You’ve arrived in Reading, a large, historic town in Berkshire, England. It is also Berkshire’s county town, boasting several Afternoon Tea Reading venues where you can stop for lunch.

The area lies in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet. It finds itself some 15 miles from Basingstoke, 25 miles from Oxford, and 12 miles from Maidenhead.

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Evidence suggests that the town dates back to at least the 8th century. It later became an important trading centre during the medieval era. By 1525, it was the largest town in Berkshire.

Furthermore, it was the 10th largest town in England in terms of taxable wealth. During the English Civil War, the town suffered dramatically under a major siege and the eventual loss of trade. Mere years after the war’s conclusion, it played a pivotal role in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

By the 18th century, Reading transformed into a vital ironworks area, which brought about significant development. In the 1800s, the arrival of the railway saw further expansion.

Today, its growth continues, with many activities found throughout the town to keep visitors content. Start your day the right way with an Afternoon Tea in Reading.