It’s an odd name for a cafe with no outdoor space, but maybe the people who run it have the surname Gardens? It also doesn’t have any obvious signage so I’d gone past it a few times when it first opened before realising it was there. On the day I visited it had an A-board outside making it easier to spot.
It’s a bright, light space with tables in an L shape along the window and one wall, with a large counter that included a glass section holding lots of lovely looking things to eat. There were also uncovered brownies on the top of the counter. There were no prices on anything and no signs saying what the food was, but the staff were very friendly and willing to tell me what was what.
I asked which brownie I should go for and was recommended the salted caramel brownie. You pick up the food from the counter once you’ve paid. I had taken the brownie back to my table and was getting on with some writing when the friendly server came and switched it for one that he said was fresher, which I appreciated.
My salted caramel brownie had proper chunks of caramel in the bottom and was rich and indulgent (like all good brownies should be). I had a mug of decaf tea as they didn’t have any redbush tea. It’s a shame the tea only comes in mugs (especially at £2.50 for teabag tea in a mug, which is a little expensive for Reading), but with sacks of coffee beans everywhere there is a focus on coffee rather than tea. I have been told (by people that drink coffee) that the coffee here is good.
I would recommend Gardens of Caversham to anyone that likes coffee and wants somewhere quiet to contemplate things.
- Teapot? No, just a plain mug with a little saucer to put the teabag on.
- Leaf tea? No.
- Milk jug? Yes, a little milk bottle.
- Price? £2.50 for a mug of tea, £3.69 for the brownie.
- Cake? Yes, three different brownies and other cake things. Also quiches and sausage rolls.
- Go again? Maybe if I was going with someone who liked coffee or wanted somewhere quiet to sit and work. If it started serving redbush tea in a pot then I would definitely be back.
Gardens of Caversham: 15 Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8AF
Visited on: Wednesday 2nd October 2019