British food and drinks take centre stage at The Corn Stores

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Reading is welcoming The Corn Stores, a new all-day dining restaurant, bar and members’ club which champions British suppliers.

Set to open in December, the venue is the third and soon-to-be flagship site from Rarebreed Dining.

The three-storey Victorian listed building, located on Fornbury Road, has been sympathetically restored by the group and will boast a large bar, steak restaurant and members’ lounge.

The 100 cover restaurant will be overseen by group chef Director John Sparks. Rarebreed Dining showcase British meats in all of their sites and The Corn Stores will be no exception.

Dry ager fridges will display cuts of beef from top suppliers in Northern England and Scotland and all steaks will be marinated with a secret rub and chargrilled on the Robata Grill.

The Corn Stores’ signature dishes include the Rarebreed Wagyu Burger, made entirely from wagyu-angus beef from Highland Wagyu in Scotland, and the Surf and Turf, a board of Lobster meat, T-bone steak, pork tomahawk, hand-cut chips, and salad.

British drinks suppliers will take also take centre stage. The drinks menu in the bar will feature a list of cocktails and spirits using British brands such as Copper Rivet Gin from Kent and English sparkling wines such as Nyetimber. Brewery-fresh lager will also be pumped from the newly installed Meantime tanks.

Rare, the group’s inaugural membership scheme, will give card holders exclusive access to the 60 cover lounge at the top of The Corn Stores. The space will is described as ideal for working or socialising.

Rare members will also enjoy perks across Rarebreed Dining venues such as a service which allows you to bring and store your own wine, attend exclusive member events and host events themselves, and to be part of their extended family with an extra personal service.

As well as championing suppliers, the team will showcase the heritage of the warehouse through the interiors and design.

The site has been restored to leave original elements of the building such as the lift mechanism, original brickwork, and exposed beams.

Influenced by the Victorian trade routes of its era, design features will include bold florals, foliage aplenty and exotic punctualities from British designers including Matthew Williamson and Emma J Shipley.

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