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Reading’s rich offering of pubs, shopping and culture

So many of the venues for the Revitalisation Project meetings showcase the rich offerings provided by our towns and cities. Not just in terms of its pubs and cafes, but in other leisure, cultural and shopping opportunities, too.

This Saturday's setting is Reading which fits that model perfectly where throughout the year the town is celebrating a vibrant arts, culture and heritage scene as well as inviting new shows and talent to the town. The Revitalisation meeting this Saturday 25 June, 2 till 4pm, is at the RISC Global Cafe - one of Reading's most exciting and unique independent cafe-bars, selling a wide range of locally sourced, fair trade and organic beers and wines.

Indeed, Reading offers a rich and varied selection of pubs for visitors to the meeting to sample from the traditional to the innovative.

For instance you could try Zerodegrees’ range of real ales, brewed on site by Andrei, an Italian brewster. The stainless steel brewing plant, visible from the bar, is very much a feature with beer served chilled, unfiltered, and unpasteurised, direct from conditioning tanks. It has interesting seasonal beers often including mango.

Or Sweeney Todd, a Reading institution for its real ale and award-winning pies. A restaurant that happens to have a bar selling real ale where you can elect to drink without eating with no problems.

The Alehouse has a unique and quirky atmosphere and is the perfect antidote to town centre bars. The pub champions many microbreweries.

The Nags Head has won the Reading CAMRA branch Pub of the Year award multiple times.

For a full guide, log on to the Reading and Mid Berkshire CAMRA’s ale trail.

Aside from pubs, Reading is famous for being one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations offering all the major names in retail such as John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser or Primark, two major shopping centres as well as a vibrant independent shopping scene. And all within 500 metres of the station. Find out more…

If you have more time in Reading, sample its heritage and culture.


Forbury Gardens, a nationally acclaimed Victorian formal garden

The ruins of Reading Abbey, ancient monument and burial place of Henry I, King of England.

The Kennet and Avon Canal, Reading Gaol and the Oscar Wilde gates.

Explore the Riverside Museum and relax on a barge moored outside a restaurant that started life as a Victorian pumping station.

Reading Museum tells the fascinating story of the town and its people

Find out more...


Reading's Year of Culture, try one of Reading's many venues:

Music, comedy and theatre in intimate surroundings at South Street Arts Centre

A flourishing live music scene at Bowery District, Purple Turtle or The Oakford

Blockbuster comedy shows, classical favourites and the Panto at The Hexagon

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