10 of the best places for breakfast in Reading

PUBLISHED: 11:52 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 26 June 2019

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From pancakes soaked in warm maple syrup to a satisfying full-English, whether you are looking for healthy eats or full-belly treats, Reading has it all. And to make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up a list of the town’s best places to help you kick-start your day with a delicious breakfast

You've heard it before, it's said to be the most important meal of the day and who are we to disagree? Eating out for breakfast is becoming more popular than going out for dinner, with thousands of artistic breakfast pictures being posted on Instagram daily.

Nibsy's Coffee Shop

Known as Reading's first exclusively gluten-free coffee shop, this little spot is perfect if you are looking for a healthy and sweet start to your day! With scones, cakes, granola bars and toasties on the menu, Nibsy's is ideal for when you are on the go - although their cute coffee lounge is great for a sit down breakfast as well. Also, they make awesome coffee, which is locally roasted in Winchester. All of their food is hand made on the premises and served by their very friendly staff.

26 Cross Street, RG1 1SN 

Café Yolk

This east Reading spot can only be described as breakfast & brunch galore. Café Yolk offers a stylish and affordable alternative to the usual fare on offer in the area, from breakfasts to burgers, waffles to pancakes, coffees and smoothies. YOLK provides a cut above when it comes to taste in a chilled out atmosphere with service to make you smile. We highly recommend the lemon & blueberry pancakes, they taste as delicious as they are beautiful - just look at them!

44 Erleigh Road, RG1 5NA

Bluegrass BBQ

Who said you can't have a BBQ for breakfast? This unique restaurant brings the tastes of southern America to your doorstop. Alongside their delicious lunch and dinner menu, their breakfast menu is nothing short of filling. They pride themselves in knowing that their customers will always leave in a food coma. They serve breakfast seven days a week from 8am till 11:45am. Their menu boasts unusual plates like pork pancakes, which are layers of American-style pancakes, with pulled pork sandwiched in-between, then they're topped with sausages, bacon and warm maple syrup. If you want something more traditional opt in for the ultimate full-English breakfast!

15 Gun Street, RG1 2JR

Vego's Vegan Bar

This independent coffee bar does what it says on the tin, everything on the menu is either vegan, gluten free or vegetarian - so, it's kind to you and to our planet. They serve a delicious array of smoothies, yummy treats, sandwiches and snacks. Vego's is located next to Reading University, making it a great hangout for students. They have free Wi-Fi and charger ports all over the place, so get some studying done, work remotely, or, you know, procrastinate and enjoy yourself (we won't tell).

30 Erleigh Road, RG1 5NA


Known around the town as Reading's best kept secret, located just off of Friar Street in an old forge. This cosy hang out spot caters to everyone with a menu that boasts vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options. Their extensive menu has everything from gourmet sandwiches and toasties to soup, from salads to cake, and of course their fair trade coffee and drinks menu is beyond delicious. They even have a separate children's menu for your little ones, with a very affordable mezze option.

8 Merchants Place, RG1 1DT

Alto Lounge

There are so many great things about this place; it's difficult to know where to start. The interiors are comfortable, inviting, and a bit eccentric. The Lounge menu is available all-day and offers a wide range of dishes including an extensive brunch menu, a selection of burgers, a great selection of tapas & specials changing regularly. Their breakfast food is nothing short of delicious, and from Monday to Friday they serve a special deal of a large full English breakfast (veggie option available) with a hot drink for only £7.65. They hold regular cake sales to raise money for charity by selling their very yummy sweet treats. Alto Lounge is also pet-friendly, so if you are out and about with you four-legged friend just bring them in with you for a quick bite.

32-32a Church Street, RG4 8AU

Bill's Reading

Bill's Reading restaurant occupies St Mary's Church House. This elegant Georgian building makes a fabulous restaurant and has become a very popular destination all day and into the night. The interior is something out of a Grecian farm house, with a very cosy atmosphere. Bringing the rustic to Reading, this chain is famous for its breakfast menu! Bill's serve a wide range of pancakes and waffles topped with fresh fruit and sweet-nibbles. We recommend the Bill's Brunch plate. Alongside the scrumptious food, you can download an app and start earning points, which can be traded in for money off of your future breakfast outings.

St Marys Church House, RG1 2HX


Since 1985, Munchees has been a long standing landmark of Reading's High Street. This charming and warm restaurant café is famous for its all-day breakfast options, and it's all very homely and delicious - from a full-English to a bacon bap. The aesthetic of the restaurant is reminiscent of a 50s American diner, which makes it a great place to capture some memories with family and friends. Alongside their famous spread of all-day breakfast food, Munchees is also home to an extensive Nepalese buffet, so if you want to try something new and test your taste buds, give their Nepalese breakfast a go.

2-3 Butter Market, RG1 2DP


If you are looking for a sophisticated restaurant, then why not escape the hustle & bustle of your everyday and relax at Browns Reading. Whether you are starting early or looking for a mid-day indulgence, their breakfast and brunch menu is jam-packed with a stunning collection of dishes to kick-start your day in the right way. Try the nutritionally packed smashed avocado on sourdough toast, or really treat yourself with their Eggs Benedict, served on top of a toasted English muffin.

Riverside at The Oracle, RG1 2AG

Picnic Food

Homemade, organic and natural goodness is the best way to describe this family run café. Situated in the butter market with some of the best macaroons known to man, this little cafe has recently started serving breakfast. With locally sourced fresh ingredients and ethically grown coffee, this café serves food for the soul. We recommend the roasted cauliflower salad with harissa chickpeas and crumbled feta. Picnic Foods are also famous for their delectable sweet treats, all homemade of course.

5 Market Place, RG1 2DP


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