Restaurants in Reading: things to know before you go
From the best places to go for something special to hidden gems you may have missed, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently-asked questions about restaurants in Reading – and answered them here.
Which are the top-rated restaurants in Reading?
Reading offers you plenty of great food and drink options, serving up delicious dinners and tongue-tingling flavours all over town. Here are three of our favourites.
- Vibes Caribbean serves super delicious dishes (and cocktails!) packed with Caribbean flavours and spices, including jerk chicken done on a traditional oil drum. It has a sunny atmosphere to match the food, with reggae music playing in the background, bright wall art and an al fresco area for warm days.
- London Street Brasserie is a sophisticated restaurant in Reading town centre, serving modern British cuisine. It’s all about thoughtful, interesting food here, and you can expect dishes like Cornish red gurnard fillet with sauté cuttlefish, polenta cake, chargrilled green finger and cherry tomato fondue.
- Forbury’s is a great French restaurant operating as a hotel dining room. It’s roomy and relaxed, with an excellent wine list – the perfect place for entertaining clients and friends alike.
What are the best budget restaurants in Reading?
The town certainly has its share of fine dining, but those with an eye on their bank accounts have plenty of choice too – especially if you make use of our money-saving vouchers for restaurants in Reading. Here are three of our favourites.
- Bill’s Restaurant in Reading town centre started life as a grocer/café in Lewes but has since grown into its own small chain. It still retains the allotment charm of the early days, however, and dishes like a breakfast of bubble and squeak served with ham and hollandaise will certainly fill you up.
- Picnic is a breezy, bustling and independently run deli-cafe a little closer to Reading’s throng of riverside restaurants. Here you’ll find a great range of sandwiches and interesting salads, with the bulk of the ingredients (including the bread) sourced locally.
- Pepe Sale might not look like much, tucked away in a 1970s concrete complex, but owner Toni Sale knows a thing or two about how to keep his customers happy. The pasta is made fresh every morning and each bite of food is delicious.
What are the best British foods I can eat in Reading?
British restaurants serve up the best modern and traditional cuisine inspired by domestic fare, but what should you order? Here are five great dishes the best restaurants in Reading are serving up.
- London Particular – named after the so-called ‘pea soupers’ that used to fog the capital city, this thick pea and ham soup is an absolute treat on a cold evening.
- Bubble and squeak – a combination of fried mashed potato and greens. From this staple dish, chefs are given all kinds of room to manoeuvre and put their own exciting spin on it.
- The Sunday Roast is, of course, a classic. Roast meat, seasonal veg, a few roast potatoes and lashings of gravy – what’s not to like?
- Toad in the Hole is that perfect combo of sausages and Yorkshire pudding. But in the right hands, this deceptively simple dish can be a masterpiece.
- Apple crumble – hardly a ground-breaker when it comes to innovative desserts, but the combination of crispy crumble and golden cooked apple is always a sight for sore eyes on any pub menu. And there are some great restaurants putting their own spin on it near you.