18 reviews of Sweeney & Todd in English
These pies are something to write home about.
If I am taking someone out, who is not from Reading, this is always my first choice.
I bet they would be familiar with pizza express, nandos or all the other chains.
Oh and back to those pies those delicious tasty pies.
They have 3 good ales on tap to...
I would be surprised if anyone living in Reading hadn't tried this place. It's fabulous. Delicious, honest grub served with a smile and for a very good price. There's simply nothing to complain about with this place!
Excellent pie shop in Reading, which makes a nice change from the identikit chain restaurants around the Riverside and is always busy. Mrs H, who rattles off the menu to every table at frightening speed, is a legend.
The anniversary pie - which appears to be a regular fixture - is a belter, featuring steak, mushrooms, port and stilton. Last time I went, I had a jacket potato and cauliflower cheese as sides. All for under a tenner, which is an absolute bargain, considering the size of the portions.
What else can I say that hasn't been said already? Nothing really. The pies are excellent. It's no nonsense customer service. Good value. Great bitter.
I had the venison and boar pie. Lovely. Though everyone our party of 18 or so enjoyed their pies too.
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Sweeney & Todd is an excellent gem in Reading. The staff are friendly and aren't idiotic. The venue gets packed most weekends so it's probably worth calling and booking a table in advance.
The pies are lovely, guinee fowl and green pepper is excellent, as are the vicors and sweeney.
They do take aways and also offer to heat up any pies you're taking away. Prices in the restaurant are considerably more than takeaway, but definitaly worth a visit.
I’ve eaten here dozens of times over the years - it’s one of Reading’s institutions like the deli around the corner in The Butts or the butchers down West St.
This cafe/shop does pies, there are other options but pies are their business & why most people go there!
Sweeney’s doubles as a pub & the guest beers change regularly & are always well kept. The bar area is rather small & can get busy but the there is plenty of seating out the back & down stairs. I’ve been with large groups a few times & the service has always been friendly & reasonably prompt.
The range of pies include steak & Stilton (my fave), chicken & sweetcorn, lamb & mint - to name a few. there is a choice of veg such as cauliflower cheese, broad beans, new potatoes in their skins, baked potatoes etc but NO CHIPS!
I’m usually too full for a pudding but they are available. The food is good value, unpretentious & tasty. The only minus points is that the accompanying salad is rather uninspiring & keep well away from the pepper on the tables - ask for the mill! Sweeney’s is popular & has a nice atmosphere, if a not a wee bit tatty looking. Worth a visit! Not currently open for Sunday lunches.
Been here to pick up a pie on the way home and also for a works do. I think it’s better eating in as the atmosphere is great! Not too sure about the pies sometimes, but I’m from up north and have had fabtrastic pies to compare them too. Since moving here though they are good, little on the smallish side. I would recommend the atmosphere but don’t expect massive portions!
Don’t let the name put you off - the Pies are fantastic as take aways or to eat in.
This is such a relaxed place to eat out and very reasonably priced. Great to visit as a group and always something good to take home afterwards. I am sure we will be back for more.
Sweeney’s does serve lovely pies, but as a wheelchair user it costs my friends a lot of effort to get me in there to eat one! Needless to say I’ve only been twice, on special occasions.
There are steps, and it’s a really TIGHT squeeze, and my wheelchair is small.
It’s probably worth going for a take out pie, instead of eating in.
Having said that, the service is friendly and, as I said the pies are lovely.
NB - they do NOT serve chips!
Tucked away on Castle Street, amusingly located next to a barber shop you will find a little pie shop called Sweeney & Todd. Locally known as Sweeneys this is so much more than a simple shop; tucked away beyond the fridges and serving counter is a little pub and in the cellar is a restaurant. The main order of the day is pie but with so many different varieties (some available all year round such are ham and stilton, steak and ale, 5 nations and vicars and others which are more tailored to the seasons) there should be something to suit almost everyone. The pies are roughly 6” in diameter and come either on their own or with jackets, chips, cauliflower cheese or ratatouille. These pies are really tasty and good value for money. The restaurant is usually busy but if you are in a hurry you can buy pies to take away.
A great pie and real ale pub! I first went here over 10 years ago and then went again recently…nothing has changed!
The selection of pies was great - it took us almost 15 minutes to decide which one to have! And the fact they serve real ale was a real bonus..for my partner!
The food was good - I wouldnt say they were the best pies I have had and I wouldnt go there regularly - but it is an experience and a good once in a while meal!
This place is small and tucked away but a local institution. They are famous for their pies, of which they have many varieties with some of them being very eclectic in their fillings, but they are all delicious, fresh and well made. You can eat in or get pies to go as their selection is right as you walk in the door.
Sweeney & Todd (or Sweeney Todds as most people call it) is an institution in Reading. Tucked away just behind the Oracle centre it has been in this location long before the modern shopping centre was even thought of. They only serve one thing, pies, but how many varieties. Of course lots of traditional meat-based pies but also vegetarian options and even seafood fillings. They have some crazy fillings which I’ve been tempted to try at times butI always come back to the old standards.
This is a shop / restaurant / bar next to a barbers shop on Castle Street in Reading. At the front of the building is a traditional shop with a large chill-cabinet containing a large (10-15) selection of home made pies. You go up a few steps to the restaurant area which disappears into the rear with dark wood benches chairs and tables and a small bar.
I ate at one of the café tables: apart from some ploughman’s lunches and roasts their speciality is a huge selection of pies on the menu, the waitress then lists what is available today which will be a subset of the menu plus some specials. Included on the menu were some standard offerings, plus some less typical ones: pigeon & peach, beef and ale, chicken & leek and various game pies.
It was their thirtieth anniversary the week I was there, so I tried their 30th anniversary special steak and ale pie with a blue-cheese filling. I chose a 30th anniversary beer, a baked potato and cauliflower cheese to go with it. The beer was pretty good; the baked potato was over cooked by at least half a day; the cauliflower cheese was OK, and the pie was actually pretty good: I think the (flaky) pastry was a little under cooked, but the filling was good and tasty.
It was mid-week and despite this the place was busy. Perhaps because of this the service was very poor. It took ages to get served initially, but later it was impossible to get a pudding or another beer because of the completely inadequate service.
I really wanted to like this place, the pie was nearly very good and good value. Unfortunately it disappointed on multiple levels, especially lack of service. I will try it again, but from my initial outing I would suggest that unless it is very quiet inside you get some pies as a take-away and leave it at that!
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