The Corn Stores in Reading will open this December, the third and soon to be flagship site from Rarebreed Dining. Rarebreed Dining own and operate The Plough Inn in nearby Cobham and The Shurlock Inn also in Reading.
The Victorian listed building has been sympathetically restored by the group and will boast a large ground-floor bar, a steak restaurant on the second floor and a members’ lounge on the top floor – a first for Reading.
The 100 cover, all-day-dining 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 stunning cuts of beef from the best suppliers in Northern England and Scotland. All steaks will be marinated with their secret rub and chargrilled on the Robata Grill. Signature dishes include the Rarebreed Wagyu Burger, made entirely from wagyu-angus beef from Highland Wagyu in Scotland and their Surf and Turf, a board of Lobster meat, T-bone steak, pork tomahawk, hand-cut chips, and salad.
Not limited to the food menu, British drinks suppliers will take centre stage. The drinks menu in the 100 cover bar will feature a carefully curated list of cocktails and spirits using British brands. 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 relaxing and elegant space will be ideal for working or socialising alongside exceptional food and cocktails, anytime of the day. 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 building has been thoughtfully restored to leave original elements of the building such as the wonderful 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.