantley House is a lovely venue for a meal out. The service was was good and the food was excellent.

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MattH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice hotel with a pleasant atmosphere. The food, especially the starters, was very tasty. The waiters were good but one of them was not wearing their mask properly. The other odd thing was receiving a pint of bitter and table water in plastic cups. We paid £80 for two starters, two mains and three drinks which again seemed a little bit of the expensive side. We enjoyed it but there are definitely better valued options out there.

JC
JoanneC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Overall quite good but slow service at the start and the steak was overcooked

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JohnO
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Sunday menu was a bit limited but the overall quality of the food was good. Although I rated the restaurant as quiet, when we first arrived, there was a family with two children who did raise the noise level a little. The Covid precautions were acceptable although one waiter did not have his nose covered with a mask. We have enjoyed Cantley for many years but were disappointed to hear that the emphasis was moving from fine dining to more family oriented dining to serve the new housing estates. We will continue to visit but for those 'special' occasions it sounds as if we are going to have to try to find an alternative.

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MandyES
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely food, nice place and good service. Would recommend.

PE
PaulE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food in stunning setting. Service was outstanding. Didn’t really see the point of the piped music, but otherwise absolutely flawless.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch. I had lamb and it was truly amazing. I never had lamb like this before, tender and full of flavours.
We will definitely be back

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Pauld
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

very nice sunday lunch in the garden would reccomend

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MaryC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very long wait for food. Main course ok. My husband is gluten free and had to leave the batter. Some restaurants are now doing GF fish and chips. No choice of GF puddings. I had sticky toffee which is about the worst one I have ever had. Think it may have been cooked in the microwave. It was rubbery. Waiter and waitress were lovely. It wasn't their fault.

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for your feedback. I am surprised at your harsh rating, since we both offer a wide range of gluten free items on the menu and our Sticky Toffee pudding is one of the most popular deserts. Our Pastry Chef is renowned for the desserts we offer and clearly something must have gone wrong with your pudding for which I apologise. I have passed your comments on to the Chef.

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OpenTable Diner
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was fantastic. There were clear Covid measures in place. Overall a great experience. & I drove from London to try the food.

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DanielleA
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely venue. Great food
Long wait for Main nearly 40 mins wasn’t busy

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OpenTable Diner
East Lothian
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for colleagues to get together for a work catch up and still keep to social distancing. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, great service, fantastic night 👍

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YMCN
London
37 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our Sunday lunch at Cantley House was delicious. It really was one of the best Sunday roasts I have had in a long time. However, the wine list was a huge let down with a choice of three wines, all of which were not great. The house white was terrible and we could not even finish one glass, let alone a whole bottle. I could not recommend this restaurant to someone who prefers wine with their lunch rather than beer or spirits.

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WendyB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly and had light music playing in the background. Food was exceptional and will definitely go back again.

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Sali
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and great price, took a some time to come out, not ages and we took it as a good sign that the food was freshly made

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AlisonL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely intimate restaurant with a very nice ambience.

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vipgemini0806
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We rembered going here befire. Restaurant is in a separate outbuilding to the hotel. No ambiance at all. Far too quiet. Only other diners were probably residents and very few of them anyway. Hardly any wines. Food was good generally though. After dinner liquers served in plastic cups!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very good food at very reasonable prices.
Will definitely be back!

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GemmaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service during Eat Out to Help Out. I was very impressed and the food was lovely

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SandroL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Booked as a surprise for my girlfriends birthday and the food was lukewarm at best.

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Phyllis
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Initially we were seated and weren’t given any menus at all. We waited for a fair amount of time before flagging a staff member down to assist us. This would be the only thing I could find any fault with at all. After this we were served promptly and our food was outstanding. The baked Camembert and pork belly were just amazing, I would definitely recommend them

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 28 August 2020

Thank you for your constructive feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed our food and service. We are looking to improve the initial greeting process in the courtyard to avoid delays. We hope to see you again soon.

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JayneH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Visited as part of the eat out help out scheme. Service was certainty not provided with a smile and slightly surprised no masks worn by waiting staff. Food was really nice and made more reasonably priced by government discount otherwise was a bit expensive for small portions ( I had 10 chips and no salad with my steak). Only major annoyance was 12.5% service charge, for no service, added to bill rather than optionally added on payment. I had after all to beg for salt to add to my chips and was never offered another drink for this supposed premium service ! We paid tip, although we could have had removed, but don’t think I’ll return.

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 28 August 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed our food. We employ a top chef and all our produce is freshly made on the day from local suppliers. This is reflected in prices which are in line with many other good quality gastro pubs. It is a common practice that the optional service charge is automatically added on to the bill. As you can appreciate, service charge goes to all restaurant staff including chefs and porters who work extremely hard to provide best food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, very pleasant staff, restaurant very busy so service a little slow but a 5 star experience.

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 28 August 2020

Thank you ever so much for your great review. This means a lot to the team. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Vict
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

No atmosphere inside. Plastic glasses for drinking? Why when using proper plates and cutlery. Not cheap but ok as used dove out to help out

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 22 August 2020

Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service. Our restaurant is currently being refurbished, therefore seating is mainly outside or in the Briar that normally is the venue for parties and weddings. Covid rules imposed by the Government make it difficult for hospitality business to operate. The disposable cups, paper napkins, disposable menus, salt, pepper and sugar in sachets are the measures to comply with Covid rules.

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Rolycat
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing although it could have been a bit hotter. Beautifully presented.
We were a bit concerned about the precautions against Covid 19. We expected the staff to have gloves on and offer our drinks to us on a tray ,not handle the glasses themselves. The menus were just handed to us or put on the table. We did not feel uncomfortable but would have preferred to see more precautions being taken. Credit cards handled too.
Difficult times for all . The food made up for everything else.

The Stables at Cantley
Responded on 22 August 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you have enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Somehow, we are disappointed that you have only rated us 3 out 5. With regards to covid measures, our staff frequently wash and sanitise their hands. Also, all soft drinks and beer are served in disposable cups. Even the menus are freshly printed and used once only. There is no requirement for staff to wear masks and as you can imagine it is incredibly uncomfortable and you would not see staff smile.

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AlisonH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening meal, didn’t know what to expect as this was the first time we have been out for dinner since COVID, service was great, friendly staff the food was excellent, would definitely recommend and go back again.

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ChrisF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely evening in the pretty courtyard. Enjoyed the food. Very tasty!

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craig11
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Enjoyed food and good service!

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NicciE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Maria was very helpful she had to cover all the tables on her own. Would book again Thanks

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SarahB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food that was good value for money. Excellent measures in place that made us feel very comfortable and safe eating here- we will be back again soon!

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GaynorB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, although some portions were a bit small.
Very good service, lovely courtyard setting.

FAQs

The Stables at Cantley is rated 4.1 stars by 5 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.