Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Reading

3.9
786 reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
A very pretty location, Bill’s Reading restaurant occupies St Mary’s Church House. This elegant Georgian building makes a fabulous restaurant and has become a very popular destination all day and into the night. Our private dining rooms are perfect for special occasions, celebrations, gatherings and meetings, seating up to 50 and 25 guests.

Experiences

  • Bill’s Christmas Set Menu

    £29.95 per person

    Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2021

    Christmas group dining at Bill’s This menu must be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance If you book within 7 days of your booking we will try to accommodate, subject to availability, A La Carte menu may be offered. Enjoy three festive dishes with a welcome drink included. Choose from dishes such as a starter of smoked salmon mousse, avocado and crayfish salad, our mouth-watering festive feast burger, and for dessert our famous panettone bread and butter pudding with cinnamon-spiced vanilla custard. Please opt into email marketing for information on this, future group bookings & offers. We will contact you in regards to this booking to pre-order your food. Please keep an eye out for emails from Bills Restaurants in order to pre-order.
What 786 People Are Saying
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Lucky
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place for a work Christmas do - great ambience, staff and food.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to book. Amazing service, everyone really helpful and friendly. Food great as always...eggs perfectly cooked!! Thank you!

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ICOA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a friendly quality restaurant with attentive staff

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Bubble
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The Prawn and Avocado was lacking the sauce and the Christmas bauble dessert was very sickly and too rich for the size. We were hassled by the staff almost hurried to order, make a decision and then kept asking us if we were ok all the time interrupting our long overdue friend catch up. A great atmosphere but rushed.

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SuzanneM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the quirky Xmas cocktail with edible paper motif and Xmas pudding with edible pot. Waitress really lovely too.

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LindsayE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday breakfast and staff were superb
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MadBill
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice early evening meal. Avoiding the crowds meant we could relax and chat without any background noise.

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Claire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Welcoming staff, great food and cocktails. Food was fresh and tasty. Good value

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambience - very friendly

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AlanS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great venue for meeting friends or family. There is a vast breakfast/ brunch menu. I intend to return soon and try some new options.

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Noreen
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have been to Bills many times and have always had a good experience. Sadly on this occasion the service was very poor. Water requested did not come, no cutlery had to ask for both. No one came to take dessert order, called waiter 3-4 times. Very disappointing especially as the manager apologised re the water, then again re the cutlery and then again re the desserts. I have never before not paid the optional service but did last night. Would I recommend bills, prior to last night yes definitely but the service will definitely make me think twice

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Blaire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The tables were very close together which felt uncomfortable especially in a covid world. The service was also slow. The food was average. It was like being sat at a infant school table for my boyfriend. I don't get to go out often and this was a disappointing experience.

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ClaireB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. We were late for our table by 20 mins and they still honoured our booking. Food was brought to our table quickly despite them being extremely busy. Everything we had was outstanding. I’d highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a great venue with good service- so handy for going straight on to a concert in the church opposite.

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KATE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really relaxed with great service. It was nice to be upstairs where it's quieter. The food was good and good value to.

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Molly
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Both service & food did not meet expectations. Half the drinks order was forgotten & we had to ask two or three times for certain things. The Bill's burger was overcooked and extremely dry. Nobody came to ask us how the food was at any point, but somebody came over to clear the plates before everyone had finished eating. Staff were friendly and it was a nice atmosphere, but it was certainly not worth the money.

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LYDIAJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely setting and clean. Good food but a bit slow service even though they where not busy when we arrived.

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AndyB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed first breakfast at Bill’s. Everything was lovely. Tiny criticism was that some of the food wasn’t piping hot. But we loved it.

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Spike60
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food at Bill's is always good. It was busy but the food and drinks came promptly.
I often go to Bill's and am never normally disappointed. We couldn't resist ordering the new Oh Christmas tree dessert which is a tiny christmas tree. It was a bit small and a plain or milk chocolate pot would have been better. However if you like white chocolate, you'll enjoy it!

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AnastasiaL
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere. Everything is a 10/10.

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MrsP
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with a friend. An interesting menu. I had cauliflower falafel and tropical fruit juice, both really tasty. Staff were busy on a Saturday lunchtime but still attentive. Good location in central Reading. Very enjoyable.

