Bill Collison, founder of Bill's, opened the first Bill's in Lewes, East Sussex, in 2001. Built on the same site where Bill had been running a successful greengrocery for several years, Bill's Café & Produce Store, as it was then known, was an instant success. The aim was to make a place that was colourful and exuberant, with dishes that were really tasty and also made you smile, that put every day and unusual seasonal ingredients together and gave everyone lots of ideas to take home with them. The team at Bill's baked, cooked and served deliciously different food, hung skeins of raffia from the ceiling, stacked towers of produce for people to buy and hired lively, enthusiastic staff to look after their customers. They wanted Bill's to be somewhere that really celebrated food and was welcoming to everyone, a place that felt like the next best thing to home. Breakfast at Bills is a great way to start your day; from a humble bacon or sausage sandwich to a bells-and-whistles super classic great British breakfast. Weekends are a different story, time to kick back and turn breakfast into brunch, complete with newspapers, freshly squeezed orange juice and plenty of tea or coffee. A very pretty location, Bill's Reading occupies St Mary's Church House and overlooks St Mary's Church, on a peaceful thoroughfare tucked behind Reading's main shopping areas, between The Oracle and John Lewis on Broad Street. This elegant Georgian building makes a fabulous restaurant and has become a very popular destination from breakfast time all the way through to dinner. As well as plenty of seating on the ground floor, there are two beautiful private rooms upstairs, each with space for 30 or so people. There's also a large seating area outside for when the sun is shining.
by Lorraine Reed on 22 Dec 2017
Really brilliant breakfast/brunch. So tasty and fresh local products, mouthwatering.
by Jan T on 24 May 2015
Excellent service and food
by suzanne stallard on 20 May 2015
good accommodating service, not rushed at all
by mrs j whiteway on 18 May 2015
First time for afternoon tea at bills but sad to say, very disappointed. Had to wait 30 minutes to be served and food poor.
by Emily Hall on 16 May 2015
Cannot recommend enough, we can't wait to return!