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Tea Reading – Step aboard Whittington’s for the ultimate in traditional British refreshment. On board our modern canal barge, you’ll find a tea room with a difference. Contemporary surroundings combine with a traditional approach to preparing and serving great British breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. Our cream teas are the equal of anything you might enjoy at a fine hotel. Park in Hill’s Meadows Car Park on George Street, Reading and you will find us on the Thames at the bottom of the Car Park. Stop off to enjoy the finest in freshly prepared food and drink. We specialise in tea – but if you insist, we’ll make you a delicious cup of fresh coffee, latte or cappuccino instead! Looking for a unique location for a party, an intimate wedding or anniversary? Why not call us or fill in the form to arrange a cruise or maybe a vintage high tea. Wondering what to give someone for a birthday present, special occasion or Christmas? Why not give them a Whittington’s Voucher and let them enjoy a cream tea in a beautifully unique setting. Vouchers available from just £10.
Whittington’s is a modern, light and airy wide beam canal barge, built in 2012 and moored on the Thames in central Reading, just alongside Christchurch Meadows.
Created and run by Andrew and Lesley, Whittington’s sets out to recreate the traditional feel and values of an English tea room, in relaxed surroundings on the water.
Tea rooms are our heritage, and while they may have vanished from the high street, as the big coffee house chains have taken over, the Whittington’s team is on a mission to keep the British tea room alive – with a modern twist. Tea Reading.
Andrew is a keen cook, with a passion for creating delicious meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients and supporting local suppliers whenever possible.
Lesley is a professional singer, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Today she combines teaching with running Whittington’s, and some of her students form the waiting staff on the barge – so don’t be surprised if they burst into song!
” It’s always been a dream of mine…”
Cooking has always been a passion for Andrew and he has long held a desire to open his own establishment.
“I have always wanted to get back into catering and so when the opportunity arose I grabbed it with both hands! For me a tea room is quintessentially British, so combining this with home made cakes and scones etc, breakfasts and light lunches in a unique setting had a huge appeal. Whittington’s is about offering good food, excellent tea and coffee in a family friendly environment on the Thames.”
Andrew is a descendent of the original Dick Whittington. His grandfather was Richard Whittington, who was related to the original Dick Whittington. So the name was born – and the Whittington’s logo even includes Dick’s cat in its design.