This one-time Great Western Rail Hotel was the brainchild of Victorian engineering svengali Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Originally built in 1844, this hotel is reputedly the oldest surviving rail hotel in the world. This overnight home to dignitaries like Sir Winston Churchill was tragically gutted by a fire in the 1960s then subsequently used as office space right up until 2005. Continuing the rail theme, the brasserie and bar has framed photos of steam trains and bridges, but this is not for anoraks. This is everything you would expect from Malmaison. Dark, sexy interiors, innovative design, unusual artwork, funky furniture and lots of hints to remind you of the building's history. The brasserie is inspired by the classic French idea but given a modern twist by Head Chef Andrew Holmes. Simple classic dishes prepared with passion using ethically produced local ingredients at very reasonable prices. Sample great tasting cuisine, passionately prepared with ethically produced, locally sourced ingredients. Be waited on by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people. Whether dining with friends, for business lunches or a romantic dinner for two this is the perfect place. Malmaison Reading has two private dining rooms both featuring classically styled décor with a Mal twist and can cater for up to 40 people. Perfect for intimate parties you can choose a menu to suit the occasion and relax in elegant surroundings. Chez Mal Brasserie is open for breakfast and dinner seven days a week, lunch Monday to Friday and Sunday Lunch.