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In a couple of months, this is going to be Quartermile’s best new bar, bringing some new life to the central square. I like a lot about Quartermile, and right here I like the views through the Foster glass boxes. Some of the fit-outs lose that, which is a shame, but this bar will deliver the transparent design intention with views from the street through to the public space. Michele Civiera is putting it together and it should open in the summer.
Glassy new bars seem right for modern eating and drinking habits; old pubs less so. Wandering about Reading on a sleepy Tuesday night I came across the Nag’s Head. Everywhere I’d wandered past had that dull, empty feel you’d expect of old man’s pubs on a Tuesday night in Reading. This place was thriving: darts and real ales the focus. I had two pints of Titanic Plum Porter, no darts. Off to Pangbourne the next day.
I really like these high quality towers slotted in between the old buildings on the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site in the middle of the town. The buildings and the masterplan are by Foster and Partners. It’s all of a high standard rarely achieved.