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LOCAL AREA GUIDE
READING, BERKSHIRE
CONTENTS
Live Local
4–5
Parks & Days Out
6–7
Eating Out
8–9
Health & Fitness
10–11
Sports & Leisure
12–13
Retail Therapy
14–15
Arts & Culture
16–17
Education18–19
Better Connected
20–21
Within Reach
22
Doctors & Hospitals
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WELCOME TO
G R E E N PA R K V I L L AG E
A new lakeside village of New England inspired
houses and apartments in Reading, Berkshire,
Green Park Village offers the chance to become
part of a thriving new community.
If you enjoy dining out there is a wide selection
of bars, restaurants and cafés nearby. Green Park
Village is also within easy reach of a good selection
of entertainment and shopping amenities.
Within this guide we uncover some of the best
places to eat, drink, shop, live and explore, all
within close proximity of Green Park Village.
LIVE LOCAL
At Green Park Village enjoy effortless living with all the
facilities that a local neighbourhood needs. In addition to a new
primary school, community hall and market square, you can enjoy
leisure, retail and restaurant facilities at the nearby
Green Park business centre.
LAKES
TRIM TRAILS
The lake at Green Park Village is a beautiful
setting for your life outdoors with play and
picnic areas and viewing platforms. In addition,
Longwater Lake at Green Park also offers rowing
and fishing opportunities. Permission will be
required from the business centre.
A fantastic way to keep fit outdoors, with exercise
equipment at 100 Longwater Avenue and Brook
Drive opposite Regus and CGI.
Tel: 0118 945 0000
O P E N S PAC E S
Set in 60 acres, Green Park Village offers beautiful
landscaped open spaces with designated nature
and leisure paths. Continue to Green Park with
195 acres of landscaped parkland to explore.
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C YC L I N G
There are plenty of opportunities for cycling
and Green Park is located on National Route 23.
ReadyBike offers bike rental with docking stations
across Reading and at Green Park.
M U LT I - S P O R T S C O U R T
The court can be booked for tennis, football,
netball and basketball, and is available to
occupiers of Green Park and members of the
Nuffield Health Club.
T H E N U F F I E L D H E A LT H
& FITNESS CLUB
State-of-the-art facilities for everyone including a
20 metre swimming pool, gymnasium, health and
beauty spa, exercise classes and lounge bar.
240 South Oak Way, Lime Square, Green Park,
Reading RG2 6UL
Tel: 0118 321 9745
www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/reading
BYTE CAFÉ
Start the day with morning coffee and drop
back in for a light lunch, a selection of snack,
tea and coffee options.
100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park,
Reading RG2 6GP
Tel: 0118 945 0000
www.greenpark.co.uk/amenities-events/eating-out
W O L F I TA L I A N S T R E E T F O O D
Serving piada (an Italian wrap), pasta, fabulous
pizza, luscious salads and Italian breads to cater
for a health-conscious consumer who doesn’t
compromise on taste.
Lime Square, 250 South Oak Way, Green Park,
Reading RG2 6UG
Tel: 0118 986 8892
www.wolfstreetfood.com
ZEST
With such a diverse array of cultures and
customs, Zest have been able to bring together
various cuisines to craft a truly modern British
brasserie menu, including locally sourced,
sustainable produce.
Lime Square, 220 South Oak Way, Green Park,
Reading RG2 6UP
Tel: 0118 987 3702
www.zestatlimesquare.co.uk
WHSMITH EXPRESS
Providing a broad range of magazines, books,
stationery, confectionery, drinks and food. The
store offers a number of convenient services such
as lottery, dry cleaning, a free to use ATM, Costa
Coffee and e-top up.
Lime Square, 220 South Oak Way,
Reading RG2 6UP
AS DA C L I C K A N D CO L L E C T
A convenient facility which will allow you to order
food, clothing or general merchandise products
online and have it delivered to the unit at Green Park.
