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Flick through the pages of pretty much any 19th century novel, compare it with the Reading dating scene set before us today and you’d be for forgiven for thinking that perhaps romance has indeed breathed its last breath; with Reading singles seemingly more preoccupied with kissing in clubs than gathering wild flowers. But here at eHarmony.co.uk we disagree; we think there’s still some life in her yet, so we’ve highlighted our top, old fashioned Reading dating ideas to re-ignite the romantic in you:
1. Herb Farm
For a dreamy date that’ll feel as though it’s been plucked from the pages of a Jane Austen novel, Herb Farm, close to the village of Sonning Common, presents an extensive collection of herbal plants and products and is a perfect afternoon retreat for mushy Reading singles . Stroll with your date through the gorgeous gardens taking in the areas natural splendor, or if things are going well, steal a kiss within the privacy of the Saxon Maze; it’s the perfect setting in which to get to know one another and you can end the afternoon with a tea for two in the delightful Daisy’s Coffee Shop.
2. Mapledurham House
The unlikely inspiration for the infamous Toad of Toad Hall (of Wind in the Willows fame) and an utterly magnificent stately home, Mapledurham House and Watermill would make for a totally enjoyable day out. Set away from the town itself, and edging into the glorious Berkshire countryside, it’s an oasis of peace and tranquility; itching to be enjoyed by Reading singles. For a really romantic Reading dating idea, during the long summer months, arrive at dusk for the open-air theatre’s nightly performance and hare a champagne picnic while a classic tale of passion and romance is played out before you.
3. Wellington Country Park
Wellington Country Park is over 350 acres of woodland, lakes and park straddling the Berkshire, Hampshire boarder. Exploring the area together, either by foot or on two wheels, is a great free dating idea. With nothing but unspoiled Reading countryside for miles around you’ll have no excuse for not really getting to know each other.
4. A Romantic meal
Despite the risk of the overly formal setting putting unnecessary strain on conversation – highlighting awkward silences - when done correctly, a good meal in an moody restaurant, accompanied by fine wine can work wonders for fostering conversation, chemistry and electricity; and can help turn a good date into a truly magical evening. When it comes to fine dining, dating in Reading does not fall short, with a formidable selection of restaurants. London Street Brasserie and Myalacarte are both excellent choices.
There’s plenty of romance to be had for the right couple in this charming Berkshire town, but, with so many Reading singles and so many Reading dating sites how do you even begin to go about tracking down the right matches? eHarmony makes it easy for you to find local singles who share your interests, and crucially, your hopes for a meaningful and long-term relationship. Sign up to eHarmony today, and begin a real romance!