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If you’re born and bred in Reading, you’ve probably heard many people talk about how generic Reading is, how it’s a town of chains and it’s boring.

It’s not!

It can be a bit tricky to find the best of the independent shops, restaurants, bars, etc. in Reading though because they aren’t always bang in the centre of town. Apart from anything, the rent there is crazy! So, this blog and directory has been born to showcase those independent institutions and help make your time in Reading even more enjoyable.

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Food Shopping

Well hello there, lovely people. You were promised some more exciting content than you're used to from the IR website and here it is!One of the challenges a lot of people face when trying to support independent businesses is how they're going to manage their food...

IR’s New Look

Well hello and happy hump day! Spring has officially sprung for IR and it's hard not to burst with excitement at today's news. You may have noticed that it's been a little while since there's been any new content from IR and that's because some incredibly cool things...

Rendezvous in Bratislava

Hello and welcome to 2019! I hope January has been kind to you so far and that you’re looking forward to packing a lot of fun-filled adventures into the year. To start you off on the right foot, I’d like to share with you an interview I had with Miriam Sherwood, the...

Merry Christmas!

To all of you wonderful I.R. readers and followers, have a super Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year. Thank you for all of your support over the last 12 months, here's to a fantabulous 2019! Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Gift Guide

The excitement has just got too much and IR can't hold it in any more. Today, right here and now is the official launch of the IR Christmas Gift Guide 2018! Some truly fabulous businesses have contributed to the content and you'll find gifts from concrete tealight...

Khinkali Making at Geo-Cafe

Update to the post. Since the time of my Khinkali experience, the Georgian Feast team have been in touch to announce that the café they are residing in is now known as Geo-Cafe with immediate effect. It's still the 10 Prospect Street site in Caversham. It's November,...


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