8 local hidden gems on industrial estates
Thought industrial estates were only good for parking practice and MOTs? Think again! We've found a clutch of super-cool cafés, restaurants and taprooms you're going to want to visit.
Mrs B’s Kitchen, Faraday Road, Newbury
Been lurking around Newbury’s industrial estates? Oh but you should. Among the car dealerships and garages, you’ll find Mrs B’s Kitchen Cafe. The brainchild of Emma Benson, this cool café on Faraday Road has transformed this rather dull part of town. The ethos of Mrs B’s is to provide an informal space where people can come and meet and enjoy simple good home-cooked food. It’s also a short walk from the canal towpath so a picturesque stroll that’s off the beaten track.
West Berkshire Brewery, The Old Dairy Yattendon
West Berkshire Brewery Taproom & Kitchen seriously boosted Yattendon’s social scene when it opened its doors (or, erm, corrugated shutters) in 2017 – and scooped up a Muddy Award for Best Bar just ?? years later. The brewery and taproom are tucked away on the site of The Old Dairy – now a buzzy hotspot with craft beer, family-friendly menu, live music events and quiz nights. It even made a guest appearance on the 2022 season of The Apprentice. Cheers to that!
Wolf, Green Park Business Park, Reading
Step away from your lacklustre ham and cheese sarnie, we can do better than that. Reading’s Green Park is not only home to the infamous wind turbine, you’ll also find a rather nice street food Italian restaurant. Wolf offers freshly made wraps, pizzas, pastas and salads. Close your eyes and let our taste buds whisk you off to Tuscany.
Loading Bay Café, Vansittart Estate, Windsor
The Loading Bay Café is one of Windsor’s hidden gems. It’s a but tricky to find as your weave your way through the back streets but eventually you end up on the Vansittart Estate. You’ll be glad you persevered. It is in fact a loading bay. Lots of upcycled materials in the decor, a small but perfectly formed vegan menu and the best aeropress coffee on the planet. They also put on lots of events, so keep your eyes peeled on their socials.
Phantom Brewery Taproom, Meadow Road, Reading
The Taproom scene is thriving in Berkshire – case in point, Phantom Brewery offering not one but two bars – Neon and The Haunt. Again, it’s off the beaten track in an industrial unit off Caversham Road. It’s open every weekend serving the freshest beer using quality ingredients. No food available here so make sure you line your stomach before you hit the bar. The Shuffle Board and limited edition beers are big hit with Mr Muddy.
Zest, Green Park Reading
Another gem on Green Park in Reading – Zest Kitchen and Bar is an indie restaurant run by Tony and Sally Cole. You’ll find Tony (who trained at London’s Waldorf) in the kitchen and Sally front of house. It’s a stylish, unpretentious restaurant with dishes inspired but their time in Australia and New Zealand. The restaurant has a waterfront setting, adjacent to the Ecotricity wind turbine. Take a detour and find this under the radar eatery.
Podium Place, Hambridge Lane Industrial Estate, Newbury
Rev it up, lady. Whether you’re a petrol head or find yourself stranded on the Hambridge Lane Industrial Estate, head to Podium Place for a speciality coffees and sarnie, surrounded by supercars. It’s a unique concept that we absolutely love. Want that Ferrari to go with your foccacia? All the cars are for sale. Ogle, dream, buy. Your choice.
Honesty Café, Greenham Business Park
Greenham Business Park is in the middle of nowhere. Home to a Land Rover and Jaguar dealership, an auction house, The Base and the Honesty Café. OK so there are more businesses, but you get my drift. When Muddy Award winning art gallery The Base opened here in 2019 and Honesty Café is part of their building too. Good coffee with an honest, simple menu of delicious wholesome food. The soups are amazing. It’s a buzzy meeting place with the option to mooch around the gallery, attend a workshop or simply meet up with the mate without needing change for the parking meter.
Double Barrelled Taproom, Stadium Way Reading
Another craft beer success story. Double Barrelled Brewery can be found on the industrial labyrinth that is Stadium Way (near Howdens in case your need a landmark). Started by Mike and Luci Clayton-Jones back in 2015, they brew, can and serve their core and limited edition craft beers at their Reading warehouse. The Taproom is open on Fridays and Saturdays and is growing a good rep for comedy nights, live musics and they have even held a market there too. Starving? Don’t these guys have local street food sellers popping up – Mexican street food from El Contador, nachos and chilli from Spotted Badger, crepes and toasties from Bon Vivant and more.