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Town Hall Cafe Opening Soon

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The Pantry Café & Kitchen, Reading Town Hall’s new café, will open to the public this month.

Town Hall Cafe - Reading

The modern new café will sit in the heart of Reading’s vibrant town centre, forming an integral part of the beautiful 18th Century Grade II listed Town Hall and Museum building.

Opening Date

The Town Hall Cafe Pantry will offer a fresh exciting place for breakfast, brunch or lunch and a great place to meet and eat. It will be open to the public from Monday 16th September.

All the café’s fillings will be freshly prepared using ingredients from local suppliers.  Their takeaway packaging will be recyclable and compostable. People who bring their own refillable cup will receive 20p off their hot drink.

The café’s Executive Chef, Daniel Pink, combines his passion for fresh local produce with a desire to provide customers with a scrumptious and inventive menu.

Delicious food on offer will range from savoury breakfast waffles & pancakes, handmade pork sausage rolls, and vegetarian scotch eggs to the Pantry’s signature chocolate brownies.

Opening Times

The Pantry will be open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

The former 3Bs Café has undergone a complete refurbishment and forms part of the major transformation project at the Town Hall, which has included two new museum galleries, a new reception and museum shop, new Register Office ceremony room as well as maintenance and improvements throughout the building.

‘The Pantry Café & Kitchen’ name is a historical nod to the popular People’s Pantry restaurant that once stood opposite the town hall.


Cllr Jason Brock, Reading Council’s Leader, said: “Our much anticipated new café at Reading Town Hall opens to the public on Monday 16th September. The Pantry Café and Kitchen will offer the local community a great place to meet for a bite to eat. I’m really looking forward to sampling the delicious sounding signature brownies!

“We also want the name of the café to celebrate the positive historical connotation of a much loved, popular meeting place in Reading during a challenging time for the town. The People’s Pantry was a wartime institution designed to provide quick and satisfying meals for shoppers, business people, artisans and the army forces. The new café will hopefully prove as popular a destination for residents and visitors.

“The new café is a part of our wider, major investment in transforming the Town Hall and Museum. It will complement the two new museum galleries we’ve opened this year, alongside the new reception, museum shop and the Register Office’s stunning ceremony room. We have also installed low energy LED bulbs, added insulation to the Concert Hall’s roof area and carried out improvements to make the building’s heating more efficient. The transformation work is part of our commitment to enhance the facilities this venue has to offer for residents and visitors and part of the Council’s wider plan to make the best possible use of its buildings, including improving sustainability and energy efficiency.”

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