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Open season! Shops and cafés back in action

The past couple of months have been a scary and uncertain time for local indies so the announcement that shops can reopen on 15 Jun is brilliant news and a glimmer of hope that life is starting to get back to normal for these small businesses. 

I’ve scoured social media to find out which shops, cafés and restaurants are set to reopen (with social distancing measures, of course), but if I’ve missed anyone off please do let me know in the comments below or on Instagram and I will add them to the list pronto.


Biggety big up The Collective in Caversham a brand new cafe and lifestyle store on Church Street launching on Thu 4 Jun. Grab yourself a coffee or ice cream milkshake (takeaway to start with) and snag a stylish gift or something for your home. whiile you’re there.

Gluten-free cafe Nisby’s in Reading has not yet announced a reopening date, but a DIY donut kit has been launched. The vegan, guten free apple and cinnamon donuts are a bestseller and now you can make them at home. Available to order online.

If you’ve missed your morning coffee and delicious treats from The Blackbird Cafe in Chapel Row, great news, Lara will be reopening for takeaway only, 9aam-12pm, Tue-Sat from 2 June.

Chichi London bakery/cafe Gail’s, in Wokingham is open for takeaway and offer a click and collect too. If you’re super-organised, order online (48hrs notice) and your food will be bagged up ready for collection. If life is not so regimented, you can still pick up sandwiches, coffee and their famous cinnamon buns on the day.

Honesty Cafés across West Berkshire will reopen from Tue 2 June offering a takeaway menu of drinks, sarnies and light lunches. Honesty at Saddleback Farm Shop, Hungerford, Kingsclere, Overton and The Base will open 2nd Jun. Honesty Inkpen opens on Wed 3 Jun – 8am-3pm.

Heston’s Michelin star gastropub The Hind’s Head in Bray is now offering an Hind’s Head At Home menu. The menu changed weekly, so if you fancy a meal with gastro twinkle, order online.

Coppa Club in Maidenhead, Streatley and Sonning has reopened for takeaway. Whoop whoop. So if you fancy a burger, pizza or salad with a side order of bubbles and ice cream, you’ll be giddy with excitement.

Eliane Smiles in Sunningdale reopens Tue 2 June with a takeaway menu of delicious, nutritious meals that will balance out the biscuits you’ve eaten in lockdown. Eliane in Hungerford will be reopening in early July.

If the smell of freshly baked bread gets your nose twitching like the bIsto kid, then head to Maidenhead’s artisan bakery Bakedd. They’re offering takeaway and local deliveries.

Out for a walk, bike ride or just passing, The Pantry in Yattendon is now open for takeaway Thu- Sun, 9.30am-2pm. Delicious cakes and pastries, plus sarnies and paninis to go.

Twinkle twinkle Michelin star, L’Ortolan in Reading is noow offering an extensive To Go menu with sharing platters and delicious vegan dishes. Or plump for the Meal of the Day – a three-course menu du jour for £35. Available Thu-Sat.

Dreaming of a holiday in the Tuscan hills, eating antipasti, pasta and tiramsu? Bray’s Caldesi in Campagna is offering a takeaway menu that’ll bring your Italian foodie fantasy to life. Available Tue-Sun.

Caversham’s The Last Crumb ir offering a click and collect service. What can you get your mitts on? Burgers, sides, beer, wine and soft drinks. Dinner sorted.

We’re turning Japanese at Hurley House Hotel in Hurley with its sushi drive-thru. The restaurant was offering sushi before lockdown, but it’s now available to go. Simply dowlnload their app, order, pick up in the car park and nom nom. NHS staff get a 30% discount too.

Andre and Rebecca at The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley have been offering a takeaway menu throughout the pandemic – and it’s a big hit with the locals. Simply place your order by 5pm the day before and you can swing by for a speedy supper.

Fancy a picnic? Gastropub The Beehive in White Waltham has just launched a takeaway coffee shop offering coffee, cake, ice cream and cold beers. You can even order a luxury picnic for two or hot food from the @Home menu.

Gastropub The Bladebone in Chapel Row has just launched a Sunday takeaway menu for collection or delivery to the local area. Order by 6pm on Thursday and a banquet of deliciousness will be ready for you on Sunday.

