• Global Cafe Kitchen

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Vegetarian cafe offering labeled vegan options including cakes, pastries, sandwiches and toasties as well as dried wholefoods, ethical household products and toiletry refills, organic bread, fairtrade wine, local beers and a fully licensed bar. NOTE: Restaurant is currently closed but ethical, zero waste store still open. Open Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00. Closed Mon.

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5 Reviews

First Review by Gerwyn


Points +22

18 Jul 2019

Best vegan food in Reading

The mushroom burger is insanely good, I expected a squishy sub par portobello and got crispy tempura mushrooms.

The drinks are extensive and great, been coming here as a bar for years. Really a hidden gem in a boring town!

Pros: A genuinely ethical place (runs as a charity) , Uses ingredients from their own garden , Amazing vegan burger

Cons: None



Points +168

07 Jul 2019

Ethical and yummy

Although they have a very small menu the food is really good.
The staff are super friendly and helpful and the food is relatively cheep
They usually have a cabinet full of vegan treats made locally which are very yummy

Pros: Ethically conscious, Lots of vegan options

Cons: Small menu, Not open till late on Sunday


Points +24

29 Jun 2019

Vegan & Gluten Free

We stopped here for lunch, the staff are super friendly and the food was really nice. There were quite a few vegan options to choose from and a lot of it was gluten free which was a bonus. It’s also very reasonably priced.
(They even had gluten free vegan cake!)

Updated from previous review on 2019-06-29


Points +305

25 Jun 2019

no longer has Ethiopian food

We went here looking forward to eating delicious injera and curries, only to find that the Ethiopian place that used to be here has gone. This is primarily a bar. As other reviews have noted, the menu is small though completely vegan and vegetarian (all items can be made vegan). Unfortunately my review cannot comment on the food itself as they lost our order. (We ended up walking over to Miami Burger instead.)

Pros: All veg menu, Friendly staff, Affiliated with RISC

Cons: Food is an afterthought, Lost our order, Didn’t notice they’d lost our order


29 Jun 2019

Dear vegan_mum,
Please accept our sincere apologies for the staff's mistake. We completely understand your disappointment. Tutu moved out of Global Cafe a couple of months ago and opened her own restaurant in Palmer Park where she continues to serve Ethiopian food. The new Global Cafe Kitchen's opening times are the same as they were under Tutu's Ethiopian Table (Tues-Friday: 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-21:00 Sat: 12:00-21:00). As part of RISC we decided to become an exclusively vegan/vegetarian restaurant as it's more in line with the organisation's ethos of sustainability and ethical consumption. We are very sorry that you couldn't try the food because of the staff's negligence and we hope you give us another opportunity to make amends in the future. We're still in the process of developing and improving the menu and all feedback is valuable. Hopefully we'll see you again soon and this time you will be able to rate our food and not just the service.

Best wishes,


Points +513

10 Jun 2019

Good value, but unimaginative

Fairly limited lunch menu, and not the most imaginative of choices: I had the felafel burger (which turned out to be falafel in a bun, with chips); my partner had the halloumi burger (halloumi in a bun, with chips). But RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) is such a cool place, and what a brilliant selection of beers. I couldn't make my mind up between their numerous pale ales, so opted for an Erdinger dunkel weissbier. And the shop next door is great, too.

Pros: Fab beers

Cons: Menu a little basic


29 Jun 2019

Dear Gerwyn,

Thank you for your feedback. We're delighted to hear that you liked our Cafe and our carefully curated beer selection. On the other hand we're sorry that you found our menu and food underwhelming. The Global Cafe Kitchen is a new venture and we're still in the process of developing and improving our exclusively vegetarian and vegan dishes. Your feedback is important and we will address the issues you've pointed out. We aim to offer a variety of options and different specials each week so there's always something new to try.

Best wishes,


29 Jun 2019

Dear Regina,

Thank you! I look forward to trying your menu next time!


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