The Borough Wine Bar Maidenhead
*Press Trip* The Borough is a brand new wine and cocktail bar with restaurant situated at 15 Queen Street, Maidenhead. This stylish pub is set in the authentic wine and spirit merchant building, dating back to the 18th century. The Borough is set over three floors, and I was kindly invited to go along to visit and try out some delicious food – and a cocktail!
The Parlour Bar is the main bar on the ground floor. The blue interior, mixed with dark wood and original features makes it feel cosy and intimate – with stylish seating and decor. When I arrived (with my friend Tara) there was live music from swing artist, Mark Warner, covering songs from the Rat Pack era.
We were warmly welcomed (it is co owned by Con and Jacob and Con was front of house for the evening) and presented with the menu, drinks list and wine list. We sat towards the back of the bar, close to the wine room, filled with over 100 carefully picked wines.
Food at The Borough, Maidenhead
We chose from the selection of small plates on the menu – which are tapas-style dishes. I chose the queen scallops with gremolata and Tara went with the hung yogurt with pomegranate, ezme (a Turkish condiment) and crisp bread. We shared the dishes and they were amazing.
We followed our small plates with a cheese board, which was served with a selection of luxury crackers and oat cakes, cider pickled onions, quince jelly (which was delicious) and tomato and onion chutney. And we enjoyed an aperol spritz to go with it all.
There are also bar snacks available, sharing baked camembert or charcuterie boards. Plus there are oysters served on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. And when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Upstairs at The Borough
I was given a bit of a tour of the place whilst we were there. On the first floor is a stunning room with original features and fireplace, named The Library Restaurant for an intimate dining experience. It wasn’t quite finished when I visited, but it will be a sixteen seat restaurant which an A La Carte and Tasting menu, which will be changed three times a year, by chef Warren Hellier.
On the next floor up are three small rooms for private events – The Cubby, Boardroom and Snug Room. The rooms can be hired individually or as the entire floor.
Currently, The Borough bar opening hours are Tuesdays – Thursdays 5pm – 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm – midnight and closed Sundays and Mondays.
Find out more by visiting The Borough’s website.