South East

Moondogs Art Stop Café, Reading

9 August 2008

Moondogs is a terrific little coffee shop and art gallery; an unexpected oasis of colour on Reading’s Oxford Road.

Moondogs, Reading

I asked the friendly chap (Craig) if I could take photos and mentioned my hobby coffee house site. I was stunned when he said he’d heard of me… it’s humbling to think that I am becomming “known”.

So of course I was instantly beguiled by Moondogs and must therefore try hard to be objective.

Moondogs, Reading Moondogs, Reading

In fact, Moondogs is a truly beguiling place.

It is, quite simply, a small, photogenic gallery and coffee shop.  The artwork is striking (and for sale), with jewellery on the side.  My coffee was really good, and the hot drinks are at least an equal draw as the eye-catching displays. There are a fair few options, all of which are FairTrade.

Moondogs, Reading Moondogs, Reading

The cube seats are comfy, and the low tables and sugar jars a nice touch. Sunken from the road and away from traffic, this is a perfect place for therapy of coffee and colour. There is surely nowhere with a more chilled atmosphere.

Moondogs, Reading Moondogs, Reading

This is a delightful place. A simple pleasure that may just brighten your day!

Here’s a first, a YouTube video created by Moondogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp6hRLeg8sI


Address
167 Oxford Road
Reading

We visited on 9 August 2008.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Becky 24 November 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Moondogs is truely amazing. Everyone should go there and chill out. Best coffee shop in Reading by far!

  • Reply Dan 18 February 2009 at 12:34 am

    Tried Moondogs purely on the basis of this site and was very impressed. Relaxed, comfortable cafe, tasty coffee – thanks for the recommendation.

  • Reply SistaLove 4 April 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Went to Moon Dogs for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago on my own and was extremely impressed at the warm reception I was given.
    The hot chocolate was great, defintely recommend this place for a nice chill out zone along with the great music and art.
    They will be seeing me again:-)

  • Reply Peter, Alex and Buster. 8 May 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Moondogs is the bestest!
    The landlord and lady are wonderfully laid back. Craig (a very friendly and huge but unintimidating Scotsman) and Emma (his magnificently beaming other half) would welcome us in with a smile despite with our rather cumbersome 60 kilo pooch, Buster (who incidentally played a part in curing Craig of a fear of dogs).
    Their coffee is very enjoyable and their shop incredibly comfortable. So much so that once entering, my brother, Buster and I immediately knew we would be tempted daily… and we were.
    Every day the three of us (usually pub goers by religion) would sit in the relaxing leather armchairs or the snug couch and sip on the delicious coffee prepared with genuine love.
    The regulars are all very nice, usually artistic and ‘nearly’ always sympathetic to animals.
    I couldn’t recommend the place more. If you find yourself sitting in pubs realising that everybody gets drunk and talks rubbish twice as fast as you do and want a more positive way to unwind – for certain, Moondogs is the place.
    Five star rating!

  • Reply joanne 17 June 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I love Moondogs! so relaxed and cosy

  • Reply Brendan 10 November 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Yesterday I walked down to Moondogs after reading the review from this site. This place is fantastic. It is kind of hidden along the street though, so be on the lookout for it. Anyway, Moondogs is truly a unique place. Some pretty interesting and talented local art is all over the walls being exhibited and sold, however the most important thing about this place is the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the whole establishment. As soon as I walked in I was warmly greeted by one of the nicest baristas I have had, (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet the owners since they were out of town) ordered a latte, and sat down in a chair with the intent of reading, but pretty soon I found myself in a conversation with a nice older gentleman and the barista about all sorts of topics which lasted about 3 hours but the conversation was GREAT!!! One of the local artists even came in and we all had a chat again. Long story short, it is a relaxed and VERY friendly atmosphere. Moondogs is a GREAT coffeehouse and I look forward to the next time I visit.

  • Reply Dan 22 July 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Has now changed hands and the service and coffee are not the same.. It now appears to be more focused on selling fast food with lots of lovely fluorescent stars all over the place with prices of burgers and chips!

  • Reply Alghe 7 July 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Sounds nice. I’ll give it a go.

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