Restaurant Review: The Gorge CafeBy Jonny Fordham
August 22, 2012
Beer, bulbs and biscuits put Reading on the map.
Then came along Reading Festival – where it was beer (again) – bands and beats.
The three B’s are synonymous for those us of from the town.
And if you’ve lived in an RG1 postcode for a certain amount of time, it's more than likely that you’re just as familiar with the Gorge Cafe.
The bangers, beans and bread capital of Reading – king of the greasy spoon.
A quick glance on tripadvisor.co.uk pings up a number of reviews saying the Gorge is “too greasy” others “where better to go for a greasy hangover fry up?”.
I don’t want to think about the number of times I’ve popped into the Gorge for fear of sending myself into a calorific coma, however, I’ve never found the food too greasy.
On my particular visit, I went for the All Day English Breakfast (£6.55) – after all, when in Rome.
It’s worth noting however that you do need the appetite of a gladiator to finish this colosseum of chow. Two sausages (unfortunately these were a bit tasteless), two eggs (fried), two hash browns (both the size of doorstops), two slices of fried bread (or toast if you're on a diet), beans and a mountain of bacon.
Connoisseurs of the fried breakfast will mark the Gorge down for the lack of mushrooms, or onions, or black pudding, but there isn’t much room left on the plate to accommodate these anyway. As well as the meat sweats, you also get a free coffee or tea to go with your meal.
And if you're not up for tackling the fry-up then there are plenty of other options from smaller varieties to omelettes and even an Atkins special.
Another feature that sets the Gorge apart from other greasey spoons nearby, is the quirky cave-like roof that always reminds me of those papier mache volcanoes kids make at school.
It might freak out some festival goers after a long night on the beers, but chances are, you won’t remember it anyway.
- Telephone: 0118 9502446
- Address: The Gorge Cafe
227 Richfield Avenue,