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7, Union Street, Reading RG1 1EU, England
+44 118 957 2937
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Today
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Proudly independent, Quantum Web Cafe is Reading's longest established...
Proudly independent, Quantum Web Cafe is Reading's longest established Internet Cafe, first opening our doors in February 2000. Since then, many updates, services and decor changes have occurred, but we still pride ourselves on excellent service and a friendly atmosphere, whether you're using a PC, or just coming in for coffee or a meal. The first floor consists of PC's, Xbox and a hire-able private office for sole or for meetings, and the ground floor consists mainly of cafe seating (including tables outside) but with a few PCs for quick access. Quantum was runner up in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Reading Retail Awards and winner in 2014 of the 'Favourite Coffee Shop' category. Come and try our quirky little cafe and watch the world go by!
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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Had a blast!

Just experienced a LAN party at Quantum, and it was great! The staff were friendly, food was good and the computer were pretty fast too. We made lots of noise (sorry!) and that staff didn't even mind. I would definitely visit Quantum again, I was overall happy with my visit! Thanks for a good day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
Alex D
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Just experienced a LAN party at Quantum, and it was great! The staff were friendly, food was good and the computer were pretty fast too. We made lots of noise (sorry!) and that staff didn't even mind. I would definitely visit Quantum again, I was overall happy with my visit! Thanks for a good day, Quantum!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Good cakes and coffees.... not tried the food and breakfast......dining place is small... so not great to go with a group of people....staff very friendly

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Joyce, we appreciate all of them. As a small business in a very competitive environment and up against the big boys who dominate Reading, we look at every single one carefully and try and learn from it. Your review, however, is a bit of a conundrum! You've been really quite positive in your actual review (good... More 

Berkshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Smashing little place down Smelly Alley in Reading. Ideal if you don't surf "on the go" and want to have a few moments with a drink and a nibble whilst surfing in their internet cafe. Reasonable prices too.

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Awww, thank you LyndaBowyer, we're a very small business when compared to the chains, and we always really, REALLY appreciate it when people take the time to review us. Thank you so much and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Washington, DC
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Calling all business travelers staying in Reading, and citizens of the town/area - if you want to work, access the Internet, print anything, and have a nice cuppa and/or a full English, Quantum is THE place to visit. In the historic "Smelly Alley" (Union Street), Quantum's "Bog Standard" breakfast is nothing but. Hot plate serves hot food (can't beat that!).... More 

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

NOTE: Tripadvisor 'new review' notification seems to have been not working for a few months, so apologies for late response) Thanks Reviewer1966, really enjoyed your comments! We ALWAYS really appreciate it when people take the time to actually review us because it does take a few minutes, and from the other side of the pond too! Thanks very much and... More 

Reading
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Web cafe. Knowledgable staff. Free WiFi. Good Food. Licensed to sell alcohol. Printing, laminating, scanning, gaming (upstairs is best), welcoming atmosphere. Smoking tables outside. The Gents is a scream (have a look). Private work room.

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

NOTE: Tripadvisor 'new review' notification seems to have been not working for a few months, so apologies for late response) Thanks ReadingJuliet for your lovely review, really appreciate the time you have taken. I see you have a similar sense of humour if you enjoyed the artwork in the gents loos! We're re-doing them in the next month or so... More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Was looking to have some breakfast and whilst taking a short cut from Friar Street towards Broad Street via "smelly alley" saw the Quantum café. They had a board outside showing breakfasts that they serve so decided to go in. As you enter on your right there is a display counter with selection of cakes, muffins etc. The looked absolutely... More 

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

NOTE: Tripadvisor 'new review' notification seems to have been not working for a few months, so apologies for late response) Well, it sounds like this really didn't go according to plan. Very unusual feedback for the two ladies as well, who normally get the exact opposite. In direct answer to your question: no the tomatoes are NOT supposed to be... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I've lived in the Reading area for years, but today was the first time I'd paid a visit. Just what was required on a Sunday morning before doing a spot of Christmas shopping. Friendly service, nice relaxed venue and the two cups of tea and sausage sarnie were very good value. One suggestion...I wouldn't bother with the crisps and slices... More 

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Dave, for your review. As we always say, we really appreciate the time people take actually logging in and writing a few lines about our little cafe. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, we're very proud of our team there! The sausages are freshly made by hand every day from the local butchers and they never... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Quantum cafe just gets better and better. Current staff are very helpful and polite. Food is a mixture of coffee-shop style snacks - muffins, cakes etc, or cooked pub-grub type food, baguettes, melts, fry-ups, cheese on toast that sort of thing, but is always tasty and much much cheaper than going to one of the corporate chain outfits. And now... More 

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JasonADeane, Manager at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, Guitardog, for your time. I know you have reviewed us before and we really appreciate the updated viewpoint. There's been a lot of work done over the last six months, although most is behind the scenes, but the credit has to go to the long serving team who seem to be going from strength to strength. I'm really... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

An amazing little find right at the heart of Reading and located along one of Reading's most historic alleys! Brilliant service and great food! There is always something interesting going on at Quantum. The team really put a lot of thought into their service and how to stand out from the crowd! Love it - definitely worth a visit or... More 

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Zsusiking! as with anyone who makes the effort and takes the time to write these, we are always very grateful. Glad you had a great visit and I'm glad you spotted that we've always got something going on or coming up in the cafe! Who knows what it will be next time you're in? Thanks again and hope... More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This really is a fantastic web café. It's hidden, off the main street in an alley, but once you find it you will love it as much as I do. It's really easy to use the computers and internet here. You are given a laminated set of instructions when you arrive and you are only charged for the time you... More 

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JasonADeane, Owner at Quantum Web Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much 432JJ for your lovely review. As a reviewer myself, I know that you really do have to make an effort to spend the time writing these, but as a business owner I can't tell you how much we appreciate it. We spend A LOT of time making sure the PCs are running properly at all times,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7, Union Street, Reading RG1 1EU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 957 2937

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 12
  • Cuisine: Café

Description

Proudly independent, Quantum Web Cafe is Reading's longest established Internet Cafe, first opening our doors in February 2000. Since then, many updates, services and decor changes have occurred, but we still pride ourselves on excellent service and a friendly atmosphere, whether you're using a PC, or just coming in for coffee or a meal. The first floor consists of PC's, Xbox and a hire-able private office for sole or for meetings, and the ground floor consists mainly of cafe seating (including tables outside) but with a few PCs for quick access. Quantum was runner up in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Reading Retail Awards and winner in 2014 of the 'Favourite Coffee Shop' category. Come and try our quirky little cafe and watch the world go by!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?