Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Reading

3.6
597 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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.
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3.8
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3.6
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Faye
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Unbelievably poor service, was ignored most of the night, they didn't even offer a desert menu or check if we needed anything. They added on an extra £40 of drinks we didn't order on to our bill and it took 2 attempts for them to change it, with no apology. Really disappointing evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent everyday lunch

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RonaN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pleasant surroundings though draughty table near door. My fish finger sandwich was too big to eat as a sandwich and had chips as well. Need more light options for lunch.

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Penfold
Oxford
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great to pop back in but the menu food and drinks let it down as it was the same same as every other eating establishment in the U.K. at this time and I hoped for something different.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

When out for brunch and had bill’s brunch I was disappointed with the food and service. The sausages were overcooked and dry, the tomato’s had no seasoning on them and lacked a lot of flavour. I asked with eggs, mushrooms and black pudding and didn’t receive any extras. My girlfriend had the same but with eggs and her fried egg was burnt on the bottom. The beans where only like 2 spoons full. Their was picked onions that had no purpose being on the dish. We didn’t get a check back while we where there. I’ve been a few times and this was the worst I’m highly disappointed and unsatisfactorily. Needs a team talk and more communication between the staff and guests.

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CathieW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out with family. The food was very good and service was great!

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LuciaM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Facebook offer of ‘good times’ with drink free with main meal did not specify any restrictions. Got to the restaurant, told it wasn’t available on weekends. No attempt made by the restaurant to give any explanation

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David
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A relaxed meal in a comfortable room with good solid food.

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LesleyD
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast to start our shopping

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday Morning breakfast in Reading town centre by far..

Really good choice (especially for veggies)

Service is always good and friendly.

Great spot for a family catch up

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took up the offer of free drinks with any Martin course, great value!

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SamC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I askes for sauces, cutlery and for them to takeaway old plates but they were too busy:(

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KieraG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was chaotic. Didn’t seem like staff communicating with each other well. One of us for bread, and was given toast. One of us asked for an extra sausage in replacement of mushrooms and black pudding but then was charged. We asked for more sugar which did not arrived I ordered an extra coffee after our plates were taken away, which took far longer to come than it should have. All little things, but they add up! If you’re going to add an automatic service charge to everyone’s bill then the service should be worth it. The food was great! As was the decor and cleanliness, however the tables were very cramped together.

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YvonneC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, atmosphere, food and service. We were served immediately and the staff were very attentive and friendly. We had a lovely garden seat outside.

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MaesahH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was brilliant, would definitely be visiting again!

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GrainneR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside set up at Bill's in Reading is lovely. Service was prompt and friendly. We had 2 courses from the set menu which included a free drink. For only £13.95 we expected the portions might be smaller than standard but they were generous. All food was good and overall a lovely experience.

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Karen
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere we didn't feel rushed at all and the food and cocktails were beautiful!

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MelanieB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Varied menu and good food. Nice decor. Unfortunately the service wasn't great. We weren't given the set lunch menu (even though we went at 12.30) and had to ask 2 different waiters for it. Not all of us had finished eating but the waiter started clearing our plates - twice!! When the bill came we were charged for drinks we didn't have, so it's fortunate we checked.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Asked for a jug of water three times which we finally got about half an hour later, when the food came out I asked for some ketchup and Mayo which never arrived! Ice creams at the end were all in one dish which was a bowl of mush! Normally Bills is great but won’t be rushing back now.

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SharonH
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Food and service was poor on this occasion. Service poor due to staff shortages( not all staff had shown up for their shift) and my scrambled eggs were full of shell

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Jewls
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. Good service. Food was good but needs more choice.

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TimL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A lovely evening sitting outside in the glorious sunshine with friends. Meal was absolutely delicious and good value for money.

Our only real criticism was the state of the ladies toilets. Broken seats, toilet roll all over the floor and the sinks were filthy - not what you’d expect in such a place.

You got most of it spot on Bill’s….don’t forget the details.

For this reason alone, we will eat elsewhere next time.

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SarahR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really enjoyable evening. The food was delicious and the service was fab, they were really helpful and tolerant of having small children.

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AlanS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Clearly a popular and busy venue, judging by the number of tables that were in use. The menu choices for breakfast and brunch are various, however on my visit the, 'pancakes' were unavailable. I shall return again another day...

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service slow. Got served food before drink. Had to ask for cutlery. Scrambled egg on toast, looked like it was made from 1 egg, was cold. Had to ask for butter. Table by us got served first, ordered pancakes. We ordered after, I ordered pancakes. We got our food first. They were then told no more pancakes, so had to reorder one meal. Staff all over the place, not looking like they knew what to do. Over priced, wont return.

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AnneL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed will be returning staff lovely quick service

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Sali
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good, happy with our experience

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LeeC
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue convenient location. Consistent service

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SonjaS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal. Service was prompt and friendly.

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ClaireM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast, great staff, great place to meet & eat.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We went for a family birthday and as always food was great. Just ashame this time round the staff weren't very welcoming when we arrived and when I took my son to the toilet later in the meal I had two staff barge past us knocking us both into other guests and didn't apologies. Our table waiter however was friendly and helpful, just ashame a few things tainted our visit.

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NannySue
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

ordered scrambled eggs with toast and was very disappointed to receive what can only be described as overcooked scrambled omlett. The toast had gone cold and there was no sign of any butter, we had to ask for it. Not the breakfast I was expecting for the price.

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AngieJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Always busy with an ambiance to match this place is a must try.
However it’s a bit hit and miss with regards to service and food. Both can be slow and the food sometimes a bit on the cool side for me yet nevertheless I still return as the good days outweigh the bad.

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CharlotteJ
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

really nice food and lovely setting, waited 20 minutes for a waiter to come over and ask for drinks, food arrived after 30-40 minutes wait and they kept forgetting to get the table a jug of water

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PaulR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable. The food was served efficiently and was delicious.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was nice , service at times wasn’t amazing or terrible was just standard. We got what we asked for but soon as we said what we wanted she took note and would walk off .

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fredb
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great evening, would definitely recommend going there, especially for a date or meeting someone special

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RuthS
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very attentative and friendy service, food was tasty overall good value

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janem
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were seated outside, 2 of my table were older and were helpfully directed to the ground floor loos! The food was delicious and well-presented. The service was good, the waiter forgot to provide tap water for the table but it was quite busy so this is understandable. The chairs/table were comfortable, there was some noise from nearby tables (group of mothers with young children) but not too bad. We would come again. Prices are very good and quality of food and drink is very high.

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Dawn
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a lovely find! After meeting my friend after nearly 2 years (same as many people) we wanted somewhere quiet with good food so we could catch up.

The service was excellent, very attentive.
The food was lovely, I opted for the mac & cheese whilst my friend had the fish pie - I dint like fish but even I thought it looked amazing!

We sat outdoors, which was very comfortable. We do plan to go there again and I'm sure it will become out regular meeting place! Even if it is just for a drink :-)

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Reading is rated 3.6 stars by 597 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 reservations at the moment.