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The Market House City Pub Company

UK England South East England Berkshire Reading

0118 216 1750   1-2 Market Place, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2EQ

  • 24 Guest Rooms
  • Chic Urban Bolthole
Boutique rooms with industrial chic in the centre of Reading

Convenience, cocktails and comfy rooms with city-style combine at The Market House in Reading. Built in a landmark, listed building that was formerly a Lloyd’s Bank, in the very centre of town, The Market House offers rooms above a bar serving cocktails, craft beer and sourdough pizza. In short, everything you need for a night out, including somewhere to rest your head at the end of it. Even if you aren’t in town for revelry, the location makes this a great place to stay: it’s five minutes’ walk from the train station, three minutes from Reading Abbey and handy for shops, eateries, parks and museums.

There are 24 guest rooms here, all offering great value – in fact, The Market House featured in a 'Times’ recent round-up of Best UK Hotels for under £100 a night. Even the top spot, The Suite, with its big windows and lounge area, comes in at just a cinch over that. For the money, you’ll get a room with what’s called 'city chic' by owners, The City Pub Company, which basically means iron bed frames in every room and exposed brick walls here and there, softened by colourful throws, cushions and textured wall hangings. The usual hotel amenities are there too, with a couple of welcome additions: a Nespresso machine for morning coffee and a yoga mat for daily exercise.

Downstairs the modern but industrial feel you find in the bedrooms is amplified in the Market Hall, a huge open-plan restaurant and bar where you can choose from pizza, small plates and burgers throughout the day – and, on weekends, indulge in a bottomless brunch. A second bar occupies a rooftop terrace. The City Pub Company is growing a network of pubs in cities and market towns across the UK which promise to retain individuality whilst delivering great character, fantastic beer, delicious food and excellent service. They seem to have nailed that here.



Open all year.


Double rooms from £81 to £104 a night, not including breakfast.


Contact Website  0118 216 1750  The Market House, 1-2 Market Place, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2EQ

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Getting There

From the M4, exit at junction 11 signposted for Reading and the A33. Stay on this road for about three miles until the outskirts of town. Follow signs for The Oracle shopping centre where you will find the closest 24-hour parking to the hotel. From there, it's a walk of less than half a mile to the hotel in Market Place. If you're arriving by train, it's a straightforward walk from Reading Station to Market Place where Market House can be found. Just head straight ahead along Blagrave Street, through town hall square and on to Market Place. It is a five-minute walk.


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