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Independent Reading was started in 2017 to help draw people to local businesses in the Reading area.

Many people believe Reading is a “generic” town which lacks personality but that is simply not true.

Our wonderful, independent businesses make Reading a brilliant town in which to live and work and it’s Independent Reading’s mission to help promote these businesses to the wider community.

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Indie Eats – March 2020!

In case you've not seen it on social media yet, the next Indie Eats event is scheduled for Thursday 26th March at the Castle Tap! Join us for some amazing food from four local traders and find your perfect beer pairing from the Castle Tap too! Let us know you're...

Wolseley St. Bakery

In case you haven't heard, there's a new bakery in town and it's been set up in such a way that it brings a taste of village life to our very own Reading. Meet Wolseley St. Bakery. Davy Bonte is the brains behind the operation and has over 20 years' experience in the...

Christmas Shopping 2019

Hello friends and apologies to those of you who have asked whether I'll be producing another IR Christmas Gift Guide this year. Lots of different events have meant that time has been eaten up and that's not been possible. What I've done instead is pulled together a...


There was a time when Caversham was part of Oxfordshire rather than Berkshire. With its close proximity to Reading, the 'Ding of course became its natural home and we're lucky to count it as part of this wonderful town today. If you're new to the Reading area, you...

Indie Eats at The Castle Tap

Eek, the first "organised by Independent Reading" event is coming soon and it'll be on the 10th October! We've teamed up with the wonderful team at The Castle Tap and four of our favourite, local food traders to put on an evening of epic-deliciousness proportions. You...

Looking for Small Businesses

Good day, lovely people! Following some recent conversations with some very cool people, Independent Reading is looking for small businesses, artists, creators, etc who are interested in finding more low-cost outlets for selling their wares. We're thinking pop-up...


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