by Matthew Farrall, Gillie T, Evelyn & Paul Williams
Main course – ‘allotment tajine’
Dessert – ‘Reading town crumble’
Two courses of locally produced allotment and garden goodness were served at the Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September. The free meal was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whitley Pump review panel.
Looked down on by the Blade, the historic characters on the Abbey Gateway and the Maiwand Lion, the Forbury Gardens once again played host to the annual Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September.
Property developers Platinum SA have submitted updated plans to Reading Borough Council for the Red Cow public house at the corner of Crown and Southampton Streets. The pub closed in 2015.
Caucasian Spice Box starter
Caucasian Spice Box beef rib and potatoes
For the past four years or so, Edible Reading has been the fearless Keyser Söze of Reading’s food scene; the anonymous blogger and local food chronicler of our times. I not only managed to track ER down to the great Katesgrove boozer The Turks (Head) for an 80s-Smash-Hits-style interview, but I also managed to eat an incredible, table creaking five course Georgian meal from former in-residence food sensation Caucasian Spice Box just before they left the pub for pastures new.
South Street is starting to look different with work on the bar extension to South Street Arts Centre nearing completion and the demolition of the Zoar Baptist Chapel. Continue reading
Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant
The Breakfast Box
The Hop Leaf
The Food Standards Agency and Reading Borough Council regularly inspect businesses in the town and scores their food hygiene from 0 (poor) to 5 (excellent). Here is a list of some of the establishments around Katesgrove who have earned the highest food hygiene ratings.
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
RISC ‘stones’ room
Harris garden in Spring
After Dark club
Dorset wagon at the MERL
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
South Reading Community Centre
Some years are defined by great songs, some by great personalities, some by great tragedies. This year has been alarming both nationally and internationally, but on the oft-ignored local level, the year was defined by the sound of the tide going out on civic society. The world clearly has bigger problems than the damage wrought by the tortured thrashing of Reading Borough Council as it gets strangled by central government, but one can only be dismayed at the prospect of more of the same next year, exacerbated by the council’s difficulty in controlling its finances.
The beat you can enjoy between meals.
The Rising Sun Arts Centre resurrected Veggie Dining on 20 November 2016 as part of its 25th anniversary.
The Reading Town Meal, now in its fourth year, got off to a wet start in the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 1 October.
The Reading Town Meal, which will take place on Saturday 1 October in Forbury Gardens, has already received some gifts of produce. The main collection of vegetables and salad donations are being organised for next week.
Miah’s Saffron Restaurant at 39 Whitley Street has closed. The banner over the front window says that a Korean restaurant ‘Gooi Nara’ is coming soon.
The Kennet at Blake’s Lock
This year’s Water Fest on 11 June features an exhibition of images of the Kennet & Avon canal in Reading by photographer and historian Chris Forsey of the Reading Chronicle.
Hop Leaf Hanging Baskets
The Reading in Bloom competition for 2016 has been launched. It is open to gardens, allotments and other commercial floral displays within the boundaries of Reading Borough Council.
Reading Town Meal are crowdfunding for this year’s event which will take place in the Forbury Gardens. The target is to raise £3,000 towards the £5,000 cost of holding the event.
Red Cow Public House, Crown Street
Reading RG1 2SE
Low grey clouds scudding above rain washed streets. People hunched against horizontal freezing rain, scuttling to get home before it gets dark by four. The next time you have one of those bus stop moments where you find yourself giving the far side of the road a thousand yard stare whilst a trickle of cold rainwater makes it way down your neck, take some time out to visit Katesgrove’s tropical oasis at 89 Mount Pleasant, the Pau Brasil café.
Pau Brasil proprietor, Evie Pierce
Here’s something different for Katesgrove cake lovers. A typical Portuguese cake at this time of year is the bolo rei (“king cake”) which is eaten any time between Christmas and Epiphany (“dia de reis” or literally “kings’ day”) on 6 January.