Lime Square, 220 South Oak Way,
Reading RG2 6UG
www.storelocator.asda.com/store/green-parkclick-and-collect-collection-point
M A D H O U S E S O F T P L AY
& PA R T Y WO R L D
The Mad House is fantastic children’s play and
party facility at Green Park. Offering great fun,
great food, great service and great value in a
comfortable parent and child friendly
air-conditioned environment.
240 South Oak Way, Lime Square Green Park,
Reading RG2 6UL
Tel: 0118 975 5455
www.themadhousereading.co.uk
C H I L D B A S E D AY N U R S E R Y
Providing day care facilities for up to 120 children
in 6 playrooms, each complete with sensory and
designated sleeping areas. Core opening hours
are between 7.30am and 6.30pm, 52 weeks a year
(except public holidays).
200 South Oak Way, Green Park,
Reading RG2 6UQ
Tel: 0118 931 3115
www.childbasepartnership.com
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P A R K S & D AY S O U T
Beyond the magnificent 60 acre grounds of Green Park Village,
Reading offers a huge variety of activities for the whole family
to enjoy. From beautiful farm parks to adventure play areas,
you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect day out.
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B E A L E PA R K
W E L L I N G TO N C O U N T R Y PA R K
Beale Park’s the place to be with fun, adventure,
animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks
of the picturesque River Thames. A great day out
for all ages near Pangbourne in Berkshire.
The Park consists of 350 acres of woodland with
several nature trails, a lake, play areas, miniature
railway, animal farm and crazy golf.
Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NW
Tel: 0844 826 1761
www.bealepark.co.uk
FORBURY GARDENS
Popular with families and the town’s business folk
wishing to enjoy lunch in the open air, Forbury
Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion
statue and offers music during the summer
from the bandstand.
Abbot’s Walk, Reading RG1 3HW
Odiham Road, Riseley RG7 1SP
Tel: 0118 932 6444
www.wellington-country-park.co.uk
B U C K L E B U R Y FA R M PA R K
This 74 acre site includes a host of attractions
including a deer park, farm animals, go kart track,
indoor play, tractor rides and café & tea room.
Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR
Tel: 0118 971 4002
www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
B A S I L D O N PA R K
Set in 400 acres of historic parkland, this
magnificent 18th century Georgian mansion
was lovingly restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe
in the 1950’s and features fine paintings,
fabrics and furniture.
Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
Tel: 0118 984 3040
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park
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E AT I N G O U T
From café’s and street food to contemporary
fine dining, there’s a wide variety of local
restaurants catering for every occasion.
BROWNS BAR
& BRASSERIE
LONDON STREET
BRASSERIE
Soak up the atmosphere at
Browns where you can relax
and enjoy one of their classic
dishes and a legendary
Browns cocktail.
Situated next to the river
Kennet in the heart of Reading,
the London Street Brasserie has
won both critical acclaim and
Michelin recognition. Serving
local produce to the highest
standards this restaurant is
definitely worth a visit.
The Oracle Centre,
Reading RG1 2AG
Tel: 0118 950 3137
www.browns-restaurants.co.uk
FORBURY’S
R E S TA U R A N T
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Riverside Oracle, 2-4 London
Street, Reading RG1 4PN
Tel: 0118 950 5036
www.londonstbrasserie.co.uk
Forbury’s aims to provide
an affordable and fun
dining experience, serving
simple French/Modern British
cuisine. It has received good
reviews from Michelin,
the AA and Hardens.
M YA L A C A R T E
1 Forbury Square, Reading RG1 3BB
Tel: 0118 957 4044
www.forburys.co.uk
5 Prospect Street, Caversham,
Reading RG4 8JB
Tel: 0118 946 3400
www.myalacarte.co.uk
A British produce restaurant
sourcing all the main ingredients
from around the UK, Mya Lacarte
won Restaurant of the Year at
the Reading Retail awards 2015.
J A M I E ’ S I TA L I A N
Rustic, simple Italian dishes
using local and seasonal
ingredients. Fresh pasta and the
most beautiful anti-pasti are on
offer every day along with the
impressive Italian wine list.
