Clay's - Hyderabadi Kitchen

4.8
297 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
Welcome to Clays Hyderabadi Kitchen, we look forward to serving you.
Our whole menu is based on Progressive Hyderabadi cuisine, a southern region in India.
Our food has seen praise from the likes of Jay Rayner, William Sitwell, Tom Parker Bowles and had received excellent reviews in Guardian, Observer, Delicious magazine among others.
We are a small but cosy dining space and we cannot take in any children under the age of eight years at the moment. Our sincere apologies for that.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 297 people are saying
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MartinR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Nice staff , Quiet dining, sad to say I thought it was overpriced but overall we would go back

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PAULW
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved our evening out with friends at your great restaurant Rating would have been 5 star is but dropped one as one of our friends found her fish dish too salty I had a taste and had to agree
However my Christmas special belly pork was outstanding as was everything else ( bar the fish ). I even got to taste some of my wife’s lamb all be it that it was the scrapings from the pot that we managed to get home in one piece ( the pot and us ) and the cold tasting was this morning. The pot might be transformed into a candle or used as intended if I could find the appropriate recipe
So many thanks to all involved at Clay’s

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Krelleth
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in Reading. We come back time and time again.

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Danielagrifflein222222333
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit as we have only recently moved to Reading from London. We were completely blown away by the quality of the food and service. Everything was simply perfect and we will be back soon.
We have already decided that we will treat our relatives to one of the delivery meals as they don’t live in Reading.
Thank you so much for a perfect evening.

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ClareS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and inventive dishes from Hyderabad, a wide variety of flavours, all beautifully cooked and served by friendly staff.

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DinersRus
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decor not to my liking but staff friendly and efficient. Icy blast from the door wasn’t good but can’t be helped. Food lovely. Bit too spicy for me but ok for my husband. Would visit again.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had paid but had not finished and still had time left on our two hour timeslot which was booked.

We were then asked if we were ready to leave by one person and then asked again by another person who seemed to have pressured the first person into asking.

We were still finishing our drinks and some of our party needed to use the toilets before we left.

I had to voice this to the second person even though it was obvious that there were drinks still being consumed.

We all felt this put a dampener on what was a good evening until that point.

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KarenO
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food as usual which is why we keep going back!

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KerryF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Having ordered their home delivery a few times, I was really excited to try Clay's 'IRL'. I was definitely not disappointed. Every dish was amazing and our friends, who hadn't ever experienced it before, were delighted.

I want to go back asap to try a few more things, as the menu is so varied and enticing.

Service was very polite and quick. The restaurant is cute but my only criticism is the tables are very small. Tricky for four adults who want to try a lot of food.

Amazing value for such freshly prepared food with quality ingredients.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find ! Incredible food and very generous portions

SH
SueH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and venue! Very unique food and great gins!!

MW
MikeW
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Superb food and service. The unfortunate leak onto me from domestic premises above was handled very quickly and professionally. The environment is somewhat basic but this is a restaurant whose staff care about the things that matter.

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Clives7
Oxford
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard that Clays was good but we never though it would be as good as it is. The flavours are amazing and the service is great and they are really nice people

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, just a wonderful experience

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Curefan
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prawn, cauliflower and pork starters very good. Breads worth having. We all liked the crackers. Mains were good.

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SpenceN
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very original flavours and styles which makes it a cut above most of the other Indian restaurants.

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HenriettaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food again. Friendly service…can’t recommend this place highly enough.

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SallyH
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday meal with family. Good menu choices, different from a standard Indian menu which was interesting and exciting. Great flavours and spices in all the dishes. Good portions, good service and reasonable price. Thoroughly enjoyed.

JR
JohnR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend a visit to Clay's fantastic regional Indian cuisine. I had Village style Lamb cooked in a clay pot, which I took home a nice touch! We also ordered several small dishes as starters all of them I would have again. Great ambience, a relaxed environment and friendly staff. Get booking!

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SallyC
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite being a little late we were greeted warmly. Everyone in our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was outstanding and we look forward to a second visit. A hearty thank you to you all at Clay’s. We were even given the clay pot the lamb dish was cooked and served in. 😊

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Codders
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So hard to choose from all the delicious sounding food on the menu - our waiter helped us select dishes and the flavours were incredible. Nice to have Ding from a local brewery available too. Friendly and helpful staff who provided excellent service. Excited to go back and try more dishes from the menu.

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PeterT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best and most interesting Indian food in Reading. The owners are warm and welcoming, and the place has a cosy relaxed feel. The beer on tap is excellent too.

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ChristineL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A visit to Clay’s is always a joy and never a disappointment. This meal was no exception. The new dishes on the menu we tried were delightful. Can’t wait to go back!

MD
MissD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time with 2 friends on the 4th November; we were well received by the staff and then shown to our table downstairs. Staff were very helpful with menu choices (the Chicken Liver starter is yummmmmy!)

We were very noisey but never felt uncomfortable.

Will defo be going back.

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notnowsonny
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time our table focused on the small plates, rather than starters and mains. The prawns were sublime, the pork belly utterly delicious... I could go on, but won't!

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PeterO
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning! Absolutely amazing food; great, friendly service; reasonable prices. Did I mention the amazing food? Those crab doughnuts were to die for!

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Cl3irerdg
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent modern Indian cooking, great independent business. Book early, book often.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant just keeps on improving. This was our first experience of the latest menu. New dishes, modified dishes, old favourites; all prepared with so much love and care.

New - Crab minapa garelu (savoury crab and black gram donuts with tomato rasam), was absolutely delicious.

New - Wild mushroom bathani masala, a successful transfer from the delivery menu.

Modified - Pork belly glazed with Allam pachadi, a great example of the owners’ attention to detail and constant striving to find ways to improve dishes which were already impressive.

We are planning a rapid return to try the other new dishes.

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MelanieN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Small plates are generous and more than enough for two people sharing.

SH
SiandHel
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never tried anything like it before. Just out of this world. Thank you.

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johnk
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Superb food. 2nd visit. Had 4 home deliveries too and loved the inspiration behind the food! Best restaurant in Reading? Probably.

PD
PaulineD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Four of us ate different dishes and they were all amazing

TD
TheDom
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavours and super service. It is a great individual restaurant with a small menu fill of interesting dishes.

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Simon
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as ever. Really must go back more often!
Beautiful food and great service - if you don't know what to choose just ask!

MP
MarkP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite simply the food was delicious, especially the village style lamb, the wine was well matched and the service was attentive yet discreet. Highly recommended!

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Matt
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food on offer is absolutely Box Office! I will be going again!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants around. The food is authentic and delicious, and the owners so passionate about what they do.

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StuartF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an amazing meal. If you want authentic Indian dishes with incredible flavours, this is definitely the place to go.

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RayF
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can't fault either the food (in particular the chicken livers and pork belly) and service. The only very minor niggle is that the room is a little plain / uninspiring which doesn't reflect the quality of the food.

KT
KatherineT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly and professional waiters. Loved it!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Clay's - Hyderabadi Kitchen using the Order Online button. Clay's - Hyderabadi Kitchen also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Clay's - Hyderabadi Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 297 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.