After the success of this years Veganuary and with it being Plant Power Day I thought I would write a post about my recommendations for best vegan eateries in and around Reading. Knowing that the vegan community in Reading is ever growing I thought this would be especially helpful to new vegans in the area who aren’t sure where to go. It also seems that more and more non-vegans are looking to try new things in an effort to cut down on meat, dairy and eggs and so this is for you guys too!
I like to think I know Reading pretty heckin well, having lived in and around Reading my entire life, so I hope that this is useful to some. If, like me, you enjoy scouting out smaller, independently run businesses then you’ll enjoy this, as I aim to run through a variety of independent food outlets. After this I will be writing a follow up post with my best recommendations on eating vegan at chain restaurants found in Reading.
Unfortunately Reading doesn’t yet have an all vegan restaurant or cafe so my recommendations are those which have great, tried and tasted vegan options and have been positively reviewed by my friends and family also. It surely can’t be long before someone opens up shop though as there is definitely a gap in the market.
*After writing this I realised that nearly all of my recommendations are not actually in central Reading but in a small town just across the River Thames called Caversham which is super easy to get to by foot, bike, bus or car.
1# Nomad – a snug bakery situated on Prospect Street in Caversham, just a hop over Caversham Bridge from Reading. Nomad has a constantly changing menu thanks to owner, Laura’s passion for experimenting with new recipes. This cute bakery makes fresh bread daily and has many savoury lunch options from soup to paninis, as well as vegan sweet treats from healthy flapjacks to giant naughty monster cakes. My personal favourite is a Macha Muffin with Oatly Tea or a toasty, letting Nomad have free rain on what veggies they put in. If you’re lucky you might even get to try some of Laura’s delicious seitan – ask about it when you go in. The restaurant is super allergy friendly and so if there is something you like the look of but aren’t sure is suitable Laura and the team will do their best to accommodate you. What I love even more about Nomad is their regular calendar of events which include a Vegan themed evening once every other month or so. You can also privately hire Nomad for an evening dinner party. Find out more here!
2# We are Vegivores – a mobile vegan catering business that pops up in and around Reading. They attend a local, small business food market every Wednesday 10am-5pm in the Market Place, just around the corner from Broad Street. I highly recommend you go and check them out on your lunch break if you work locally. They also appear regularly in Bracknell, Wokingham, Newbury and on the Reading University Campus – so students go get your fix! Keep up to date with their movements on Twitter.
3# The Flowing Spring – a short drive out of town along Henley road you’ll find a quirky pub restaurant that was awarded gold in the free-from eating out awards in 2017. Flowing Spring are very proud of being able to cater to peoples dietary needs, even easily telling you which beers, ciders and wines are suitable for vegans. As you can see my partner and I enjoyed the burgers (one falafel and one veggie mince) but they also have other options available. They also have a calendar of events from unplugged music nights, star gazing and car and bike shows. I recommend checking them out in the summer when you can enjoy their big pub garden!
4# Tutu’s Ethiopian Table – Easily the most unique and ethical cafe/bars Global Cafe. is based on London Road, behind the Oracle car park and Vue cinema. If you like authentic Ethiopian cuisine this place is definitely for you. Although Tutu caters for meat eaters she also creates a whole range of allergy friendly foods for coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans. Global Cafe also has a bar that stocks a wide range of locally sourced, fair trade and organic beers, wines, spirits, coffees and teas to wet the tongue. The venue also hosts a number of events from live music to book clubs and is often the hub for Reading Vegan Meetup so keep an eye out for future events. Tutu also takes her Ethiopian table with her to cater at local events so be sure to sample her vegan options if you see her!
5# Alto Lounge – although part of the ‘Loungers chain’, Alto Lounge offers more of a unique feel than most common chains. It is a modern cafe/bar on Church Street, Caversham which you can visit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. They have been providing a full, separate vegan and gluten-free menu since 2003. The vegan menu features 4 brunch options and 5 mains as well as tapas and cakes! To date I have only sampled the vegan breakfast but have heard good thinks about the other options. They also offer soya, almond and oat milk for your tea or coffee.
If you are from Berkshire or have visited and have any other suggestions or have gone to any of these places drop me a comment, I’d love to hear about it!
Peace – Nx