Unit 1 Riverside Level,
The Oracle Centre,
Reading RG1 2AG
Tel: 0118 907 0808
www.jamieoliver.com
L’ORTOLAN
A Michelin starred restaurant,
serving modern French cuisine.
This hidden gem offers superb
food at affordable prices.
Church Lane, Shinfield,
Reading RG2 9BY
Tel: 0118 988 8500
www.lortolan.com
T H E B R A S S E R I E AT
THE MALMAISON
Dishes prepared with a genuine
passion for the local food heroes
of Berkshire. The 60 seater
Brasserie is a uber stylish, low-lit
dining den of exposed industrial
ceiling void and brick work.
18-20 Station Road,
Reading RG1 1JX
Tel: 0118 334 1331
www.malmaison.com
WA G A M A M A
CARLUCCIO’S
Wagamama serves pan Asian
food in the style of a modern
Japanese Ramen bar.
Contemporary, white-walled
Italian cafe-deli, with pastas,
handmade focaccia
and a kids’ menu.
Riverside Level, The Oracle
Centre, Reading RG1 2AG
Tel: 0118 951 1599
www.wagamama.com
Forbury Square,
Reading RG1 3EY
Tel: 0118 958 3095
www.carluccios.com
MIAH’S
Choose from the contemporary
menu, with many dishes unique
to Miah’s, or from the traditions
menu. Either way you can be
assured of quality Indian food
and first class service.
130-134 Wokingham Road,
Reading RG6 1JL
Tel: 0118 966 7979
www.miahs.co.uk
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H E A LT H & F I T N E S S
Relax and unwind by taking time out in one of the many
local spas. Choose from both family oriented complexes and
exclusive retreats, offering a range of indulgent treatments,
therapies and cutting edge facilities.
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THE NUFFIELD
H E A LT H &
FITNESS CLUB
State-of-the-art facilities for
everyone including a 20 metre
swimming pool, gymnasium,
health and beauty spa, exercise
classes and lounge bar.
240 South Oak Way, Lime
Square, Green Park, Reading
RG2 6UL
Tel: 0118 321 9745
www.nuffieldhealth.com/
gyms/reading
MILLENNIUM
MADEJSKI HOTEL
Located close to Green Park,
this modern hotel offers leisure
and spa facilities, including a
swimming pool, spa bath, gym
and a wide range of therapies
and treatments.
Madejski Stadium, Junction 11,
M4, Reading RG2 0FL
Tel: 0118 925 3500
www.millenniumhotels.com
H I LT O N H O T E L
AYURVEDA RETREAT
Located just 2 miles from Green
Park Village, the Hilton Hotel
also includes a spa offering a
range of treatments, a fitness
room and swimming pool.
Ayurveda Healthcare & Spa.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest
systems of natural health care,
originating in the ancient
traditions of India.
Drake Way, Reading RG2 0GQ
Tel: 0118 916 9000
www.hilton.com
32 Friar Street,
Reading RG1 1DX
Tel: 0118 958 8190
www.ayurveda-retreat.co.uk
N I R VA N A S P A
Relax, indulge and revive at the
luxurious Nirvana Spa. Facilities
include pure, spring-fed pools,
an award winning hydro spa,
celestial floatation, thermal
suite and spa cuisine.
Mole Road, Wokingham
RG41 5DJ
Tel: 0118 989 7500
www.nirvanaspa.co.uk
RIVERMEAD
LEISURE COMPLEX
Facilities include lagoon pool
with flume, underwater lighting,
wave machine and music,
a baby pool, sports hall, squash
& badminton courts, health
suite, crèche, café and bar.
Richfield Avenue,
Reading RG1 8EQ
Tel: 0118 901 5000
www.better.org.uk/venues/
rivermead-leisure-complex
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SPORTS & LEISURE
Choose from a wide range of local sports facilities offering
a variety of different activities from jet skiing and sailing to
more traditional pastimes such as football and golf.
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L AG O O N A PA R K
Located just a mile from
Green Park Village, Lagoona
Park is a jet ski centre and
welcomes annual and day
members with their families.
Hire of equipment is available.
