I Found The Sewage Works Instead Of A Pub ;(
Because of Reading's river and canalside location there are plenty plenty of ways to get out and about either by walking or cycling and by all accounts plenty of pubs along the ways. Perhaps this should be a "Warning or Danger" tip in that if you take the path along the canal to the east of the town you can have a canalside walk or cycle but unfortunately no pubs!
I did find the sewage works though!
But a pleasant wander nevertheless.
Good Spanish Food
Reading has a thriving Spanish scene (that is to say there are quite a few Spanish ex-pats living in the area). This is their preferred choice when going out to have several portions of Tapas (small dishes of food to share between several people whilst drinking - the idea being you try many different types of food).
The Restaurant is quite small and cosy, and can be found right next to Caversham Bridge on the Caversham side of the river. You may want to book ahead.
(Picture taken from the web) Garlic Mushrooms, Stuffed peppers.
The Maiwand Lion
London has Big Ben and Paris has the Eiffel Tower, but Reading has the Maiwand Lion.
Set up in 1897 to comemorate the men of the Royal Berkshire Regiment who fought and died at the village of Maiwand, Afghanistan, in 1880, this very impressive beast is the emblem of the town and a favourite meeting place.
Welcome to Imran's *yet to be added something valu
Hi you all interested in seeing what I have to say about Reading,
I spent what I call the three best years of my life (so far...) in this lovely small town on Thames. Yes, I HAD to mention Thames first of all, because that's where I went walking or pedalling my bike whenever I had time, be it freezing winter or fresh spring air. Such a peaceful place, you could spent hours there and forget all about your academic worries! Yup, I was a student at Reading University from 1991 to 1994.
Ok, but don't get the wrong idea that the photos have anything to do with my favourite river. It's the Whiteknights Lake that happens to be located within the University campus. Not a big lake but adds a lot to the campus scenary. You could take a stroll or jog around it, there's a good track provided for the very purpose.
So that was about campus, what about the town itself, I'm sure you're asking. Well, the town is about 25 minutes' travel from Paddington (London) train station through a fast BR service which is frequent enough that you can miss two trains over a cup of tea. I must warn you, though, that this statistics is from my experience eight years back. You might even miss three these days!
Once in Reading you can stay in the so-called bed-and-breakfast kind of places or find out some big expensive hotel like the Regency or something, all depends on your pocket. I'm sure there's a lot of info available regarding where to stay in Reading once you're there. You should be able to get some brochure from the train station or the taxi drivers outside can guide you even better. I was there as a student so obviously you won't be interested in knowing my preferences :-)
I'll soon put up a travleogue regarding my first visit to the UK. Over the summer break I used to get back to Pakistan for three months or so I visited UK thrice in three years. The latter two experiences were NOTHING as compared to the first one, you know, one knows everything from the emigration procedures to the station where you'd get the train to Reading, and all the things in between, so there's no excitement. But it'll all come in due time! So do visit this page again.