Where next?

Edible Reading is nothing without suggestions and requests from readers. I try to act on as many of these as I can, and many of the reviews so far have been written because of emails and Tweets from you. I never tell any of the restaurants in advance that I’m visiting, and I never announce the subject of any review ahead of time, but it’s always good to have more restaurants to add to the list – which is where you come in.

Anywhere in or around Reading is fair game, with a couple of exceptions. First, I probably wouldn’t review a big chain restaurant unless there was a really good reason to try it out. I don’t think Reading needs reviews of Ask or Zizzi, but if a chain is particularly good, or new, or there are very few branches then that might be a different story. Secondly, I know the temptation is to review new places the moment they open, but I think that’s unfair on restaurants. I try to avoid reviewing new places for at least the first month to give them a chance to settle in and get their teething troubles ironed out.

Here’s how you can get involved: either put a comment on this page, or send an email (EdibleReading@gmail.com) or Tweet at me (@EdibleReading). This page will be updated regularly with your requests – and of course they’ll get taken off as they’re reviewed.

7Bone
Anatolia Reading
Bierhaus
The Biscuit Tin
The Botanist
Cattle Market Café
The Chalkboard Cafe
The Crown On The Bridge
Firezza
The Fox And Hounds
Gooi Nara
Kokoro
Lusso
Memory Of Sichuan
Mio Fiore
Namaste Kitchen
Nomad Bakery
Rafina
Revolucion de Cuba
Rizouq
Soju
The Thirsty Bear
The Three Guineas
Tipsy Bean
Wrap It Up

203 thoughts on “Where next?”

  1. Hi, how about The Letherene Bottle which had just reopened? Never been but the setting sounds lovely. Also The Swan in Pangbourne, I’ve found it to be very up and down over the years, but another nice riverside setting. Is Hotel Du Vin in Henley eligible as a chain? Also in Henley, I’ve enjoyed some pretty cheap and decent Thai food at lunchtimes at The Giggling Squid (think it’s a smallish chain).

    • I’m loath to add the Leatherne Bottel in Goring as I have a few pubs doing Italian food already on the list (maybe this is a new food trend I don’t know about). I’ll add the Swan, HDV and the Giggling Squid – I think the latter is a fast-expanding chain so maybe it has some capital behind it.

  2. Tom Bastin said:

    One I’ve always wondered about is The Kitchen, at Reading College on Kings Road – I understand its run by staff and catering students at the college and opens for lunch and a couple of evenings a week. Always used to be impressed bya similar operation attached to Westminster HE college, wonder if our local college is as good ? Something a bit different anyway.

    Tom

    • I’ve always wondered about it too but, like Reading’s supper clubs, I don’t think it would be right to review it. What you eat on the day is too variable and it somehow wouldn’t feel right applying the same standards to them as you would to a professional kitchen in the hospitality business. Does that make sense?

  3. L’Ortolan comes off the list!

  4. Siblings Home comes off the list…

  5. Great to see the site and reviews going strong and the good feedback you get.
    Do you look at the reviewed list and think, I really want to eat there again and give a better review? or somewhere you feel deserves another chance. Apologies if you have done so already!

    • Tim, that’s a really good question and one I’ve struggled with a lot. I’ve revisited many places since an initial review – sometimes it’s much (or even) better, sometimes it’s a bit disappointing. Because my reviews are a snapshot in time I would be unlikely to re-review unless e.g. the restaurant was under new ownership or had a new chef. But I know that’s tricky. So I still haven’t worked out what to do about that, all suggestions appreciated!

  6. Thanks for your reply. Sometimes we have a bad meal or bad service but we go back, unless it’s really bad! But this is different for you, As you suggest, if a restaurant was under new ownership or had a new chef that at least that gives you a valid and justifiable reason to go back (if you wanted to!). I suppose once EVERYWHERE has been reviewed then time to start again. Ha!

    • I don’t think that will ever happen! Sometimes restaurants get iffy ratings but are still worth a revisit e.g. Sapana Home. I’d go back for their momo (and have) but I wouldn’t venture beyond that to the rest of the menu.

  7. O Beirão, reviewed on Friday, now comes off the list…

  8. Dave S. said:

    Ate last night at Orwell’s, incredible value and exceptional food for the price. £19.95 for 2 course dinner menu that was probably the nicest food I’ve had around the Reading area, beat L’Ortolan & French Horn hands down in an unpretentious surrounding. Would recommend you try it before prices increase !!!

    • It’s been on the list for a while, I must get round to going… Are they now offering their two course set dinner menu on Friday as well?

      • Dave S. said:

        Yes, although I’m not sure for how long. I booked it through Opentable and they had a separate Friday menu (you can see it on the site) – 2 courses £19.95, 3 course (recommended) but you also get a very nice amuse bouche & some very nice petit fours as well, so very good value. The menu also had a choice of fish/meat/veggie options for each course, which was great. I don’t think it was specific for Opentable though, it seems other guests also were offered the Friday menu.

        rgds
        Dave

  9. Al Fassia in Windsor – a lovely place indeed – comes off the list.

  10. After much deliberation, I’m taking The French Horn off the list. I just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on a meal unless it was truly awe-inspiring, and I’m struggling to imagine that it would be.

  11. I’m interested to see a review on Monroe’s Rib House. I’ve been there a few times in the last 12 months and sometimes it’s all good, other times it’s quite pedestrian with confused table service.

