Whittington’s Tea Barge, Reading

Whittington’s Tea BargeReading has been my home since 1988 when I  moved here for my first job. In the intervening years there have been many changes and almost all have had a positive impact on the town (no, it’s still not a city).

One of the great things about Reading is the river Thames and Kennet and Avon canal running through its heart. This year we have made much more of both with walks and cycle rides along their banks. This weekend we tried out a relatively new addition to the Thames – a tea room and one with a difference, Whittington’s Tea Barge.

As the name suggests and the pictures show this is a barge, moored on the banks of the Thames at Caversham, just over the Reading Bridge, serving teas, coffees and light snacks and it is great. A real slice of traditional Britain. You can either sit inside or on the bank and enjoy your cream tea in the delightfully crockery that wouldn’t look out of place at your grandmothers.

Whittington’s is less than ten minutes from the centre of town but is so relaxed you will forget where you are. If you are in town I highly recommend it.