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Who Ate All The Pies? - The Titfield Thunderbolt
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Who Ate All The Pies?
According to Reading Borough Council, the history of Reading is beer (Courage brewery), biscuits (Huntley & Palmer's) and seeds (Suttons). The literati will point to The Ballad of Reading Gaol; readers of Crap Towns will recall the statue of Queen Victoria pointedly turning her back on the town.

An emporium that deserves to be better known is Sweeney and Todd (warning - seems to be a very slow link), commonly known as Sweeney Todd's. I suggested it as a venue when our team leader proposed a team Christmas night out "somewhere other than TGI's", as half the team (myself included) are not going to the company Christmas event. This turned into a whole development group night out. Though almost everyone had heard of the place, the number who arrived saying "gosh, it really is a pie shop" was surprising. These people also needed to have it pointed out to them that it is situated next door to the Castle Street Barber Shop.

The pies were, as always, excellent - this time I opted for Duck and Apricot, which, though pleasant, doesn't usurp Venison and Wild Boar as my all-time favourite. The choice is vast, unless you're a vegetarian, and with potatoes and veg, at just over £6 a head, it hardly breaks the bank either.


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pm215 From: pm215 Date: December 4th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)

bulbs, you fools, bulbs!

Though I don't know why I expect the council to get simple alliteration right...

(When I first came to Reading for the job interview I got a taxi driver who helpfully explained this all to me :-))
qatsi From: qatsi Date: December 4th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: bulbs, you fools, bulbs!

Thank you. Seeds didn't seem quite right, couldn't remember why.
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: December 4th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmm! Those do sound like very good pies! I'm going to Reading for a conference in April, so I will try to remember this.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: December 4th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
As you know, Sweeney's is one of my favourite places in Reading. The Reading of the Pies is a ritual that should be observed by everyone. Its family run. grumblesmurf and I had a long chat about running your own business with the lady who owns it one long lunchtime. And grizzlyjunk has asked me to pick him up a few take-aways now that he no longer comes to Reading.
altariel From: altariel Date: December 5th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Sweeney's, that takes me back... Used to be difficult to get a table sometimes. (We lived in Reading for a couple of years, moving out in 1997: I don't forget the date, the day after the election.)
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