We would love to share with you 10 of the top local haunts we use regularly to keep our creative minds inspired and PR brains functioning. Enjoy!
Huzzah! Cool, day club vibes right on our doorstep at Coppa Club in Sonning; our chosen venue for our bi-annual PR Summit. Situated in a stunning riverside setting, guests can relax outside on one of the many Instagram-worthy Coppa Club deck chairs, partake in a revitalising yoga session on the lawn and sample the vast and delicious selection of unfussy European food including superfood salads, grilled fish and decadent sharing plates. You can even, after a Bellini or two, stay the night at the adjoining Great House Hotel. Coppa Club is an ideal location for meetings and remote working offering a seamless wi-fi connection, plug sockets and freshly-roasted coffee. From personal experience, may I also add that they offer one of the best Aperol Spritzes around 😉
In the Winter, we choose to congregate around the roaring open fire of the cosy Bell Inn pub in Waltham St Lawrence – our favourite place to indulge in some cracking traditional pub grub and local ale. Set in the middle of a picturesque Berkshire village, this inviting tavern has ties dating back to the 14th Century and is renowned for its immense variety of local ales and real ciders & perries. We love the Happy Daze Scrumpy Cider and the homemade Pork Scratchings are to die for.
With a limited choice of places to grab a quick lunch on the go in Twyford, we are very lucky to have a great branch of Waitrose right on our doorstep. They have recently undergone a redesign and now offer a fantastic fresh sushi counter, where you can see your Sashimi being sliced and a working kitchen serving delicious dishes prepared daily including Beef Chilli Hot Pot, Falafel and Avocado on Toast.
When venturing into Reading we love Franco Manca pizzeria at the Oracle Riverside. Quoted by The Observer as ‘the best pizza in Britain’ Franco Manca offers affordable and great tasting straightforward pizza. Launched in 2008 from a stall in Brixton’s renowned street food market, Franco Manca has taken the pizza world by storm, with restaurants all over London and the South of England, offering a mouth-watering simplistic selection of baked sourdough pizzas using fresh, authentic ingredients, each for under a tenner. They keep the rest of the menu simple too, offering a small assortment of bites and side salads that exceedingly compliment your chosen pizza and include details of how they source the fresh produce used. I would say we have at least a few pizza connoisseurs in the office and it’s a 10/10 from them!
Here at Little Red Rooster we live by the ethos work hard, play hard so after a busy week of taking over the world of PR, we love to let our hair down with a cocktail or two from this smashing addition to Reading’s nightlife; Milk Bar. They offer a diverse selection of expertly crafted delectable cocktails from skilled mixologists and the vast range of spirits on offer is one of the best you will see in the town centre and boy, they certainly know their Rum. After work on a Friday this place is buzzing with like-minded individuals looking to party into the early hours and forget their weekly woes, and with unmissable drinks deals Monday to Friday from 4pm till 8pm, weekly comedy nights and fantastic music there’s no reason not to try it out this summer. See you at the bar!
When it’s time to show off our best moves we head to the mothership; The Purple Turtle in Reading. This unique venue is an institution in the town-centre and has hosted many a Little Red Rooster knees up, witnessing some of the dodgiest dancing in Berkshire. Throughout the week this is a great spot to catch a local live band, play some foosball and chill on the heated shisha terrace. At the weekend, you can see some of the best DJ’s in the south and dance the night away in the dungeon style basement.
Like the masses, we rely on a steady stream of caffeine to keep the Little Red Rooster cogs proactively turning and we are fortunate enough to have the UK’s friendliest Costa Coffee as our local caffeine provider in Twyford. Alex, Carmen and the team provide fantastic service with a smile and are always prepared to go the extra mile for their customers. They also do a cracking Cortado and a Lucy P special; hot chocolate with fudge sauce.
A jewel in the heart of Berkshire, Nirvana Spa in Sindlesham is our favourite destination to retreat away from a world of social media and PR campaigns. Currently undergoing an incredible transformation, the brand-new Colosseum Suite promises to be truly one of a kind. Unaffected by the ongoing development, this stunning health spa offers multiple facilities including hot ceramic stone loungers, personal steam chambers and the UK’s largest celestial flotation pool, each in idyllic blissful surroundings. Throughout the warmer months we love to make the most of the spectacular Spa Garden, where you can enjoy delicious food in the fresh woodland settings and sip bubbles whilst sinking into balmy hot mini-spas.
How do the Little Red Rooster boys keep their hair looking so slick, I hear you ask? It’s all thanks to The Barbers by the Station – a real gem in downtown Twyford. Jen and the team offer a superb men’s grooming service in air-conditioned surroundings and a fridge stocked full of beer – all within close-proximity of Twyford Station for ultimate ease.
No post would be complete without a final word from our favourite furry four-legged friend Keef, and today we learn the secret behind his signature silky mane. Naughty Mutt Nice is a fantastic local dog grooming parlour and boutique based in Henley-on-Thames, where the fabulous Karole and her team provide the ultimate premium pooch pampering. Everything from full grooming to ultrasonic tooth brushing is on offer including Keef’s favourite; the Menthol and Peppermint Mud Treatment – a refreshing antiseptic stimulant, ideal for reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.
We would love to hear about the local places you can’t live without! Drop us a comment below.