Trying out different restaurants and fast food eateries is a big part of being a student. You can’t move to a new city for three years and not experience all the culinary delights that city has to offer.
Reading is full of incredible places to grab a bite to eat and a drink. Here are just some of our recommendations:
Have you ever wanted to go out to eat but you don’t know what kind of food you want? Maybe you fancy some Asian cuisine, but you also kind of want a curry, but maybe you’re also in the mood for a carvery, what are you supposed to do? Well, this is where COSMO has you covered.
This authentic world kitchen brings together a choice of fresh ingredients from around the globe all under one roof. Watch as teppanyaki experts grill streaks and seafood in front of your eyes with a never-ending array of dishes. No matter what you fancy or feel, COSMO will have a meal guaranteed to satisfy. And don’t forget to try one of their delicious desserts or take a trip to their dreamy chocolate fountain.
COSMO can be found on Friar Street in the town centre, just a stone’s throw away from the Oracle shopping centre.
Hope and Bear
For a delightful pub meal in a quirky, charming pub, head down to the Hope and Bear. Offering the warmest of welcomes, Hope and Bear offers an airy and spacious restaurant but without losing the intimacy of its pub charm.
With an open fire during the winter months and a stunning beer garden for when the weather picks up, Hope and Bear caters all year round with pub classics like fish and chips, burgers, steak and a delicious Sunday roast.
Hope and Bear is on Cemetery Junction, just a short walk from the town centre.
If you’re looking for a truly authentic fish and chip meal, Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips has everything you could ever need. From battered squid rings to fish cakes, and of course, cod and chips, Finn’s is the best place in Reading to find the battered fish and soft, golden chips you’re craving.
With gluten free options available, Finn’s has something for everyone. What’s even better, with your CityBlock Discount Card you can enjoy an incredible 20% off your order!
You can find Finn’s on Hartherley Road.
For an authentic Vietnamese street food experience, you should pay a visit to Pho. Pho offers fresh, Vietnamese food, including its namesake, pho. Pho is a national Vietnamese dish featuring aromatic, nutritious and delicious rice noodles served with a side plate of fresh herbs to add as you please; it is low in fat and full of good stuff. Pho also serve wok-fried noodles, bún and salads, not to mention a wide range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
Pho in Reading is on King Street, just a quick walk from the Oracle Shopping Centre.
For those craving a delectable lamb or chicken kebab, King’s Grill is the place to be. With meat cooked to perfection straight off the grill, lightly charred on the outside yet tender from the delicious marinade, you can enjoy the meat as a shish, doner or in the King’s Special.
For Reading residents at CityBlock, your CityBlock Discount Card gets you a free drink with your order and free delivery, so you can enjoy your kebab from the comfort of your Reading student accommodation.
Kings Grill is close to the city centre on King’s Road.
If you’re in a lazy mood and fancy staying in, but are still craving some delicious Japanese cuisine, Sushimania delivers straight to your door. With a large range of stunning dishes from various tofus, tempuras, kushiyakis, nigiri, gukans, hosomaki rolls, uramaki, futomaki, temaki, sashimi and noodle dishes, you can have Sushimania deliver to you or go to them to collect your order.
Sushimania can be found on Queens Walk.
House of Flavours
House of Flavours is an Indian restaurant and bar conceptualised by the founder’s need to create a unique dining experience that offers authentic Indian food at affordable prices in a comfortable, euphoric atmosphere.
With an exquisite selection of dishes from India, you are bound to find something to enjoy. Popular dishes include chicken tikka masala, lamb Rogan Josh, chicken jalfrezi and chicken biryani.
House of Flavours can be found in the town centre on Kings Road, within walking distance of the Oracle Shopping Centre.
For a scrumptious healthy, gourmet wrap, pay a visit to Gourmet Wrap’s. This small, fast food establishment sells delicious wraps and baguettes, with a tasty cup of coffee to wash it all down. And for our Reading residents, you can take advantage of your CityBlock Discount Card for 10% off on all orders!
Gourmet Wrap’s is on London Road.
If you fancy a mouth-watering burger, Honest Burger is the place for you. Each of their restaurants feature their own special, local burgers that you can only find in that particular branch, and beer brewed from local breweries. At the Reading branch you can enjoy the jerk chicken burger, featuring jerk chicken thigh, smoked bacon and American cheese.
Each burger is served with delicious homemade rosemary chips that are cut and cooked daily. And with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, Honest Burger has a burger to suit any taste. They also have a 30% discount off food every Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 17:30.
Honest Burger lives on King Street.
Perhaps the definition of industrial chic, Coconut Bar and Kitchen fuses exquisite eats with stunning drinks crafted at their long bar, it’s the perfect place for lounging and some enjoying some tailored tipples and snacking sensations.
Serving oriental foods and Pan Asian cuisines, their chefs blend fresh flavours, vibrant ingredients and creative cooking. You can indulge in all manner of Asian food here, including Japanese katsu curry, Malaysian rice noodles, spicy Singapore vermicelli and Korean bibimbap. Aside from the fresh, made to order dishes, Coconut is also an incredible cocktail bar offering a range of fun, exciting drinks made by professional mixologists.
Coconut can be found on St. Mary’s Butts in the city centre.
How could we have a list of places to eat in Reading without including somewhere you can feast on delicious desserts? At Sprinkles Gelato, you can enjoy handmade dessert and incredible gelato flavours.
Everything from sundaes to waffles, crepes to cookie doughs is available, and even scrumptious desserts in a jar. With over 200 flavours on the recipe list, there are so many delights to choose from you’ll have to go back time and time again to try all the different combinations. There are also dishes suitable for those with a gluten free diet, vegetarians and those who cannot have dairy.
For those who hold a CityBlock Discount Card, you can get 10% off everything!
Sprinkles Gelato can be found on London Road.