Pingewood, Reading RG30 3UH
Tel: 0118 988 5959
www.lagoonapark.com
READING
ROWING CLUB
Founded in 1867 and based on
a beautiful 7km stretch of the
Thames, the Club welcomes
everyone from beginners to
international athletes, of all ages.
The Boathouse, Thames
Promenade, Richfield Avenue,
Reading RG1 8DR
www.readingrc.com
READING
SAILING CLUB
Reading Sailing Club is situated
on a large picturesque lake
adjacent to the river Thames in
Sonning near Reading. Dinghy
sailing is the club’s main activity
with both beginners and
experienced racers making
use of the facilities.
Reading Sailing Club,
Reading RG4 6SU
www.readingsc.org.uk
WO K E F I E L D PA R K
GOLF CLUB
Tucked away in the peaceful
and picturesque Berkshire
countryside, Wokefield is one
of the most scenic golf clubs in
Reading boasting a 6996 yard
PGA Championship standard
course with 18 uniquely
designed holes.
Goodboys Lane, Mortimer,
Reading RG7 3AE
Tel: 0871 222 4828
READING GOLF CLUB
The course has gained a deserved
reputation for superb greens
and top quality presentation.
17 Kidmore End Road, Emmer
Green, Reading RG4 8SG
Tel: 0118 947 2909
www.readinggolfclub.com
READING FC
For football fans the nearby
Madejski Stadium, home to
Reading Football Club, is
within walking distance.
Madejski Stadium,
Reading RG2 0FL
Tel: 0118 968 1100
www.readingfc.co.uk
LONDON IRISH
The Madejski Stadium is also
where London Irish Rugby Club
play all their home matches.
Madejski Stadium,
Reading RG2 0FL
Tel: 0118 968 1100
www.london-irish.com
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R E TA I L T H E R A P Y
You’ll never be short of places to shop when you live
at Green Park Village. As well as big high street names,
Reading is also home to a selection of independent boutiques
and bustling local markets catering for all tastes and styles
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THE ORACLE
B R U N E L R E TA I L PA R K
Hosting up to 90 retail units, The Oracle
Shopping Centre offers a world of fashion,
food and entertainment all in one location.
With top brands and a unique Riverside setting
full of delicious restaurants and cafés and a
Vue cinema, The Oracle is Reading’s premier
shopping and leisure destination.
Approximately 2 miles from Green Park where
you’ll find Laura Ashley, Dreams, Maplin, Currys,
Next, Pets at Home, Halfords and Costa Coffee.
The Oracle Shopping Centre,
Reading RG1 2AG
Tel: 0118 965 9000
www.theoracle.com
51 Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AY
Tel: 0118 948 2913
www.waitrose.com
BROAD STREET MALL
Located close to the Hexagon Theatre, this
indoor shopping mall offers a range of shops
and cafés, plus a NHS walk in centre.
Broad Street,
Reading RG1 7QE
Tel: 0118 957 6633
www.broadstreetmall.com
Rose Kiln Lane, Reading RG2 0HS
WA I T R O S E
MORRISONS
Rose Kiln Lane/Basingstoke Road,
Reading RG2 0HB
Tel: 0118 931 0356
www.morrisons.co.uk
TESCO
Napier Road, Reading RG1 8DF
Tel: 0345 677 9573
www.tesco.com
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A R T S & C U LT U R E
Reading is alive with a rich variety of arts and culture.
Whether you enjoy browsing museums, visiting the theatre or
spending a summer’s weekend at a world famous music festival,
you’ll always find what you’re looking for in Reading.
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T H E H E X A G O N T H E AT R E
The Hexagon is a well established multi purpose
venue, in the heart of Reading. Host to an exciting
programme of events including Rock, Pop,
Comedy, Drama, Classical Music and Dance.
Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
Tel: 0118 960 6060
www.readingarts.com/thehexagon
SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
South Street is an Arts Centre presenting a
diverse range of performing arts from both
the professional and community sectors. The
professional programme attracts the very best
new and established names in fringe theatre,
comedy, music, dance and live literature.
