Reading Co-working

Reading has a vibrant community of freelancers, small enterprises and people like me who spend a fair amount of time working from coffee shops and the like.  I thought it would be a good idea to  record my experiences in working from the various places in Reading and producing a score for each.  Obviously these metrics are entirely subjective and this is a snapshot of my opinion on the day I happened to rate the establishment – it may have improved, declined or closed since.

For more information on how each venue is scored, check out the scoring metrics.

Latest scores

Here are the latest scores ordered best to worst. Each venue is marked with scores in the following order: Lighting, Power, WiFi, Chairs, Tables, Food & Drink, Coffee, Noise, Welcome, Ambiance, Availability.

  1. 34/44 – Global Cafe:  3,3,3,2,4,3,3,3,4,3,3
  2. 32/44 – The Oakford Social Club: 3,3,2,4,3,3,2,3,3,3,3
  3. 31/44 – Bills:  3,3,2,4,2,3,3,3,3,2
  4. 30/44 – Ivory Lounge: 3,3,3,2,3,3,2,3,3,2,3
  5. 29/44 – Picnic: 2,2,2,2,2,3,4,3,3,3,3
  6. 29/44 – The Lyndhurst: 2,3,2,3,2,3,2,3,3,3,3
  7. 28/44 – Zero Degrees:  1,3,1,4,3,3,2,3,3,2,3
  8. 27/44 – Chan Cham: 3,1,0,3,2,3,2,4,3,3
  9. 26/44 – Workhouse Coffee (coffee corner): 3,3,0,1,3,3,3,3,2,2,3
  10. 26/44 – Starbucks (coffee corner): 3,3,3,2,2,2,2,2,3,2,2

Coming up

I’ll be sure to blog about new experiences and update this list.  Please leave a comment if there’s somewhere you think I should try.

§ 3 Responses to Reading Co-working

  • John Mc says:

    Great work, thanks for this. I’m a regular in the Global Cafe, so maybe we’ll bump into each other sometime.

    One question: how’s Wi-Fi in the Oakford? I gave up going there because you had to sit right down the back where you could pick up the signal from Revolution next door!

    • fringley says:

      Absolutely – check my twitter for the next time I’m about in town! The wifi is a bit flakey, but I have my dongle if all else fails!

  • Rupert Key says:

    Great list, thanks for tweeting it to my query!
    Decided against Bill’s cuz the guy said no power outlets when I asked!?
    Global Cafe it is :-)

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