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8 Merchants Place | The Old Forge, Reading RG1 1DT, England
+44 118 956 1482
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (29 reviews)
“sandwich” (15 reviews)
“cakes” (12 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
8 Merchants Place | The Old Forge, Reading RG1 1DT, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice cafe doing really good salads and toasted ciabatta sandwiches. Given some of the other reviews I was disappointed by the coffee – it was very average. The prices seemed reasonable given the size and quality.

Thank jamiex1000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love meeting here, great food, cake, coffee plus wifi and close to the station make this a great spot. It’s hidden away but well worth it.

Thank Joseph N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good and cosy. Very nice service and people. Very good for a nice chat with friends... or best friends...

Thank Rui I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

stayed at the Novotel in Reading and naturally woke up and checked Tripadvisor to guide me through the streets to grab some breakfast. so pleased to find a highly rated place literally round the corner. shabby chic and to the point. food was reasonably priced...More

Thank ShuliSampson
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Our company has just moved to Reading and this has become a regular weekly visit! Located down a side alley near a large NCP car park you might be put off by the location, don’t be. Superb sandwiches & salads freshly made to order. I’ve...More

Thank cjt63
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

A friend arranged to meet 5 of us at the shed and I have to confess from the name I wasn't expecting much ... But I was pleasantly surprised prompt service meant our lunch hour didn't over run, mint tea had fresh mint! And sandwhiches...More

Thank MsJW
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

First time here the place is amazing and cool! The service was excellent and food was delicious! Recommend coming here for the salads and wraps and milkshakes!

Thank Amraiz K
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

This very modest place is magic, the menu is not vast but quality across the price range. Quite rightly it gets busy at lunchtime and makes a very pleasant change from the likes of Starbucks where everything is bland and over priced. Shed is a...More

Thank MarkMarten
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Recently moved to Reading my partner and I tried this out about 6 months ago and has become our go-to place whenever we can treat ourselves to lunch out. The sourdough bacon, cranberry and brie ciabatta with a flat white is 100% recommended. She tells...More

Thank RobN7UK
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Great place for a quick bite - delicious, fresh and huge sandwiches and freshly made cakes. Other treats include salads, toasties and soups. Very speedy service. Perfect place for a takeaway. Can't recommend it enough. Must go place for lunch in Reading.

Thank rbozi
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Merchants Place | The Old Forge, Reading RG1 1DT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 956 1482
  • E-mail
At Shed try out our delicious sandwiches, toasties, homemade cakes, salads, soups, milkshakes, teas and coffee Come and relax in a beautiful old building which is actually an old forge rather than a shed. Plenty of seating offered upstairs
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