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NathanH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointing breakfast on Saturday morning. As soon as you are sat down they are desperate for you to leave. Not offered any water although the table next to us was. The waitress laughed when I asked for a three stack of pancakes (not sure why) The food came before our drinks. Pancakes were pretty dry and so asked for some more syrup but had to ask another waiter as none came and they were getting cold. Pretty insulting that the tip is included as wouldn’t really want to pay one as didn’t feel like a valued customer. Also you have to avoid being hit by the door when you are waiting to to be seated due to the limited space to stand at the entrance which is a bit of a hazard.
No time to actually sit and enjoy breakfast as they are so eager to get rid of you. Don’t think we will be rushing back which is a shame.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Great quality food. Restaurant had a lovely warm feeling and Deco was gorgeous. Perfect way to start our day shopping in Reading. Thank you

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JohnF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Refurbishment has improved the atmosphere

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JuliaB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, good service and ambience but the background music was at times too loud to be able to hear those at the same table. Ok, but turn the volume down a little.

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GrantM
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Well appointed interior in this branch of Bill's. Fully reopen since lockdown. Great location in Central Reading.

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LornaS
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The guy that served as wasn’t very friendly he didn’t really speak and don’t think he should be working in customer service role.
Not sure we would go back.

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MarkE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popped in for a late lunch. Service and food were exceptional, and we really enjoyed our short visit to Bills. We will visit again for sure.

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Shinchowda
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic venue for a small birthday get together. The staff were attentive and patient. Have already booked to go again!

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MeganM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was brilliant. Everyone was so very lovely and the food was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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Nubi76
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun n fab waitress who had us giggling!!

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Hazelnut
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely location, tasteful props and decor. Food is fine and passes as fair - average , good choice and healthy options but not overwhelmed on execution . Prices reflect town centre and beautiful historic building. Noise as expected on a bustling Saturday. Great that there’s outdoor seating space overlooking churchyard and canopy of mature trees: Wine fine for cheap supermarket taste but way pay more here and that’s okay. Waiting staff very attentive and friendly, despite busy service. Recommend for lunch meet up with friends. I’ve been here tons - Breakfast is great - good ingredients.

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IanH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was god. We particularly liked the staff at all levels.

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LorraineC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect brunch out! Best pancakes I've eaten in England. Two choices of pancakes, first choice being with fruit & second choice with bacon. I also had to decide quantity & decided on 5 stacks of pancakes (3 stack option also) as I wasn't sure of how big they were. Omg, HUGE they were. Pancakes were also lovely & moist with lots of maple syrup. Coffee was lovely and hot with even the milk hot given separately in a small container to ensure coffee stayed hot. Oh and server when asking for drinks orders before ordering brunch offered water, another good practice. Staff attentive & friendly & seating comfy & plentiful. The decor was impressive also, made it feel like a 5* restaurant without the price. I was even impressed with each table supplying an attractive looking bottle of sanitizer on each table. We plan to make Bill's our monthly brunch favourite from now on. Its better than our old favourite pancake restaurant which is close by & our old favourite french restaurant for brunch. Also my husbands cooked breakfast looked amazing.

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CathyL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely time, new staff had difficulty understanding What we wanted but we all got there in the end, so a lovely time was had and everything was as requested.

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Eddie
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Garden plate for a very large all day breakfast. Pancakes good,3 stack plenty.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant welcome and service. Good choice of menu. Food very tasty.

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Charlie
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Overall our visit was OK, however, there was an issue with the food which arrived only just luke warm.

Before we ordered anything the waiter told us they were understaffed and only had a couple of staff in which was difficult for the number of customers - although he was friendly.

The food arrived and had obviously been reheated but even with this it was a very poor standard. We both had the chicken with mushroom sauce/mash/broccoli. The sauce had separated and was oiley until we mixed it in - showing it had been sitting for a while. The chicken was very bland and barely warm, which spoilt the meal. We would expect the food to be piping hot when served and immediately when starting to eat we realised it was not.
We were in a rush so did not mention the food as we preferred to get the bill and leave as the meal had been spoilt.

Although Bill’s is a chain restaurant, we would expect the food to be hot, and would have rather this was the case than the food be served quickly and cold.

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GayleR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good ambiance but service was slow. Small portions.

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GillianD
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We didn’t stay. There used to be a Sunday menu with a Sunday roast and veggie option. Not enough vegetarian options not all vegetarians want to eat pasta or a boring burger. I expect you will blame this on covid!!! Poor menu

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Reading is rated 3.9 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.