This December, Rarebreed Dining will launch their third and flagship site, The Corn Stores in Reading (10 Forbury Road). Having been sympathetically restored this Victorian listed building will boast a large ground-floor bar and a restaurant on the second floor. Unique to this site will be the top floor Members’ Lounge, exclusively for those signing up to the Rarebreed membership club, Rare.
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 cuts of beef from the best suppliers in Northern England and Scotland. All steaks will be finished with an aged beef dripping and chargrilled on the red-hot Robata Grill. The seasonal menu includes sharing platters such as The Rarebreed Board with smoked ox cheek, bone marrow flatbread, beef sliders, chicken liver parfait, and beef and pepper sausages made in-house. The menu also features a key signature dishes such as the Rarebreed Wagyu Burger, made entirely from wagyu-angus beef from Highland Wagyu in Scotland with Ogleshield cheese and tart tomato chutney. Their Surf and Turf is the perfect dish for sharing; a board of a whole lobster, smoky T-bone steak, pork tomahawk, hand-cut chips and salad.
The Corn Stores continues to promote British suppliers in their drinks menu too. The 100 cover bar will feature a carefully curated list of cocktails and spirits championing British brands such as Copper Rivet gin from Kent and the award winning Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines. Brewery fresh lager by Meantime will also be pumped from their newly installed Meantime tanks, making for the ultimately hoppy, refreshing beer.
Co-owner, Sarahjayne has worked tirelessly with local architects Quadrant Design to ensure the interiors of The Corn Stores will embrace its history and heritage. 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. Meanwhile original elements of the building such as the unique lift mechanism, flagstone floors and exposed beams will remain intact.
As a thriving business hub, Reading will be welcoming its first member’s club, Rare, giving cardholders exclusive access to the 60 cover lounge at the top of The Corn Stores. Whether for a working lunch or casual drinks with friends, the relaxing and elegant space aims to be a home from home with a community of like-minded people. Rare will be offering members exclusive perks across the Rarebreed Dining venues such as bringing and storing your own wine, attending exclusive member events and hosting private events, and to be part of the extended Rarebreed family with an extra personal service.
Rarebreed Dining are proud to open the doors to this historical building and to bring the bold and energetic concept to Reading. From the dry aged steaks and home-smoked salmon to exceptional service and stunning interiors, The Corn Stores will be sure to make its mark on the Reading dining scene.