  12. Updated to include Bali Lounge (formerly The Warwick) and CAU.

  13. Mark Beaver said:

    I live in Theale am interested in you reviewing the curry house and chinese restuarants as it is 8 mins from Reading.

    Also a lack of Munchies Cafe in Reading I see!

  14. Have you tried The Horn? The burger menu is spot on!

  15. Helen Scott said:

    Finns fish and chips on Hatherley Road, if just to face your nemesis from cafe Yolk Jeff again (he’s the manager). Also the menu does look reasonably interesting and a cut above a standard chippy. Go on, you know you wanna 😉

  16. Suwanna Thai comes off, and the Fisherman’s Cottage goes on, along with Pachangas in Henley.

  17. Cozze in Woodley.

  18. Wolf!

  19. neil reeding said:

    Can I recommend the truly awful Sushi place ( try and get takeaway there and wait 4 hours for it to be delivered (next to Hexagon).

    • I’ve been there. I was fortunate to go there during the week when they could get the sushi to the table quickly. At weekends, it’s a very different story involving long, painful waits.

  20. You should definitely give the Iron Duke in Stratfield Saye a go, fantastic food, especially the Beef Wellington. Also add a trip out to the Woodspeen (the head chef used to run The Vinyard when it had a star, and I believe they have just been awarded one at the Woodspeen) and also the Pot Kiln for somewhere that specialises in game – all within 30 mins of Reading, and worth a trip out.

  21. Having had one of my worst meals at a Home Counties Pubs place (the Pack Horse), I’ll pass on the Leather Bottle. And I’m afraid the New Inn’s menu leaves me cold – all 23 main courses of it…

  22. Steve smith said:

    My view from where I’ve been on list
    Pot kiln. Excellent
    Bull arbor field. Standard pub grub but well done
    Iron duke. Nice but nothing inspiring
    Swan at pangbourne. Saw pouring bookers sauce into stokes bottles didn’t inspire confidence
    Cross keys pangbourne. Good but think changed owners since I went

    Am going to French horn next week hoping for something special.

    Went to bbq place in high Wycombe soon to open in gun street. Was excellent for what it was

  23. I’d be grateful if you’d pop in to Buon Appetito in Bedford Road! I live in the same street and went – for the first time last week, with my son. Lovely decor, service and atmosphere. That time I had a pizza (everyone recommends them) and it was great. My son had salmon and enjoyed it. However, I popped in last night and had lasagne. Perhaps the chef was having an off-day but – well, it was just wierd. They offered to bring me something else but I wasn’t hungry by then! However …. a double JD for £5 meant that I spent the rest of the evening there….. 🙂 I will visit again but maybe stick to pizza?

  24. Orwells Shiplake..superb.

  25. The Crooked Billet in Stoke Row

  26. Keith Wootten said:

    I’ve had good food a few times at the Harrow in West Ilsley. It’s a bit far, but a great setting overlooking the cricket pitch and duckpond. You almost expect the Grundies to turn up.

    Their homemade stuff is particularly good, and you won’t go hungry.

    http://theharrowwestilsley.com/

    Cheers
    Keith

  27. I really enjoy this blog. Here are a few ideas, hopefully a couple of them might prove to be worth a visit.
    In Reading:
    Seeing as the weather is nice at the moment, how about checking out some of the Ice Cream/Dessert/Patisserie places that have been opening up recently?:
    Creams Cafe: http://www.creamscafe.com/
    Fentons Ice Cream (Upstairs in The Oracle)
    Treatz (annoying use of ‘z’) http://treatz.co.uk/
    Tutti Fruitti (great coffee and sandwiches too).
    Patisserie Valerie

    Other places in town:
    Bhoj (In it’s new location)
    Whittington’s Tea Barge
    The Kooky Cafe
    Ed’s Easy Diner (prepare to be disappointed)
    Chennai Dosa (prepare to not get what your ordered)
    The Gorge (prepare to wonder why everyone says it does the best breakfast)

    Some out of town:
    The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row. http://www.thecrookedbillet.co.uk/
    The Black Boy, Shinfield. http://www.blackboyshinfield.co.uk/
    The Pot Kiln, Yattendon. http://www.potkiln.org/
    The Swan, Pangbourne. http://www.swanpangbourne.co.uk/
    Nino’s, Pangbourne. http://ninos-trattoria.co.uk/
    The Cross Keys, Pangbourne. http://www.thecrosskeyspangbourne.com/
    The Vineyard, Stockcross. http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk/
    The Hand and Flowers, Marlow. http://www.thehandandflowers.co.uk/
    The Woodspeen, Newbury.http://www.thewoodspeen.com/

    Keep up the good work,
    Stephen.

  28. Karen Stuart said:

    Hi
    Please review the Bottle and Glass, Binfield Heath when it’s ‘settled’. Also, the Crown at Burchetts Green if it’s not too far. Thanks

  29. Ali Choudhury said:

    The samosas, shami kebab and whatever else at Rizouq on 117 Wokingham Road.

  30. You should give Pau Brasil a go, the food is pretty authentic and people working there are very friendly

  31. dchiara said:

    Happy Pretzel on Market Place in Reading. They do a selection of Bagels/Pretzels/Pizza which are lovely, filling and affordable. They’ve been open only a month.

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