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A Freshers Guide to Reading’s Gems

We like to think we have a pretty good perspective on ‘all things student’ in Reading here at TimeTrap. With our team being made up of graduates from the University we thought we’d combine our knowledge and try and come up with a list of all of the places that took us years to truly discover. These are (in our humble opinion) the very best places in Reading:

Best Breakfast – Bluegrass BBQ

Now 90{c98744ccae5668db9fdf965b5181e578d15abb3be237b2137971b47a11c08058} of UoR students would instantly reply with Café Yolk when asked this question. However, even though Yolk is pretty damn good, if you don’t mind the walk into town there is no beating a Bluegrass breakfast. Whether it is a stack of pancakes or a full English, it is definitely up there with best places in town to cure a killer hangover or fill your stomach. I mean come on, they bake their eggs for goodness sake.

Caffeine Fix – Tamp Culture Coffee

Now somehow over two years old, Tamp has been making waves (and coffee) in the town and has firmly established itself, in the eyes of many, as the best coffee in Reading – we would have to be in agreement. They are a truly local business, so instead of going to one of the many Starbucks or Costas in the town, why not get a proper brew from one of Reading’s best indie brands.

Classy Cocktails – Caffeine and Cocktails

Still relatively new to Reading having opened in May 2016, Caffeine and Cocktails really does do what is says on the tin, and it does it good. The vibes you get from the place are great and they certainly have something for everyone with their drinks menu is 20 pages long! If you want to take advantage of their 2-4-1 deals (and why wouldn’t you) you can head to town Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 7pm or all day Sunday.

Cult Bar – Purple Turtle

You will get to know this place very well over the next couple of years (you’re doing something wrong if you don’t) and you’ll be in good company. James Corden and Natalie Dormer have both graced the Turtle’s floor and so have we! This was where TimeTrap first premiered as part of the Reading Fringe Festival 2016 with our first game ‘The Dungeon’.

Get to a Game – Reading FC

This may be a bit biased coming from someone who supports Reading but if you want to go along to see a good standard of football (with the team currently in the EFL Championship) then you have the opportunity to do so whilst at UoR. The club offers some of the best prices in the league with student prices £10 a game for 18-24 year olds. They have also run student specific events in the past so keep an eye out for that too…

Day Trippin’

If you want to get away from the uni bubble and fancy a walk, head down to Sonning. It takes about an hour and half each way, but if the sun is shining it can make a great deadline/exam break. You may even see a famous face or two on your travels (The silver fox himself, Mr George Clooney, lives here). Whilst you’re there we recommend you stop for a drink or bite to eat at Coppa Club. They are right on the river and the view is pretty sweet.

If you fancy getting a bit further out of Reading, jump in a car or hop on a train and head to Henley-on-Thames. You’ll see tweed jackets and cravats aplenty but, like Sonning, it is right on the Thames and you can even hire a boat out for less than £20.

Try Something a Bit Different – TimeTrap Escape Rooms

Oh yeah and there’s us. If you want a change from your standard night out why not come and play our new game at Great Expectations Hotel & Bar. We offer all students with a valid ID 20{c98744ccae5668db9fdf965b5181e578d15abb3be237b2137971b47a11c08058} off every Thursday. Just enter THURS20 when booking your slot. It’ll be unlike anything you’ve done before

FRESHERS WEEK COMPETITION: We are running a competition from the 19th – 25th September to win a game at TimeTrap. Be sure to like us on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning!

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