The Pantry Café & Kitchen at Reading Town Hall

Our name was inspired by the Popular British Restaurant ‘The People’s Pantry’ opened in December 1940 as a part of a government network of British Restaurants. It was 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. It was staffed by the Women’s Voluntary Service. Sadly on 10th February 1943 the People’s Pantry was destroyed in an air raid.


Today The Pantry is supported by the local community, for the local community. Every day our staff are busy during the early hours, attending to the artisan processes and methods so important to the quality of our produce. All our fillings are freshly prepared each day, using ingredients from local suppliers and everything we produce is hand made onsite. Visitors to the café can watch their pizza being hand shaped and prepared before going in our new pizza oven. And we believe a bakery isn’t complete without the aroma and taste of exceptional coffee, so we proudly offer a variety of blends from locally roasted beans. Our 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 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 takeaway coffee and bagel or planning a long lazy brunch, you’ll always find a friendly face who ‘gets’ customer service.

If you are keen to join our team then please keep a look out on the Pantry Café and Kitchen website, Reading Town Hall website and the Reading Borough Council website for vacancies.


All of our menu can be taken away so if you’re in a rush, not a problem and with all of our packaging being recyclable and compostable you’re also helping the environment as well.

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.

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