Reading, in Berkshire, is perfect for a foodie weekend break, as it has some real gastronomic gems. From laid-back cafes, to fine Michelin-starred French cuisine. There is something for everyone, which makes it perfect for a culinary break, whether you decide to go for a romantic trip or with your friends.
Getting to Reading is fairly easy and you can get a train from London Paddington to Slough in 25 minutes, then get a train going from Slough to Reading fairly frequently! What’s more, it’s a great option to reduce your carbon footprint if you are looking for a little weekend escapade you don’t have to take a plane for.
When in Reading, here are the top 5 places to try and dine at to make your foodie weekend complete of delicious delights from budget to high-end fine dining venues.
I love the seed-to-plate philosophy here and the seasonal menu changes inspired by estate grown produce, with a real focus on sustainable dining. They cater perfectly for vegetarians, too!
If you’ve tried Spring in London, you’ll love this! The wine list is brilliant too if you are oenophile and they will recommend the perfect wine for you to pair with your menu choices.
Address: Heckfield, Hook RG27 0LD
For a Michelin starred experience, head to L’Ortolan, which has held on to its coveted star for over 18 consecutive years. The restaurant itself is stunning and located in a beautiful Grade-II listed building.
You will find a French modern menu here with seasonal, local produce at its heart, and superb offerings for all dietary requirements.
Address: Church Ln, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY
The Corn Stores
The Corn Stores is also located in a gorgeous three-story Grade II listed building and is really close to the station, and so ideal as either your first or last stop.
It has a stunning cocktail bar, steak restaurant and Members’ lounge. Locally sourced British ingredients are at the heart of the menu and a special mention needs to go to the macaroni cheese sides which are amazing!
Address: 10 Forbury Rd, Reading RG1 1SB
Shed, also close to Reading Station, is a must-try and perfect for a speedy meal in between exploring or travelling. Pop in at lunch time and enjoy a fresh sandwich or their incredible variety of toasties. They may specialise in quick bites but Shed does them superbly elevating them to the next level!
Address: 8 Merchants Pl, Reading RG1 1DT
For some fabulous Italian food head to Papa Gee, which has garnered quite the reputation in Reading for its pizza and pasta, cooked by Naples-born chef Gaetano Abete. Start with an Aperol Spritz and work your way through the decadent selection of appetisers, pasta and pizzas!
The best kind of comfort food with authentic style cooking. They cater for gluten free diets too.
Address: 5 Prospect St, Reading RG4 8JB
Have you been to Reading for a foodie break? What are your favourite restaurants to add to this list?