The Forbury Hotel

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The Forbury Hotel
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Abbey Gateway, The Forbury Hotel and The Blade
The Forbury Hotel is located in Reading Central
The Forbury Hotel
Location within Reading Central
Hotel chain Bird Group[1]
General information
Location Reading, Berkshire, UK
Address 26 The Forbury
Coordinates 51°27′22.9″N 0°58′7.5″W / 51.456361°N 0.968750°W / 51.456361; -0.968750Coordinates: 51°27′22.9″N 0°58′7.5″W / 51.456361°N 0.968750°W / 51.456361; -0.968750
Opening 2006
Cost £10.2m[2]
Technical details
Floor count 4
Design and construction
Architect Septimus Warwick
H Austen Hall
Other information
Number of rooms 23
Number of suites 5
Number of restaurants 1

The Forbury Hotel (formerly Shire Hall) is a grade II listed[2] hotel in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated on the southern side of Forbury Gardens, a public park in the town centre.


The Forbury Hotel's building was constructed in 1911 as a headquarters building for Berkshire County Council, and then known as the Shire Hall. It accommodated staff and held committee meetings, full council meetings being held in the Assize Court building next door. In 1980 the council moved to a new Shire Hall in Shinfield Park and subsequently it was converted into offices.[3]

It was converted into a hotel and in 2006 opened under the name The Forbury Hotel. The extensive renovations, managed by EGS Architects included a restaurant garden area with specimen pomegranate tree and a water wall as its central focus, designed by Terra Firma Landscape Architects.


  1. ^ "Taplow: Cliveden owners in administration". The Business Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Latest victims of the credit crunch". Reading Post. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "From old Shire Hall to sheer class". Reading Post. 2 March 2006. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

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