The Pantry Café & Kitchen at Reading Town Hall

The Pantry Café takes its name from the popular British restaurant ‘The People’s Pantry’ which opened in December 1940 as a part of a government network of British restaurants. The People’s Pantry located in the arcade opposite the Reading Town Hall. It served hot meals as well as being widely remembered as somewhere to go for tea and it was staffed by the Women’s Voluntary Service. On 10th February 1943 The People’s Pantry was destroyed in an air raid.


The Pantry Café is a vibrant contemporary café space is the perfect place where locals and visitors alike can come to meet and feel part of Reading’s community. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff focus on freshly prepared food and exceptional coffee and are happy to answer any questions about the locally sourced produce and suppliers.

Always a friendly face

Whether you’re nipping in for a quick coffee or planning a long lazy lunch, you’ll always find a friendly face who ‘gets’ customer service.

And your furry best friend is very welcome also!

Choose your seat, make a note of the table number, and order at the counter.

There is a range of seating available, both inside and outside. Browse our menu, then place your order at the counter. Your order will be brought to your table.

The Pantry Café and Kitchen Team look forward to meeting you and hope that you enjoy our new café and menu as much as we do.

A great place to meet... & eat