Edible Reading has always been based on feedback from readers, and the vast majority of places I review are requested or recommended by people who read and follow the blog. If you want to get involved you can email me, comment on this blog post or give me your suggestions on Twitter.
I’m happy to consider going anywhere on duty provided it’s in Reading, or close enough that it’s easily accessible by public transport. In the past I’ve headed as far afield as Bracknell, Wokingham, Newbury and Windsor, although London is too far and Oxford probably is too. I tend to review independent restaurants and cafes; I’ve got nothing against chains, but unless they’re a small or interesting or unusual chain I’m not sure a review from me generally adds much. Most of us know what it’s like to eat in a Pizza Express.
I also like to give new places at least a month to find their feet before I go and review them. It’s very tempting to be hot off the press with the first review of Pho, or Comptoir Libanais, or Thames Lido, but it’s all about trying to get an idea of what a representative meal at a restaurant might be like and the first month, when restaurants are finding their feet and the staff are all jelling, is unlikely to show you that.
I never tell restaurants in advance that I’m visiting, and I never announce the subject of any review ahead of time.
The list below is my current to do list – I update it regularly as new places open or as I get round to reviewing any given restaurant. Let me know what you think is missing!
Bar and Block
Big Tongue Café, Newbury
Cattle Grid, Windsor
Cattle Market Café (no website)
The Crown On The Bridge
The Dolphin, Newbury
Gurkha Home (opened 18/10)
Hart Street Tavern, Henley
Heist Bank, Paddington
Henry & Joe’s, Newbury
The Heron, Paddington
Ketty’s Taste Of Cyprus – N.B. Currently has a hygiene rating of 1.
King’s Kitchen (no website, opened October)
Lebanese Village (opened 7/11) – Currently has a hygiene rating of 1.
Moonlight – Currently has a hygiene rating of 1.
Osaka (opened 13/1)
Palmyra (opened 21/2)
The Reading Room (opening TBC)
The Town Hall Courtyard, Wokingham
Tsiakkos & Charcoal, Maida Vale
Warisan Café, Paddington
Weir Grove, Wargrave
Wok To Walk