Thames Lido

Thames Lido

Modern European

0.5 miles
Napier Road, Reading, RG1 8FR
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If you’re looking for something new, exciting and entirely original, look no further than the newly opened Thames Lido. Close to King’s Meadow and adjacent to the River Thames, the restaurant sits alongside an open air pool originally built in 1902 as an enclosed swimming bath to allow Edwardian ladies to bathe in privacy. The renovations are simply stunning, incorporating the original brickwork, iron pillars and bargeboards with blue tiled floors, beautiful handmade wooden tables and a handsome bar area. As the steam rises from the pool, the atmosphere is sophisticated, tranquil and fun. What makes the project so special is the friendliness and enthusiasm of the team. It was their inspiration and energy that drove the success of Bristol’s Lido, and our fortune that they spotted the potential for something similar here.

The food also demonstrates the passion poured into this project. Executive chef Freddie Bird and head chef Digby Littleboy’s love for the flavours of the Med – primarily Spanish but with Italian, Portuguese and Lebanese influences too – offers a daily choice of temptations. Be prepared to explore and experiment – that’s the fun of the Lido. Meals are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there’s a poolside tapas bar if you’re after something lighter. The wine list offers excellent variety with options mainly sourced from small Spanish vintners.

From our dinner menu I started with esqueixada – a freshly prepared salad with delicate morsels of salt cod in an exquisite orange dressing. My husband discovered lamb manti: Turkish dumplings in brown butter and yoghurt sauce with pepper flakes. For my main course I chose hake from the wood oven. Its delicacy was complemented by a creamy, rich mushroom sauce to be mopped up with fresh bread. From the charcoal grill my husband selected a sweet, seared Iberico pork collar with a deliciously nutty, red pepper romesco sauce.

We finished with ice cream. Not any old ice cream but homemade, thick, soft cream flavoured with salted butter and caramel, and chocolate and Estrella – two flavours from a selection of eight. Even the delightful blue serving bowls were homemade.

This amazing venue transports you to another world where Edwardian grandeur meets a simple-but-stylish Mediterranean atmosphere. You’ll find nothing like it for miles around.


+3Thames Lido
Every Day
Food Served Times:
Mon:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Tues:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Weds:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Thurs:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Fri:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Sat:8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Sun:9am-11am, noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm