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“Nice place, above average cafe”
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The Reading Rooms
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Reading Rooms is a family-run Gourmet Cafe committed to providing delicious food and drink. At our cafe in Nelson Street you will always be sure of a warm welcome. We pride ourselves on great service, great food and a fabulous atmosphere. We will always endeavor to supply local, free-range food wherever possible. Try our Norfolk sausages made exclusively for us less than a quarter of a mile away, that really is local! Our cakes are all made on the premises - try our Croissant Bread Pudding with Whiskey and White Chocolate or our handmade Beetroot and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. Call to check what vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free dishes are being served on the day. Thank you to all our Tripadvisor reviewers
Reviewed December 25, 2013

We do brunch there and it's really nice, wide variety of teas. Nice service Fairly tight seating and perhaps not palatial but cosy. We return there and would recommend it and rate it very good. these excellent reviews with twee blanket recommendations are a bit hard to swallow and might set your expectations a little high. Nevertheless it's an above average cafe , parking can be a little tricky as it's mostly permit parking.

Thank Marauder65
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

The menu is great for a local caff and they're obviously trying hard. Welcome is always friendly. But having eaten there three times now, I've still never had the dish as advertised. They seem to run out of ingredients a lot - fair enough, but I'd expect them to tell you so and either offer an alternative or just let you choose another dish. The worst was when I asked for Eggs Florentine (the whole point being the spinach), only to be served poached eggs and hollandaise sauce hiding a measly portion of mixed salad leaves. They had gone all slimy in the heat. I stick to coffee and cake now, go to The Workshop Cafe or Alexandra Tavern, both a couple of blocks away, if you want a decent meal.

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2  Thank Fllj
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

First timers. My husband's (40 something) birthday. Wanted something different for a mix of parents and their young teenagers. Knew that some people would be needing Sunday morning post Saturday night comfort food, and others something lighter. Ticked all the boxes. Paul was great about accommodating a party of 14 in a smallish space and staff couldn't have been more helpful. Great to have the option of BYO (thank you girls for lovely wine) and the men enjoyed their trips over the road to the pub for pints. Really great find and will definitely be back. Sorry to the 2 guys that couldn't stand the noise of our party and left. You missed a good time and great food. Thank you Paul and chef - not the easiest crowd to accommodate, but you did it brilliantly.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Went here on Saturday night and had a lovely evening. Great food, wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and really friendly owner! Great coffee and the best affogato I've ever had (with home made chocolate and beetroot ice cream!!). Top marks. We will be back!

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Thank Lindgind
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

I was expecting something really special, having seen the rating this place enjoys., We live close by, but had never been in., Having finally made the trip, on the strength of the rave reviews here, I can see the enthusiastic gushing is well over the top, having sampled a taste of reality.

Eclectic means "from a variety of sources", but makes the menu sound more interesting than it actually is. Chicken breast and salad, chorizo burger and chips - it's cafe stuff .and no more than average. Breakfast is eclectic (varied), with vegetarian options, no more than the range offered by any 3 star hotel. Opening hours are short - it 's not a place to linger, it's closed between 3.30 and 6.30 in winter, and the hard seats don't encourage long stays. Good music, cheerful decor. Service pretty average, perhaps it's different for regulars and friends. It would not merit a special trip from the city centre.

If the reviews hadn't been so good, we may not have been so disappointed and suspicious of their provenance.

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3  Thank clariyt
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