‘I went to the multi-award-winning café in Reading and understand why there’s always a queue out the door’

Take the 17 bus from Reading over to Tilehurst and you’ll reach one of the area’s most popular cafes. The Switch opened just over a year ago and has made a name for itself quickly.

The eatery recently won the ‘Café of the Year’ award at the 2022 Prestige Awards in the London and Southeast category. Soon after that, it also received a blue ribbon at the Good Food Awards.

I wanted to see what was really being served up at one of Reading’s most talked about cafes, so I decided to visit the eatery for myself. Offering, eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, loaded cheesy hashbrowns, and more, I couldn’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.

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Arriving at the Triangle in Tilehurst, I spotted the café instantly. It’s sandwiched between the Co-op and a Turkish restaurant and looks to me as though it’s always really busy.

Boasting quite an extensive menu, I found it difficult to pick what to eat. Some of the more lavish meals on the menu include chorizo and duck eggs on sourdough toast and a chicken katsu burger.

In the end, I opted for an Oreo milkshake and a vegan breakfast. Both sounded suitably decadent and delicious.

The vegan breakfast costs £10.50 whilst the milkshake will set you back £5.50. I received the milkshake first and found it difficult to drink as it was so cold and thick.

After a few sips, however, it became a lot easier to manage and I couldn’t help but gulp it down as the drink was incredibly moreish. The crushed-up bits of Oreo gave the milkshake a bit of texture and the ice cream tasted lovely and luxurious.

Several minutes later and I was served up a full English that featured herby potatoes, two sausages, a mushroom, a tomato, beans, toast, and some avocado. With eyes that were clearly bigger than my stomach, I instantly went to town on the plate of food, but found it difficult to finish given the sheer size of the portion.

Full English
I opted for the vegetarian full English.
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Vegetarian breakfasts can be really hit or miss, but this one was decidedly brilliant. The mashed avocado was well seasoned and you’d sometimes get a pop of lemon or coriander. The mushrooms and tomatoes, meanwhile, were grilled to perfection and the bread was clearly of a high quality.

By the end of the meal, I had to come to understand why the place was so ram-packed. Plenty of other customers were also tucking into a full-English or a coffee with a piece of cake. After my meal, I spoke to one of the owners Daniel Davy who told me how proud the team was to have recently received two accolades.

He mentioned that the café has a diverse range of customers, which is reflected in the Switch menu. The brunch items draw inspiration from different cuisines and the eatery caters to vegetarians, vegans, and those who are gluten-free.

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