The Square

Eat at the Square

We offer pay on entry Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner services. With a fulfilling offering of a traditional English Breakfast Buffet, Fruits & Yoghurts and many more.

We also offer a daily rotational buffet service during Lunch times, where you may sample a variety of different dishes from all around the world. Our dinner services offer a variety of Pizzas & Pasta dishes to punctuate your day.

All guests passing the till line are required to pay and we operate a strict policy that no food may be taken out of the Dining Room. No takeaway options are available.

ServiceDayOpening Hours
Pay-on-Entry BreakfastMonday – Friday07:30 – 10:30 (Last advised entry 10:00)
Pay-on-Entry LunchMonday – Friday11:30 – 14:30 (Last advised entry 14:00)
Pay-on-Entry DinnerMonday – Friday17:00 – 20:30 (Last advised entry 20:00)
The BarMonday – Friday
Saturday
Sunday
12:00 – 23:00 – Free entry from 20:30
12:00 – 23:00 – Free to enter any time
12:00 – 19:00 – Free to enter any time
Stir Fry SaturdaysSaturday12:00 – 20:00
The Sunday CarverySunday12:00 – 20:00
Food Counter & Bar Opening Times (Out of Term Time – Subject to Venue Opening Times)

Play at The Square

Brand new for the 2023-24 year, we have installed a variety of fun games available to play during your visit to The Square!

The Bar

New for the 2023-34 year, we have introduced a bar at The Square with an array of refreshing beverages to partner your meal. With the likes of Jubel, Erdinger and of course our house lager Supernova headlining our taps, this exciting new addition to the Square promises to elevate your University experience one sip at a time.

Stir Fry Saturdays

Our Saturday offering includes our famous stir-fry located on the Theatre Counter. You can dive into a culinary adventure tailored to your taste. Here, you’re the chef, customising your dish with an array of fresh ingredients, proteins, vegetables, and sauces.

Sunday Carvery

Indulge in the hearty tradition of Sunday Roast Carvery at our Theatre Counter, where a satisfying meal awaits. Revel in the rustic charm as you’re allocated a generous portion of succulent meat, expertly carved for your enjoyment. The best part? You have the freedom to pile your plate high with a variety of delectable sides – from crispy roast potatoes to wholesome vegetables and rich gravies, creating a feast tailored to your liking. With the delightful blend of flavours and the flexibility to savour as many sides as you please, our Sunday Roast Carvery promises a wholesome, fulfilling dining experience that warms the soul.

Good To Know

Allergens

Our allergen information is displayed above every servery counter. If you would like more information on allergens, ask our staff. We’re happy to help.

Come on in

We are open to all students, staff, and visitors.

Sustainability

We are committed to delivering environmentally sustainable activities.

Nathan's eggs

All our eggs are from Nathan, a former student of ours. He is located on Beechwood farm only 13 miles away from the University.

Locally sourced

Most of our meat, veg, fruit and dairy are sourced from the UK.

Fairtrade

All of our tea, coffee and bananas are Fairtrade.

FAQs

Most of our food is self-service, some items are served to ensure availability for all but you may come back for more once you have finished the first portion.

It certainly is! Have a look at the Clever Cuisine Nutrition page and also our Wellness Portal to see all the great things we do. Cooking from scratch gives us the ability to leave out various nasty ingredients. If after looking at our pages you feel we aren't offering anything healthy, please request a face to face meeting letting us know what you want to talk about (the more detail the better) and we’ll send the most appropriate and senior member of the team to talk to you. We are always happy to work with you to ensure you eat how you want to.

Many of the food items we sell take several hours to cook, some up to 24 hours, and as they don’t come out of a packet, this does mean we run out of certain dishes. Our team use their knowledge of what sells, and what doesn’t sell, to try to get the numbers correct but this doesn’t always work. While it is annoying when things run out, it is also a good thing we don't have packets of highly processed food in the freezer....

If you have missed something you really wanted to eat, please drop us an email.

Absolutely not. We cook our food from scratch each day from the freshest ingredients we have available to us and are reducing the number of deep fat fryers across our sites, using seasonal ingredients and avoiding processed foods, bases, pastes, preservatives etcetera. Our teams don’t like fryers as they are unpleasant to use and make you smell, so we keep frying to a minimum. Park Eat, Eat at the Square, Wantage and St. Patrick's are all working on phasing out fryers, so are focussed on oven baking items. Our Wellness Portal displays the nutritional value of the majority of items we serve.

All chicken and lamb we cook with is Halal and is slaughtered in a humane manner that is approved by the RSPCA. Beef is not currently certified as Halal as it comes from our own farm and our local butcher isn't certified Halal. At Bars and Dining locations, our food is labelled on counters indicating whether or not it is suitable for a Halal diet. Park Eat, Wantage, Eat at the Square and St. Patrick's can cater for a Halal diet with a wide range of choice. At Park House and The Dairy, only vegetarian and vegan dishes are suitable for Halal diets.

Please contact the Clever Cuisine Team via email or in person at the Concierge Desk. We cook from scratch in kitchens handling multiple allergens so there is a risk of cross-contamination so those with severe allergies should ask before eating. If you are on a Clever Cuisine Eating Plan please book a time to see our Head Chef so we can tailor our services to you. You are also welcome to ask our staff to change their gloves or wash their hands before serving you due to your allergies.

The University is investing to continually improving the student experience and while we aim to keep disruption to a minimum sometimes we do need to adjust services/offerings. Currently we are working on specific projects to replace our  IT systems, food counters, furniture and decor with changes being made in the Summer Vacation periods.

We love all feedback as it helps us improve our services. Please provide as much detail as possible, including where and when, as it really helps us. All our team members will give you their name if requested. Certain staff in some areas may only give you first name and initial for privacy reasons. Feel free to drop us an email clevercuisine@reading.ac.uk , or we have feedback forms on our outlet pages.

Opening Times

Term Time Current Period

15 Apr 2024 – 7 Jun 2024
Monday: 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Out of Term Time

8 Jun 2024 – 29 Sep 2024
Monday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Bank Holiday and Closure Days

27 May 2024: Closed
26 Aug 2024: Closed

Get In Touch

We absolutely love all feedback regardless of what it is as it helps us improve our services

clevercuisine@reading.ac.uk