Reading is home to The Oracle shopping centre. A large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the banks of the River Kennet. There are over 80 stores including Kiko Milano, Hugo Boss, House of Fraser, Swarovski, and Reiss. The Oracle shopping centre is popular with locals and those living in the surrounding areas because of the variety of shops and the choice of restaurants and bars.
Every summer there is a beach bar, which serves mocktails, cocktails, it also has deck chairs on the beach for everyone to use. Hillingdon Prince is 7 minutes from The Oracle, the number 21 goes straight to The Oracle which takes 9 minutes. It takes 15 minutes if you prefer to walk from Hillingdon Prince Hotel Reading to The Oracle.
Oracle Reading Restaurants
There are many restaurants along the riverside at The Oracle that you will be spoilt for choice. It is really hard to choose which restaurant to write about as all of them offer a unique dining experience in their own way.
This is the latest restaurant to open is a Lebanese, relax in the popular Lebanese restaurant and enjoy the scenic views of the river. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the bazaar-like colourful setting. Try the mezze, which are the sharing platters. The tagines are all tasty and the Chocolate and tahini brownie served with ice cream is definitely a must! There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy. If you fancy a night in you can always order a takeaway to your room.
A latin restaurant that serves a wide variety of South American favourites. Latin American lunch and Dinner is served at Las Iguanas. Enjoy the enchilada, or the blazing bird. The popular tapas and Quesadilla and of course you have to try the churros. Their happy hour is popular, you can enjoy an array of cocktails for 2 for 1. There is also a kids menu, kids can have a main, 2 sides and a desert. There are lots of vegan and gluten- free option available. Las Iguanas can get busy, it is best to book or expect to wait for a table. Waiting times will depend on how busy the restaurant is.
Handmade Burger Co.
Also along the riverside, handmade burger co. serves 40 different types of burgers that are made from scratch. From traditional beef burgers to dirty burgers! You can choose a small burger if you fancy something lighter or you can challenge yourself and eat one of their stuffed burgers. They also serve handmade shakes which include Oreo, peanut butter, and strawberry cheesecake. Even the coleslaw in handmade. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and enjoy authentic burgers then Handmade Burger Co. is the place for you either for lunch or dinner.
Here are some more restaurants you can visit when staying in Reading
Oracle Reading Shops
The Oracle Reading is the place to shop. From department stores to designer outlets. Whether you are looking for that special outfit, casual clothes or looking for the latest gadget. Maybe you are looking for a gift for your loved one. The Oracle has everything under one roof.
With over 80 stores you are spoilt for choice. The stores include House of Fraser, Kiko Milano, Zara, Hollister, Reiss, Hugo Boss, DestinationSkin, Disney Store, Swarovski, Victoria’s Secret. Hotel chocolate for that extra special chocolate. The Apple store is situated on the first floor.
If you need a rest from shopping you can watch the latest movie at The Vue cinema which is also along the riverside.