21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
Tel: 0118 937 3456
www.readingarts.com/southstreet
MUSEUM OF ENGLISH
RURAL LIFE
The Museum of English Rural Life houses the
most comprehensive national collection of
objects, books and archives relating to the
history of food, farming and the countryside.
University of Reading, Redlands Road,
Reading RG1 5EX
Tel: 0118 378 8660
www.reading.ac.uk/merl
R E A D I N G F E S T I VA L ( Y E A R LY )
The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of
annual music festivals that take place in Reading
and Leeds simultaneously on the August bank
holiday weekend featuring the hottest new
bands as well as huge headline acts.
Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
www.readingfestival.co.uk
READING MUSEUM
VUE CINEMA
Reading Museum Service offers learning
experiences that are fun and suitable for all the
family. From the serious student to the youngest
child, all levels are catered for. Opportunities are
offered for both formal and informal learning
including the chance to handle real objects.
Visit the website to see what’s on.
The Oracle Centre, Reading RG1 2AG
Tel: 0871 224 0240
www.myvue.com
The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
Tel: 0118 937 3400
www.readingmuseum.org.uk
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E D U C AT I O N
Primary Schools*
MAIDEN ERLEGH SCHOOL
SOUTHCOTE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Silverdale Road, Earley, Reading RG6 7HS
Tel: 0118 926 2467
www.maidenerleghschool.co.uk
Silchester Road, Reading RG30 3EJ
Tel: 0118 937 5533
www.southcoteprimary.co.uk
READING SCHOOL
Boys school rated outstanding by Ofsted
W H I T L E Y PA R K P R I M A R Y
AND NURSERY SCHOOL
Brixham Road, Reading RG2 7RB
Tel: 0118 937 5566
C H R I S T T H E K I N G C AT H O L I C
PRIMARY SCHOOL
Lulworth Road, Reading RG2 8LX
Tel: 0118 901 5434
www.christthekingreading.co.uk
GEOFFREY FIELD
JUNIOR SCHOOL
Exbourne Road, Reading RG2 8RH
Tel: 0118 937 5473
www.geoffreyfieldinfant.co.uk
CROSFIELDS SCHOOL
Shinfield Road, Reading RG2 9BL
Tel: 0118 987 1810
www.crosfields.com
Secondary Schools
*
JOHN MADEJSKI ACADEMY
125 Hartland Road, Reading RG2 8AF
Tel: 0118 937 0200
www.johnmadejskiacademy.co.uk
Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LW
Tel: 0118 901 5600
www.reading-school.co.uk
THE ABBEY SCHOOL
17 Kendrick Road, Reading RG1 5DZ
Tel: 0118 987 2256
www.theabbey.co.uk
KENDRICK SCHOOL
One of the leading girls’ grammar
schools in the country
41 London Road, Reading RG1 5BN
Tel: 0118 901 5859
www.kendrick-reading.sch.uk
ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE
Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JT
Tel: 0118 966 1000
www.sjcr.org.uk
University
UNIVERSITY OF READING
Ranked in the top 1% of
universities worldwide
Whiteknights, Shinfield Road,
Reading RG6 6UR
Tel: 0118 987 5123
www.reading.ac.uk
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BETTER CONNECTED
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BUSES
Greenwave buses run between Green Park and Reading Station (12 minute journey)
and the town centre (17 minute journey). These low emission, eco friendly
buses are some of the first in the UK to meet the stringent ‘Euro 4’ European
emission standards; www.reading-buses.co.uk/greenwave
C YC L E
Green Park is a short cycle ride from many residential areas in the neighbourhood.
It was designed with cyclists in mind, criss-crossed with a network of paths that
allow for safe, peaceful journeys. Ready Bike offers bike rental with docking
stations across Reading and at Green Park.
TRAINS & CROSSRAIL
Reading mainline station has undergone a £897m upgrade and
runs direct train services to key destinations such as London Paddington,
Oxford, Bristol and Birmingham. Shuttle buses go to Green Park from the
town centre and the rail station every 10 minutes at peak times.