Mini café chain Fego Ascot is offering takeaway meals, fresh produce and DIY food kits so you can get chefy at home. 

Missing the river? Grab food to go from The Boathouse at Boulters Lock in Maidenhead and find drink in the view. A takeaway menu of pub favourites is available Wed-Sat 3pm-6.30pm.

For aa French fancy, Roux at Skindles in Maidenhead is also offering a taakeaway menu including faves from their restaurant menu, Sunday roast and BBQ boxes – available to order and collect every Thursday, Friday & Saturday and for lunch on Sundays

Coffee Under Pressure in Belgrave Street and St Mary’s Butt in Reading are open for takeaway. Need caffeine and a bite to eat? They’re open 10am-3pm.


Luxury womenswear boutique Fifi & Moose in Newbury is set to open on 15 Jun, just in time to pick out a throw on summer frock to cooly waft around in the sunshine. But you can also order online.

The Corner Shop in Woolhampton – a treasure trove of unique gifts for you, the wonderful women in your life, the kids, or for him. Just in time for Father’s Day. Naughty naughty, children. What do you mean you forgot? It’s 21 June.

Most of the non-essential shops at The Lexicon Bracknell will reopen on 15 June. Key areas of the town centre will be deep cleaned with a specialist electrostatic fogging treatment, which kills viruses, bacteria and mould. And wall-mounted hand santiser stations have been installed. You’ll be so clean while you’re shopping, you’ll squeak.

Indie department store Camp Hopson has already opened up its Home store. If your more interested in shoes, bags, lingerie, lipstick and fashion, then you’ll have to wait until 15 June. The doors to the main store will swing open for you to shop til you drop.

Pangbourne-based Kiki and Bow, which offers a lovely collection of stylish homeware, gifts and fashion will be opening on the 15 June. You can also shop online.

Thinking about getting back into something other than joggers? Jax Jeans will reopen on Mon 15 June by appointment only and then Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm with its cool collection of designer jeans, tops and floaty dresses.

Bring on the bling, Berry’s Jewellers in Windsor will be reopening on 15 June. Initial opening 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat.

Powered through your lockdown literature, The Little Book Shop – a lovely indie in Cookham – is aiming to open its doors on Tue 16 June with cashless payment, oodles of hand sanatiser and a traffic light system to maintain social distancing.

Got your skincare groove on, but want to take it to the next level? Aspire Clinic in Reading is offering online consultations and products can be purchased from the website. Treatments cannot start until July.

Roxtons in Hungerford is a bit like a micro department store, offering womenswear, menswear and gifts for all ages. The shop on Bridge Street will reopen by appointment only on Tue 16 Jun. You can shop online too.

Skin SOS? Panic not, Bridge Street Skin Clinic in Hungerford will be opening, by appointment, for you to stock up on the lotions and potions to get your glow on. Treatments look likely to commence in July.

Antique Rose in Wokingham is a packed to the rafters with unique gifts and self-spoiling treats. The shop on Bush Walk will open on 15 June, or add to basket online right now.

Spent lockdown perking up your room? Home boutique Maison Rustic in Wokingham will be reopening in July. They sell some lovely modern rustic/ industrial furniture and homewares. Or shop online.

Now you have been released from the shackles of your, a revamp may be in order. Caversham’s furniture, kitchen and interiors shop Griggs and MacKay will be opening on Mon 15 June. Exact opening hours are yet to be announced.

Bookworms rejoice! Hungerford Bookshop will be open from 15 Jun. Online shopping also available.

Muddy Award-winning women’s shop B The Lifestyle Shop in Newbury will be re-opening on 15 June at its spinky-spanky new location on Bartholomew Street. In the meantime, you can shop online for delivery or click and collect. 

Ikea reopening its doors this week. If you’re in need of a Swedish flatpack and meatball fix, approach with caution. The queues are pretty long.

Looking for a one-stop shopathon? The Oracle Reading will also be reopening on 15 June with a one-way system, social distancing signs and lots of sanitiser.

Know somewhere we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll update asap.

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