The news that Sweeney & Todd’s pie shop and restaurant is up for sale sent a shudder down the spine to all of us who still look upon a Sweeney pie as a treat and a Reading food icon.
by John Dearing.
In my recent post about Katesgrove then (1980) and now, I mentioned the many changes that have taken place over the years, but earlier this year we did have two shops remaining; the newsagents near St Giles’ Church and the convenience store next to the former Cambridge Arms.
Courtesy of the “Reading-on-Thames Festival“, which is sadly a misstatement when clearly Reading’s whole history is based on the River Kennet, came free culture in the form Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company’s play The Life and Death of Reading’s King. For the lucky 700 ticket holders on the night of 15 September this was a history making moment.
There is a TO LET sign up for the ground floor of the Wellington Arms, and refurbishment of the pub looks almost complete.
The Whitley Pump received photos this week of the brief moment when work on the gym at 43 Whitley Street revealed the sign for Whitby’s Camera Shop, a previous occupant of the building.
Age UK’s shop on Whitley Street put on its best outfit for the Tuesday 7 March opening and the Whitley Pump got a sneak preview.
The window displays have gone and all is bare inside as the shop awaits a refit.
A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was used by Reading Borough Council’s food and safety team to close Reading Quality Food and the butchers, Al-Muzammil Halal Meat, within the supermarket.
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Esther Choules, the manager at the Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street has been working there for 24 years. The Whitley Pump interviewed her at the shop on a Wednesday afternoon.
The new Aldi at 350 Basingstoke Road opened today 10 March 2016. At 11 am it was doing a very brisk trade.