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Whittingtons Tea Barge


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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Cafe, British
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A very average place that likes to pretend it’s something special.... it’s NOT! They are pretentiously pleased with themselves and send aggressive responses to people who question their awful food and stupid service. They list lots of different sandwiches and cakes, but the reality it...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank carolinewarner28
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited in December 2018 for a cream tea after being given a voucher for a birthday. The barge is very quaint. Would be beautiful in the Spring/Summer. Very attentive, all the food was lovely. Given choice over sandwich fillings and flavour of cake. Would highly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank R00nz
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had afternoon tea after getting married with our friends and family and we couldn't of wished for anything better. Lesley and her husband were brilliant. So helpful, friendly and welcoming. The food just kept coming and every bit of it was lovely. We also...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Bobby766
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had afternoon tea on the barge and it was nice. It was quite busy and was very cosy but that's a part of the whole experience. The service was good and food was too, I enjoyed my experience here.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank BenKnight5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A quirky fun afternoon tea. Quite cosy but very friendly and welcoming. Food was lovely and plentiful . Cakes were gone made and delicious. You realy must go.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank laalaa12017
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

Wow! Not only does Whittingtons Tea Barge serve the best afternoon cream teas and breakfasts/light lunches in Reading. They also have live music with curry nights. We have followed Naomi Banks for the past few years and where excited to see she was gigging on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank samwT4765ZY
Reviewed 14 December 2018

Went with a large group of friends last Sunday for Christmas afternoon tea and carols. Lesley the owner was a great host and provided us with great singing entertainment with her adaptation of traditional carols. The 12 days of Christmas will forever have a new...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tracey M
Reviewed 12 December 2018

very pleasant and polite staff will try very hard to serve you with whatever you order on the menu and great way to spend some time on the river try to visit there in the summer i am sure you will not be dissapointed

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Alex B
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Attended a private hire (Quiz and Dinner) on Saturday night. Had an absolute ball of a time. Great company, great hosts, wonerfully quirky setting. Thank you Lesley & Andrew.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Gareth J
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Whittington’s tea barge has to be one of my fave venues in Reading! I love the intimate, cosy atmosphere on board & always receive such a warm welcome from Lesley, Andy & Naomi. The food is delicious & the variety of events are great fun...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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22 September 2018|
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Response from Andrew_J_Craig | Property representative |
Yes, but only for no. 1s
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2 April 2017|
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Response from Andrew_J_Craig | Property representative |
Hi, we take cards on spends over £5, but we don't take Amex or Dinners
17 April 2015|
Response from dgardner0604 |
Morning, we have already reserved the venue for 27/10 for 13 people for a 40th birthday party. You have been dealing with Donna Poundsett and have been emailing her direct. I understand that you have another party... More
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