Reading Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Reading

January 24, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best restaurant in Reading, United Kingdom (UK) including The Elm Tree, Pepe Sale, Miah's - Garden of Gulab, The Lyndhurst, Quattro, Papa Gee, The Reformation, Whittingtons Tea Barge, Momo House, The Bell Inn Aldworth
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1. The Elm Tree

Beech Hill Road | Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AZ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$86 - HK$283 +44 118 988 3505
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 449 reviews

The Elm Tree

Reviewed By Cmeganp

Visited with a colleague whilst in Reading for work.
The pub is lovely with a nice atmosphere. All staff were wonderfully friendly and attentive. The menu is lovely and offers lots of great options, and the food to follow is really nice. The portions are absolutely MASSIVE (I struggled and I can eat alot). Wouldn't hesitate to visit again!

2. Pepe Sale

3 Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7QF, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$102 - HK$408 +44 118 959 7700
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 484 reviews

Pepe Sale

Offering a vibrant, nutritious selection of historic Sardinian recipes and modern Italian dishes, Pepe Sale is an award-winning eatery in the centre of Reading. As well as premium staples like home-made fresh pasta and typical bread and wines, delicious house specialities showcase a wealth of culinary experience. A bright dining room features retro green and white tiling, a pastel orange colour palette and glossy granite-topped tables.

Reviewed By Nogbag - Reading, United Kingdom

Go for the table overlooking the main restaurant, we were able to see everything! The red wine came VERY cold, although surprisingly enjoyable, but unfortunately the last bottle as we would have had more.
Starters were very tasty, mixed salad and spicy prawns, although more saucy than spicy! Luckily there was one last portion of the main suckling pig, my brother was looking forward to if since I mentioned the restaurant, as it ended up feeding us both. I ordered the wild boar cutlet, which they only had escalope, it was inedible. I believe they must have precooked it then reheated in the microwave. We ended up sharing the sides with one (generous) serving of pork.
The staff were a mixed bag, some going out of their way to be accommodating, others who couldn't care less! Overall, and interesting experience, we both had a laugh out of it, but no tip was given.

3. Miah's - Garden of Gulab

130-134 Wokingham Road | Reading, Reading RG6 1JL, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Bangladeshi, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$385 - HK$385 +44 118 966 7979
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 441 reviews

Miah's - Garden of Gulab

Reviewed By kezrez - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

After visiting my partners son at Reading university, we looked on trip adviser to find a good curry house close by. We were not disappointed with our choice!
It was later on a Wednesday night and it was very quiet but that didn’t affect the food or the service.
We were gladly welcomed, sat at a lovely table with nice surroundings.
They had the best poppadum and pickles tray I have had in a long time.
Very tasty mushroom purée and mix starter. Tender tikka chicken.
Great garlic naan, light fluffy and garlicky, as it should be!
Offered a complimentary liquor or ice cream which was a very nice touch after a delicious meal anyway.
Next time we visit we will return!

4. The Lyndhurst

88 Queens Road, Reading RG1 4DG, England Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi British, Contemporary, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$110 - HK$220 +44 118 950 3888
Excellent
74%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

The Lyndhurst

Fresh seasonal british food with a twist, cask ales, craft lagers & fantastic cocktails.

Reviewed By Ricardodesantaalbana - Reading

An early Christmas work meal, good decor, reasonable beer, £4 for Loddon but over £5 for the craft beer so not cheap for an out of town pub and there was no 5-7pm happy hour as promised on the website and no explanation. The staff were friendly if ambivalent at times, they catered for 9 on a Tuesday night no problem and there were vegan choices. The fish & chunky chips looked good as did the vegan burger and my vegan cottage pie was quite tasty but very small with some soggy but reasonably chewable kale. Overall not bad, nice for a drink but not cheap.

5. Quattro

14-16 Prospect Street | Caversham, Reading RG4 8JG, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 118 948 3070
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 735 reviews

Quattro

Quattro Italian restaurant in Caversham offers an excellent range of traditional Italian food. Dishes include freshly made pasta, pizza, meat, fish specialities, and a large vegetarian selection.

Reviewed By Madda4life - Reading, United Kingdom

Incredibly friendly family run restaurant with lovely food, great service and always busy. Couldn’t recommend this place more, best in the area

6. Papa Gee

5 Prospect Street, Reading RG1 8AY, England Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks HK$78 - HK$188 +44 118 948 3000
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 225 reviews

Papa Gee

Reviewed By Gherardi - Firenze

As Italian I am very demanding with Italian restaurants. At Papagee you will find courtesy and amazing food. Don't forget to order sfogliatelle or pastiera as dessert. Gaetano (the cook) is friendly and welcoming. Buon appetito :)

7. The Reformation

The Reformation Horsepond Road | Gallowstree Common, Reading RG4 9BP, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$220 +44 118 972 3126
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 460 reviews

The Reformation

We are a typical cottage style pub serving classic pub food alongside modern britsh food. Set in beautiful oxfordshire countryside, We offer a warm welcome to all our customers and welcome well behaved dogs on leads and children in our fully enclosed garden.

Reviewed By Chris N

I popped into the Ref last night with my two boys,(9 and 15) for a quick Friday night dinner, after a long day stuck indoors because of the snow. Three hours later, we were still there! The food was delicious,(I really enjoyed my steak, the kids' menu is perfect and my eldest loved the mussels), but what turned it into a great evening was the warm welcome and joining in with the open mic night, led by Amanda Hague. It was the sort of evening you hope for in the middle of winter and so rarely get. Thank you- a gem of a country pub.

8. Whittingtons Tea Barge

Hill's Meadows George Street | Christchurch Park, Reading RG4 8DH, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Late Night +44 7986 733638
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 551 reviews

Whittingtons Tea Barge

Reviewed By c c - Reading, United Kingdom

Nice little tea room offering a good selection of hot and cold drinks. Nice food. Just a little over priced

9. Momo House

28 Farnham Drive, Reading RG4 6NY, England Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$102 - HK$275 +44 118 948 4818
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Momo House

Reviewed By Dimart - Reading

A return to the Himalaya Momo House for an early evening meal yesterday was well rewarded. Putting their recently reported problems behind them they are intent on delivering superb Nepalese cooking at very reasonable prices (a special deal is offered on Monday - Wednesday). The absence of an overuse of ghee and chilli, too often found in many Indian restaurants, results in delicious food with subtle blends of herbs and spices. Temporarily without a drinks license (you can BYO), a jug of chateau Thames was fine for us. The restaurant was not busy when we visited early evening, and the service was excellent: friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Highly recommended.

10. The Bell Inn Aldworth

Aldworth | Ambury Rd, Reading RG8 9SE, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Drinks +44 1635 578272
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 121 reviews

The Bell Inn Aldworth

Reviewed By MelkortheMighty

Another visit to this wonderful, traditional pub. Warm and welcoming this hostelry serves some of the finest ale you can acquire; I have never had a bad pint. The rolls here are delicious, the corned beef and onion is thoroughly recommended but there are plenty of options available. If you fancy soup this is made on site and again is recommended without hesitation. If you are in the area give it a try and you will not be disappointed.

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