Restaurants in Reading Town Centre

Reading town centre hosts some of the best Restaurants that are a must visit if you are staying at Hillingdon Prince Hotel and want to explore the town centre.

Jamie’s Italian

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This restaurant overlooks the river, at the Oracle riverside. There are some delicious daily specials and also a great menu to choose from. They also have options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. And as we know Jamie only uses fresh ingredients, which is what the restaurant serves too. They serve lunch and dinner, it’s worth making a reservation as the restaurant is popular. Our hotel is a cheap place to stay when you are planning to go into Reading town centre.

Trip advisor review: It’s the people (Terry F)

Dinner with my wife and son. We were looked after very well indeed by Johnny (manager), David and Andrea, food was truly scrumptious. I had the Italian steak, my wife had the crab linguine and my son the carbonara; with some shared garlic bread and sweet potato fries. it was a faultless experience helped by a White Lady cocktail and Messina beer.

Giraffe

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Giraffe serves international food from all over the world, they serve a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, the kids menus are great too! Brunch is served until 5pm. There are also a variety of smoothies, cocktails and desserts – try the whoopie cookie!  A relaxed atmosphere. Reasonably priced and they have some great offers too, staying at a cheap hotel near Reading town centre and visiting Giraffe for dinner is an ideal option if you wanted a new experience that does not break the bank!

Trip advisor review: Lovely Eastern Med influences and friendly staff- great restaurant (Melissa Stills)

Had dinner here after an evening of shopping. The waiters were very friendly and knowledgeable and the food very good. I like the eastern and med influences to the menu. I had the Prawn Saganaki for starters and the Smoky Chicken Pide for main which was delicious. I like trying new dishes and haven’t been to a restaurant that has Pide on the menu. My other half had the Chicken Milanese. All the food was cooked perfectly, and the atmosphere was lively without being too loud. Would highly recommend.

Franco Manca

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If you are staying at the hotel and feel like eating something authentic at the last minute then Franco Manca is ideal, there is no need to book, just turn up and be seated. If you like authentic Italian Pizza this is the ideal place to eat in Reading town centre. A Neapolitan pizzeria which follows the classic Neapolitan pizza making process from the late 18th century you will experience the slow rising sourdough and authentically sourced ingredients with each bite.

Trip Advisor: Love love love the pizza! (Julie B)

I really love Franco Manca’s pizza, and was delighted to find we have a branch now in Reading. The decor is funky, the wait-staff are attentive, and the pizza is incredible. Best pizza ever, and that’s saying something! Plus I really like the rest of the menu which focuses on real food. To top it off, the espresso is superb, with a lovely subtle nutty flavour. All for an unreasonably reasonable price. I’ll be haunting the place, I’m sure.

Comptoir Libanais

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Comptoir Libanais (french for lebanese counter) is a newly opened lebanese restaurant in Reading town centre, situated by the riverside in the oracle with beautiful views. The souk-like setting (bazaar-like) is colourful and fun. They serve healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner – including mezze – which is a great platter for sharing, wraps, tagines, lebanese style pizzas, fresh mint tea and baklawa – variety of sweet lebanese pastries.

There is no need to book, they also offer take aways if you feel like eating in your room at the hotel instead.

Trip Advisor review: Simply Scrumptious (Rachel P)

My husband and I visited here at lunch time and although it looked unlikely we’d get seated, we were almost straight away. Fantastic menu choices especially considering I’m vegan and my husband vegetarian. The manager was happy to go through everything on the menu to make us aware of our choices and to double check our dietary requirements. I had the falafel wrap platter and my husband had the halloumi and olive wrap platter. We were both really happy with our choices and if we lived closer would go here every day for lunch!


Las Iguanas

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If you like Latin food this is the place to eat in Reading on Riverside Oracle, they serve Mexican street food to Brazilian classics. They serve empanadas-stuffed pastry, quesadilla- tortilla, enchilada from Mexico and you can’t leave until you try the churros! Happy hour for cocktails is 2 for 1 everyday they have a fantastic selection of cocktails. A great place to eat if you are staying in Reading to shop and want to grab a bite to eat or if you are going out in the evening it’s a great start to your night out guaranteed you will feel the Latin vibes!

Trip Advisor review: Great night (Dan)

Called in on Thursday, restaurant was full, got a table fairly quickly, great food, great service, great drinks. Will definitely be back for more

Sizzling Spice

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Only a few minutes walk from the hotel, Sizzling Spice serves authentic Indian food, their specialities are butter chicken, lamb pasanda. You have to try the chef’s recommendations which include tandoori lamb bhuna, the house special which is a mixture of chicken and lamb tikka, prawns and mushrooms, cooked in garlic, ginger, tomatoes and onions in a rich spicy sauce. There are also dishes which are suitable for vegetarians. You can order over the phone and get your takeaway delivered to the hotel or eat at the restaurant. There is a 10 % discount if you show the staff your keycard when you make your order.

Trip Advisor review: Superb ( Debra Sober)

This place is slightly tucked away outside of the town, but absolutely worth a bus or taxi ride. We eat a lot of curry and I would say this is the best Indian restaurant in Reading. The staff are friendly and welcoming.
The food is to die for….the choice is great for both veggies and fish/meat eaters. Ostrich Jalfrezi for the adventurous. Particular favourites are salmon special, paneer Baltic and king prawn nawabi also this place does the nicest Bombay potato I have ever tasted. Raju who own the place is such a lovely guy, welcoming people like long lost friends. Give it a go it’s really delicious.’

There are a variety of good restaurants to eat at in Reading town centre, Hillingdon Prince Hotel is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for a cheap hotel near Reading town centre. Whether you have come for a night out to experience the night-life or if you have come to shop at our famous shopping centre. We hope you enjoy your experience in our town.