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Welcome to our site! READING INDIES celebrates some of the town centre’s best independent businesses and the hard-working heroes running them. From vintage clothing to the finest fish, tasty tipples and mouthwatering cakes, elegant menswear and a shop full of superheroes, Reading is packed with an eclectic range of delights – so let’s get shopping!... Continue Reading →

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The 12 Days Of Reading Indies Christmas

Stop! Refrain from selecting yet another pair of chain store socks for Pops or that generic trio of hand creams for your Mum because they come with a handy washbag. Say goodbye to present-buying mediocrity. Say hello to a selection of brilliant finds from Reading town centre’s independent makers and traders. Whether it’s for a... Continue Reading →

‘A Wonderful Journey’

If you thought boardgames stopped at Scrabble, Monopoly and Pie Face, think again. Roll the dice by stepping into Eclectic Games and you’ll end up a winner. Helmed by owners Becky (left, main picture with staff member Nik Carpenter) and Darrell Ottery, this nearly 13-year-old business situated in Reading’s version of Diagon Alley is warm,... Continue Reading →

A Surefire Hit

You can’t fake the kind of atmosphere you get inside Hickies. It’s cold and dark outside, but inside, as we perch on drum stools to chat with store manager Duncan Andrews (left, main picture), this place is alive. In the warm neon glow of the new guitar display are two regular customers – clearly accomplished... Continue Reading →

Life Of Pie

“It’s definitely pie season,” says Craig Hayward after another busy lunchtime at what can legitimately be called a Reading institution. Sweeney & Todd has supplied pies to the town for 40 years, keeping faith in a traditional approach to food and service. And the colder months are when these warming pastries sell like hot cakes.... Continue Reading →

A Perfect Blend

Football can be a great unifier. And in the case of The Tasting House’s newest addition - Anonymous Coffee, it had a key part to play. Anonymous’s Phil Carter said the idea was first mooted when he went to a Spurs football match with Tasting House’s Ciaran McErlean. “I was looking to start my own... Continue Reading →

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