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Jamie’s Italian

Unit 1 Riverside Level, The Oracle Centre, Reading, RG1 2AG

Tea and a very good chocolate and raspberry brownie at Jamie's Italian.

Jamie’s Italian is a new thing in Reading and in the land of chain Italian restaurants I wasn’t too sure about another one popping up, but it is really good compared to the others around and I would definitely recommend it.

I usually don’t review the tea that restaurants serve as it’s often the same mediocre stuff and I just get bored. Jamie’s Italian was a pleasant surprise in that the tea had been thought about as much as the food. There wasn’t a great choice of black tea, just Earl Grey or Breakfast, but there were herbal and fruit teas as well. It was a teabag job, but at least it was a good teapig tea bag job. The tea pot was a heavy iron thing and was a sharp contrast to the glass cup and saucer. Good food and good tea, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? No, but teapigs tea bag.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £1.95.
Cake? Not really, good pud though.
Go again? Yes.


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Bel and The Dragon

Blakes Lock, Gas Works Road, Reading, RG1 3DH

Tea at Bel and The Dragon, with the Riverside Museum in the background

Tea at Bel and The Dragon, with the Riverside Museum in the background

As the weather was so gorgeous we headed to the Riverside Museum to see what we could see. Next door to the museum is a lovely (if out of my price range) pub and restaurant called Bel and The Dragon.

The Riverside Museum is very small but worth a look if you fancy going for a walk by the river. It has a highly decorated gypsy caravan and an ornate teapot among other things, and is in a beautiful location.

I’d recommend combining the museum and pub to make the most of your visit.

Teapot? Yes, one between two.
Leaf tea? No, unidentified teabags.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £4 for two people which seemed a bit steep as we only got two small cups each.
Cake? No, but could order desert off the menu if you really wanted.
Go again? Yes, if I’m down that way.