The Thames Lido Bar and Restaurant is an exciting new food destination on the banks of the Thames in the city of Reading was opened to critical acclaim in November 2017. Executive chef Freddy Bird prides himself on a relaxed and unpretentious dining experience in a highly unique setting created by the grade 2 listed building and outdoor pool. Freddy's daily changing menu draws on Spanish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food influences to deliver sharing dishes packed full of flavour and cooked over fire. Freddy designed his open kitchen to show off the wood burning ovens and bespoke charcoal grill - only to add to the sense of theatre and fun that this unusual restaurant offers. Freddy will create a bespoke Bird Food experience for BBC Good Food readers with a 5-course no-menu sharing experience where food is brought to a long banquet style sharing table. The menu will include a number of Freddy's signature dishes including a wood-roast scallops, fish stew cooked over fire, Iberico pork from the charcoal grill all served with a selection of unusual Spanish wines.
A complementary sparkling Albariño will be served to all guests on arrival, a handpicked Spanish wines will be available to select with the meal and a complementary glass of sherry will accompany the sweet course.
Freddy trained under Phil Howard at his Michelin-starred restaurant The Square before moving to Moro where his love of cooking over fire was born. He launched the restaurant at The Lido in Bristol in 2008 which has since won awards including best restaurant in West Country in the The Observer Food Monthly Awards.