Unrivalled access to London and scenic village settings means that living in Twyford is a popular choice for many. Twyford might just be the place for you if you're looking for a slightly slower pace of life than a city or large town.
The Berkshire village offers an escape from the hustle and bustle while still being within close proximity to London, Reading and Maidenhead. And there’s plenty of restaurants, cafés and independent shops to enjoy too. Embrace the community and an idyllic slice of village life whilst living in Twyford.
La Fontana Restaurant & Wine Bar
La Fontana Restaurant & Wine Bar is the place to go for scrumptious delights and has been a staple in the Twyford community for more than 20 years. Run by a local couple, the restaurant serves up brunch, lunch and dinner treats in the form of tapas, pizza, salads, meat and seafood grill.
The decoration is light and bright, with interior brick walls that help create a relaxing setting. You'll get a welcoming atmosphere at La Fontana Restaurant & Wine Bar, as well as top-notch food and great wine.
Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre
Make some new friends at Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre, which has a collection of hawks, falcons and owls. You can get up close and personal with the birds, whether it’s with a half-day bird of prey experience or owl handling.
Meeting the birds also provides an educational experience, and you’ll learn all about their behaviours and other interesting tidbits. Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre is a great day out for the family and anyone who wants to learn more about these birds of prey.
The Mill at Sonning
The Mill at Sonning is a former mill house that now provides bucket loads of entertainment for those living in Twyford. Watch theatre, comedy and music shows before grabbing a bite to eat at The Mill’s restaurant.
The building was converted from an 18th-century flour mill and received a conservation award by The Times newspaper and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. But what really matters is the entertainment, and there's plenty. From comedy nights to local productions, there's always something going on at The Mill.
Charvil Country Park
Enjoy the fresh air at Charvil Country Park, which is spread over 185 acres. Go for a wander and soak up the scenery with restored lakes, grasslands, scrub and woodland. The park is rich in wildlife and features two nationally rare plants: Loddon Lily and Loddon Pondweed.
It’s also popular with birdwatchers, thanks to the diverse wintering wildfowl and an active heronry. Stroll the pleasant open spaces, lose yourself in the woodlands or spot a bird or two at Charvil Country Park.
Find at Park Lane, Reading RG10 9TY
The Oracle, Reading
Shop the day away at The Oracle, Reading’s premier shopping centre. Twyford’s Berkshire location means it's just under six miles from Reading, and only a four-minute train ride away. So you’ll be there in no time.
There are more than 100 stores to browse, including Apple, Zara and House of Fraser. After some serious retail therapy, grab a bite to eat at one of the 20-plus restaurants and then catch a flick at the on-site Vue cinema.
Tuck into tasty pub grub at Burattas, where food is freshly prepared and there is a range of local ales to sample. Everyone needs a favourite local, and if you’re living in Twyford, Burattas could well be the spot.
Expect to find traditional pub delights on the menu, such as lunchtime sandwiches, beer-battered fish and chips and pie of the day. There's even an antique shop in the pub that stocks vintage, quirky and unusual items.
Find at Ruscombe Lane, Reading RG10 9JN
Phone no: 0118 934 5190
Find at @BurattasAtTheRoyalOak
Stanlake Park Wine Estate
Fancy a spot of wine tasting? Then get yourself down to Stanlake Park Wine Estate, where you can taste some of the best red and whites around. Sip away from a selection of white, rose, red and traditional method English sparkling wine in grand, scenic settings.
Vineyard wine tours are friendly and informal, and you don't need any previous wine-tasting experience to make the most of them. An experienced guide will teach you all the know-how so that you can become a wine aficionado.
Mercy In Action Boutique Charity Shop
Twyford has a delightful village vibe with plenty of quaint boutique shops. So browse the high street and enjoy a selection of those stores, such as Mercy In Action Boutique Charity Shop. Find a gem or two from a range of stylish second-hand clothes.
Even better, all proceeds go towards helping to alleviate the suffering of children living in poverty in the Philippines. So not only are you buying a snazzy garment; your money is going to a good cause too.
Find at 4 Wargrave Road, Twyford, Reading RG10 9PG
Phone no: 0118 934 9145
Living in Twyford
Twyford is the perfect getaway from the big-city lights of London and the hustle and bustle of Maidenhead. And yet, you don't need to detach yourself from the action should you wish to embrace it. A combination of great travel links, scenic village setting and strong community makes living in Twyford a certified option, no matter your tastes.
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