The County town of Reading is just west of London and is the capital of the county of Berkshire. It is a large town set on the River Thames. It is a lively place popular with London commuters and young families. It hosts the annual Reading music festival and there are many social amenities in the town with bars and restaurants springing up all of the time.
Family orientated Caversham is home to the most popular eatery in the town. According to Trip Advisor, Whittington’s tea bar is the best place to eat in Reading. With over 300 positive reviews the barge, moored in Christchurch Meadows in Caversham, serves hot and cold food throughout the Spring and Summer months. All of the food is sourced locally and home cooked with their cream teas being particularly popular. You can also hire the barge for a private party and have it take you up the River Thames while you dine.
Just across the park from Whittington’s, on Caversham Road, is the Moderation pub. The food in the Moderation is Thai fusion and very popular at the weekends. Once a seedy pub with a questionable reputation ,the menu now includes dishes such as pad thai and various curries but they also serve a wonderful Thai inspired buffet. With a great wine selection and very attentive staff, the Moderation, is an eatery that is gaining popularity with Reading residents.
The majority of the restaurants and cafes in the centre of Reading are located at the Oracle shopping centre next to the canal. Big chain eateries located there include Wagamama’s, Jamie Oliver, Yo Sushi and Zizzi’s. The most popular with parents of young children is Giraffe which is also on the Quay area in the Oracle shopping centre.
Giraffe is a chain of latin fusion restaurants which specialise in family friendly environments. They’re restaurants are decked out in colourful balloons and they give the children drawing and colouring sets to keep them occupied. The menu is very child friendly along with the ambience and the place is always busy with families at the weekend.
The final establishment in Reading that deserves a mention is the Bell and Dragon. Based in a former biscuit factory, the Bell and Dragon, is also on the waterfront of the Kennet and Avon canal about 10 minutes outside of the town centre. Along with hosting wedding receptions and private parties it also runs events like regular cocktail master classes.
The food consists of an array of British classics often with an unusual twist designed by group chef, Ronnie Kimbugwe. Along with cocktails they also stock and extensive array of wines from around the world. Along with Whittington’s this is another highly recommended eatery in Reading.
There really is an endless selection of places to eat in the Reading and surrounding areas. With food choices to suit all palates and price ranges you really are spoilt for choice. We hope you’ve enjoyed our short guide and encourage you to try out some of the places that we’ve reviewed here.