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7, Union Street, Reading RG1 1EU, England
+44 118 957 2937
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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, 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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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
Great hidden little treasure

Stumbled across this place one Saturday afternoon when it was raining. Took my 6 year old son who thought it was great as did I. Staff were lovely and food was brilliant. I have not tasted such a delicious jacket potato in a long time

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Dawn O
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Stumbled across this place one Saturday afternoon when it was raining. Took my 6 year old son who thought it was great as did I. Staff were lovely and food was brilliant. I have not tasted such a delicious jacket potato in a long time

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

Hi Dawn O Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. Must admit I'm a bit partial to the baked potatoes myself, think it's the extra virgin olive oil and rock salt that makes them so tasty! Glad you enjoyed your experience with us as we look forward to seeing you again soon! Jason More 

Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I found this café by accident having to wait for one of the shops in smelly ally to do something for me my daughter is shy due to bullying since coming here its so friendly she now brings her friends foods good hot and fresh my laptop has been repaired here came back perfect on the day agreed friendly staff... More 

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

Hi Gary Thanks for taking the time out to set up an account and write this review, it is VERY much appreciated. We really enjoyed helping you out and watching your daughter's confidence grow. Hope to see you again soon! Jason More 

London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Nice and cozy little internet cafe with a friendly staff, nice food section of food,coffee and drinks . Wifi really good, there are printers and pc available and on the web site you can find all the services offered from this amazing coffee shop . I can just that recommend this place to everybody in special way if you a... More 

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

Thank you Fedelrma for your lovely review of our little cafe. As a fellow reviewer, I know it takes some time to do these, but we're always very, very grateful especially as these reviews are so important when you're up against the big boys in town! We work very hard to make sure all our customers have a great experience... More 

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

Hi Alex D! Glad you had a Frag-tastic time! You were a great fun group and, as you say, the fact you're on the first floor means that you can have some serious banter - just as it should be! Look forward to seeing you again soon for a rematch! More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 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
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

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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: Cafe

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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