Historic Thames Lido Restaurant & Spa opening October 2017

Freddy Bird

Freddy Bird

Executive Chef 11th October 2017

Historic Thames Lido Restaurant & Spa opening October 2017

The Thames Lido is set to open at the site of the historical Kings Meadow baths in Reading this October.
First opened to the public in 1902 as the Ladies Swimming Baths, the site is believed to be the oldest surviving outdoor municipal pool from the Edwardian period. The team from Lido Bristol were given the opportunity in 2013 to redevelop the site and restore the pool to residents of Reading after being abandoned for 43 years.
The Thames Lido is an urban oasis for al fresco swimming, dining and socialising with the restored 25-metre swimming pool surrounded by a restaurant, tapas bar and Scandinavian-style spa. A short walking distance from central Reading, the site has a unique position overlooking the River Thames within one of the area’s largest green spaces.
The 120-cover restaurant sits along the northern edge of the building, nestled between the pool and the Thames. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen will reflect the authentic Lido style that has been developed by Executive Chef Freddy Bird.
From its launch in 2008 in Bristol, Executive Chef, Freddy has developed his unique take on Moorish and Mediterranean cooking in the award-winning Bristol Lido kitchens and will now focus his attention on the kitchens at the Thames Lido. The menu will echo the style of the Bristol kitchens with dishes that focus on the provenance of ingredients, primarily cooked over fire and in wood ovens. The open kitchen has a tailored-made fire pit which will be the focal point for the chefs to cook from and they will produce a daily changing a la carte menu reflecting the seasons and local ingredients.
The pool will be open all year, 7 days a week from 6am to 10pm. Heated to a temperature of around 22-25 degrees, the pool will be flanked by a poolside relaxation area and bar with its own hot tub. The bar area is open to the public between 8am to 11pm, serving a tapas menu from midday and sweet offerings in the afternoon. There is also an 80-seat function room on the first floor overlooking the river.
The spa facilities available at the Lido are focused on quality of service and centred on relaxation, indulgence and a healthy love of the outdoors. There will be a menu of bespoke massage treatments, alongside 2 poolside saunas.