This is a quaint little café at Knowl Hill on the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead, with room for parking for several trucks, although not open for evening meals or overnight parking. Nevertheless if you are delivering in the area and want a good breakfast or a hearty lunch then this is a great place to stop, with very friendly and helpful staff.
It is accessible from Junction 8/9 off the M4, and you then take the A404 (M) to Junction 9b and then turn left and follow the A4 for a couple of miles the café is on your right if coming from this direction. Alternatively if you are in Twyford, or the surrounding area, then you can join the A4 there and head east.
The café’s opening hours are 0630-1530 on Mondays to Fridays, 0630-1500 on Saturdays while it is closed on Sundays. Inside there is room to seat up to 48 people. The café has a sort of 1950’s American feel to it. It appeals to locals as well as truck drivers and offers a wide ranging menu from traditional Full English breakfasts to lunches.
The café promotes ‘restaurant quality food at café prices’. All the food is home cooked and is freshly prepared whilst you wait, although the day of TSN’s visit they were on the ball and delivered our breakfast in double quick time.
The special breakfast comprises two eggs on toast or fried bread, beans or tomatoes, bacon, sausage, plus two slices of toast or bread and butter and a mug of tea of coffee. This costs £6.50.
The mega breakfast, at £7.50, is the same apart from you can have two of the following – mushrooms, chips, hash browns or back pudding. One up from that is the Big Man breakfast, which is the same as the special breakfast but with mushrooms, two hash browns, chips and black pudding.
There is also a veggie breakfast which costs £6.50 and is the same as the Special, but with vegetarian sausages and hash browns instead of bacon.
A mug of tea (including herbal) costs £1.20 and coffee is £1.40. Lattes are £1.80 while cappuccinos and Mochas are £1.90. Hot chocolate is £1.80. Soft drinks are £1 for a can or £1.50 for a bottle, which is also the same price for a can of Red Bull.
Other breakfast alternatives are Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine at £5.50, and Eggs Royale at £5.95.
Omelettes are offered – £5 for a plain one, with each filling 50p more. A chicken, mushroom and herb omelette is £6.90 as is a Spanish omelette. All are served with beans and chips.
Baguettes start at £3 with one filling and are £3.50 with two and £4 with three and sandwiches are £2.70, £3.20 and £3.70 for the same.
For those wanting a bigger meal, then there is the mixed grill – rump steak, lamb chop, sausage, onion rings, egg, chips and beans is £11.50 while an 8oz steak with the trimmings is £9.95. Pork chops, with mash, veg and gravy is £7.75 and a jacket potato with a filling and a salad is £5 for those wanting something lighter. They also serve jerk chicken with fresh side salad and coleslaw or a roast poussin with carrots, vegtables and creamy mashed potatoes. As well as roast beef or pork dinners. They also serve corned beef hash with fried or poached eggs.
Flic’s Café staff follow the motto that the customer is first and should be served the best value meals and quality food second to none. Out the back there is room to park trucks, although it’s a little bit tight to get in.
Overall, Flic’s café is just a nice place to stop for a bite to eat!
Flic’s café, Bath Rd, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9UR
Tel: 01628 822426