Planned to open in 2019, Crossrail will offer direct and faster access to
Central London from Reading.
CARS
Greenwich Park Village is located 2 miles from Junction 11 of the M4,
which has undergone a major upgrade to increase capacity and improve
connectivity between Green Park, Heathrow, London and the West.
BY T R A I N *
BY CROSS RAI L* *
Reading
Green Park Village
(Proposed railway station)
(50 mins)
(9 mins)
Paddington
(50 mins)
Ascot
(27 mins)
Henley-upon-Thames
Paddington
(30 mins)
(26 mins)
Bond Street
(53 mins)
Bond Street
Windsor
(32 mins)
Heathrow
(53 mins)
(33 mins)
Liverpool Street
Tottenham Court Road
Green Park Village
Reading
Reading
(26 mins)
BY CA R †
(61 mins)
(55 mins)
Oxford
(54 mins)
London
(58 mins)
Canary Wharf
(74 mins)
*Shortest travel times as per nationalrail.co.uk
**Shortest travel times as per crossrail.co.uk
† Shortest travel times as per google.co.uk/directions
Canary Wharf
(67 mins)
Bristol
(72 mins)
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WITHIN REACH
WINDSOR
ASCOT
The town of Windsor offers a rich mix of history,
culture, heritage and fun. It is home to Windsor
Castle, a residence of the British Royal Family and
Windsor Great Park, where you will find the famous
Deer Park, historical monuments and rare wildlife.
For children, Legoland in Windsor is a must!
Ascot is an attractive town with plenty of shops
and restaurants, as well as lively bars and music
venues. It is of course synonymous with the
spectacular racecourse. One of the world’s finest
and most famous courses, Ascot attracts over half
a million visitors each year. Mid June is prime
racing time. While there are meets throughout the
year at Ascot, nothing compares to Royal Ascot
– an incredible display of world class horse racing,
extravagant hats, and socialising on an epic scale.
H E N L E Y- O N -T H A M E S
Henley’s riverside location, surrounded by a
Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green
fields, lends itself to relaxation and long lunches in
the fine pubs and restaurants. It has an international
reputation earned over the centuries by the Henley
Royal Regatta and offers a lively summer arts festival
scene including the ’80’s music festival ‘Rewind.’
MARLOW
Situated on a beautiful stretch of the River Thames,
Marlow is a town rich in history. This is reflected in
the architectural character and quality of buildings;
in the medieval layout of the town and in Marlow
Bridge and Marlow Lock and Weir.
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B R AY
The small Thames-side village of Bray is known
as ‘the culinary village’ for its exceptionally fine
dining. There are three restaurants by Heston
Blumenthal: The Fat Duck with three Michelin
stars, The Crown, a 16th century inn with low
beams and open fires and The Hinds Head, a
Tudor building which retains its relaxing pub
atmosphere. The Roux brothers’ rival Waterside
Inn, also with three Michelin stars, serves French
cuisine at its finest.
D O C T O R S & H O S P I TA L S
R O YA L B E R K S H I R E H O S P I T A L
SOUTH READING SURGERY
Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN
Tel: 0118 322 5111
257 Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 8LE
Tel: 0118 931 3515
C I R C L E H O S P I T A L ( P R I VA T E )
CHANCELLOR HOUSE SURGERY
100 Drake Way, Reading RG2 0NE
Tel: 0118 922 6888
6 Shinfield Road, Reading RG2 7BW
Tel: 0118 931 0006
R E A D I N G WA L K - I N
H E A LT H C E N T R E
H I G H G R O V E D E N TA L C A R E
Broad Street Mall, Reading RG1 7QA
Tel: 0118 902 8300
45 Whitley Street, Reading RG2 0EG
Tel: 0118 987 1287
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READING, BERKSHIRE
Green Park Village
Longwater Avenue,
Green Park,
Reading, Berkshire
RG2 6AB
T: 0118 402 3533
greenparkvillage.co.uk
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Images within this guide are indicative only. *Entry to schools is subject to the admissions policy of the Local Education Authority and school.
Details correct at time of print. April 2016.