Food and drink

Explore the best places to dine out or go for a drink in Reading. Know where to eat out in Reading, including independent restaurants, new openings and cafes. Find the best pubs, bars and places to drink, get the perfect cocktail or enjoy happy hours in Reading.

The Retreat exterior

The Retreat pub review

This month James Moore visits one of Reading’s best loved back street locals. A cosy, two bar, heritage pub The Retreat is much treasured by East Reading’s residents for its friendly community, charming landlord and its famous pickled onion competition!

Fox and Hounds pub Caversham

The Fox & Hounds, Caversham pub review

Pull up a stool for the excellent beer range, cosy covered garden and cracking roast dinners at Caversham’s award-winning pub The Fox & Hounds.

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Soju Korean Barbecue

Soju restaurant review

Explore Reading finds a buzzing atmosphere and some hot grilling action at Soju, the independent Korean barbecue restaurant in new King’s Walk development The Village.

Caffeine and cocktails

Happy Hour of the Month: Caffeine & Cocktails

Fun, beach-vibe cocktails are two for £8 at Caffeine and Cocktails’ stylish daily happy hour. Squint at the palm trees and you could almost be on holiday.

The Hop Leaf exterior

The Hop Leaf pub review

James Moore finds quality beers, a community spirit and pub games at Reading’s charming Hop Back Brewery pub, The Hop Leaf, on Southampton Street.

Thames Lido bar

New Reading restaurant openings in 2017

The newest Reading restaurants and the hottest-anticipated places to eat in 2017, including Franco Manca, Honest Burgers & Thames Lido.

Happy hour of the month: The Greyfriar

Explore Reading samples a big range of draught beers and a good value gin and tonic at The Greyfriar’s classic after-work pub happy hour.

Nags Head Pub Reading

The Nag’s Head pub review

Explore Reading’s new pub reviewer James Moore samples one of the biggest draught beer selections in town at much-loved Reading pub, The Nag’s Head.

Blue Collar Street Food Wednesday Market

The best food markets in Reading

Your guide to the best food markets in Reading including street food festivals, farmers’ markets and community food fairs.

Malmaison Happy hour

Happy hour in Reading: Chez Mal Bar at the Malmaison

We go in search of cheap, quality drinks with £5 classic cocktails at the Malmaison Hotel’s Friday happy hour deal.