Our welcome space includes a refreshment area and seating to relax after visiting the museum.

We offer a selection of:

  • tea, coffee & hot chocolate
  • cold drinks fresh from the fridge, including cans of Cawston Press and bottles of juice & water
  • a range of snacks, from cookies and toffee waffles to flapjacks and low calorie crisps

A selection of sandwiches is available from Tuesday to Sunday. Our range includes simple cheese sandwiches to mozzarella or chicken wraps. These are always popular, so get them before they are gone!

If you want something more substantial, hot and cold lunches are also available in the University of Reading bar The Dairy next door. (Please note that The Dairy is now operating cash-less tills.)

You are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden, where several picnic benches are available.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

We have been working with the University of Reading to actively reduce the amount of waste that we produce.

We are now offering china cups for hot drinks in our café, with disposable cups available only on request. If you do use a disposable cup, please make sure to pop it in a recycling bin at the MERL or around the University, as we are now recycling paper cups through CupCycling™ by James Cropper.

We are offering a 20p discount for any hot drink purchased in our café, so it has never been better to top up your refillable cup at the MERL! We are a proud member of Refill at Reading, a Transition Town Reading project aiming to reduce the amount of disposable cups going into landfill sites by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups.

The MERL Reusable Cup: Coming Soon. Stay tuned for more information on our branded reusable cups!

The logo for Refill Reading, with the text incorporated into a green image of a cup and the recycling symbol.