Campaign for Real Ale

Reading & Mid Berks Pubs & Clubs

Reading & Mid Berks Branch real ale pubs

  • Arborfield
    • Bull Telephone(0118) 976 1158 Arborfield Cross Arborfield RG2 9QD

      The pub has gone through a tasteful refurbishment inside and out in early summer 2023 giving a welcoming feel. There is an emphasis on exquisite food in the main restaurant, with a bar area serving up to two real ales. Their focus is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for everyone, whether you are simply dropping in for a coffee or taking your mother-in-law out to dinner! In summer you can enjoy a beer in the pleasant garden and sample the garden food on offer; the outside bar is now fully covered and with the heaters makes for a great drinking spot, with fresh pizzas on Friday and Saturday evenings

  • Aston
    • Flower Pot Telephone(01491) 574721 Ferry Lane Aston RG9 3DG

      After lengthy refurbishment works during the early part of 2023 the pub fully re-opened in summer 2023. Under new management after the long-serving licensee retired. The internal refurbishment has brought a fresh new look throughout. Externally the garden has been re-landscaped with a large paved patio area together with new furniture and potted olive trees etc. Also has a fine grass area with seating.

  • Beech Hill
    • Elm Tree Telephone(0118) 988 3505 Beech Hill Road Beech Hill RG7 2AZ

      Part pub, part restaurant, the Elm tree is popular with both locals and those from further afield. The cosy interior of this popular gastropub features open fires, wood beams and a central bar. Spectacular countryside views can be enjoyed from the covered decking. Food is of restaurant style but drinkers are equally welcome at the bar. May close early on Sunday if quiet.

  • Burghfield
    • Burghfield Community Sports Association (BCSA) Telephone(0118) 983 3423 James Lane Burghfield RG30 3RS

      Located adjacent to AWE Burghfield, it was formerly MOD property and functioned for many years as the Burghfield Civil Service Association (also BCSA rather confusingly). Since 2009 it has run as a club with open membership. The main building houses, among other things, two large bars and the largest dance hall in the area. The facilities, including the skittles alley, can be booked for private functions. Food is served and visitors are welcome.

    • Hatch Gate Telephone(0118) 983 2059 The Hatch Burghfield RG30 3TH

      The Hatch Gate Inn is a 16th century Inn situated in Burghfield Village. A two-roomed low-beamed pub, offering Indian/English food and Greene King beer. It has some charming new features and original old ones with lots of character, oak beams and a large impressive open inglenook fireplace with original artefacts.

    • Six Bells Telephone(0118) 983 2220 The Hatch Burghfield RG30 3TH

      This is a popular village pub with a very friendly atmosphere. There are two real ales on a regular basis plus two guests. Sandwiches are served at lunchtimes Tuesday to Friday. The pub enjoys a regular bus service to Reading and Mortimer.

  • Burghfield Bridge
    • Cunning Man Telephone(0118) 959 8067 Burghfield Road Burghfield Bridge RG30 3RB

      The pub's name comes from a local legend of a 'cunning man' - a good wizard who would help to protect people from dark spirits and witches. The original building was destroyed following repeated flooding, however the newly re-built pub-restaurant has been impressively restored, several years ago, to its original style - complete with thatched roof. The attractive gardens are extensive. There is an exit directly onto the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath from the car park where one can stroll and see the narrow boats passing by. Alcohol is served from 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Food served until one hour before closing. Buses 2 and 2A stop right outside the pub.

  • Calcot
  • Caversham
    • Caversham Park Social Club Telephone(0118) 334 1030 The Milestone Centre, Northbrook Rd Caversham RG4 6PF

      "We have a pool , dart Leagues, board games and the biggest TV screen north of the River Thames in Reading! There is also a pub quiz every Wednesday evening. Just turn up at about 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Only £3 entry per person."

      Can be signed in by a member two times as a guest and then they will ask you to become a member.

    • Caversham Working Mens Club Telephone(0118) 954 5434 36 Church Street Caversham RG4 8AU

      Members & guests only. £20 per year (2018 prices). Only men allowed to become members. To become a member you must be nominated by 2 existing members. Although only men may become members, ladies are most welcome as guests. Members can sign in up to three guests at a time. Please note that the club is always closed on bank holiday Mondays.

    • Clifton Arms Telephone(0118) 947 1775 12 Gosbrook Road Caversham RG4 8BS

      A straightforward local Brakspear pub in the heart of Caversham. Landlady Seona has run the pub since 1995. Entertainment is available in the form of a jukebox whilst most sporting events are shown on one of three TVs. Both pool and darts have home teams in the local leagues. Covered and heated smoking area. Pub dog, Cassie.

    • Crown Telephone(0118) 947 1407 3 Bridge Street Caversham RG4 8AA

      Completely refurbished a few years back with a new internal glazed porch and extension of the bar counter. Modern decor with some exposed brickwork and a lot of timber on the bar front, ceiling and flooring. The large patio area with smoking shelter is popular. Sports TVs show all big events. Food features burgers, hot dogs, burritos and other pub staples.

    • Fox & Hounds Telephone07915 540926 51 Gosbrook Road Caversham RG4 8BN

      This is a popular and lively community hub, offering six changing beers and eight craft keg lines from local and independent breweries, plus up to four ciders and perries and a good selection of cans and bottles. Extensive outside areas are covered and heated. A blue plaque commemorates the day in 1960 that John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed a gig here as the Nerk Twins.

      ************** CARD PAYMENT ONLY ************* ************** NO CASH ACCEPTED *************

    • Griffin Telephone(0118) 947 5018 10/12 Church Road Caversham RG4 7AD

      There has been a pub on this site since the 1800s (when eels were fished in the nearby River Thames and brought to be sold in the pub), with the current building dating from 1916. Convenient for Caversham centre, it can get busy, but is surprisingly spacious inside. A heated rear patio garden offers level access to the pub. There's plenty of opportunity for a quiet drink or a big family meal, with an extensive Chef and Brewer menu available all day and specials on chalkboards.

      ************** CARD PAYMENT ONLY ************* ************** NO CASH ACCEPTED *************

    • Last Crumb Telephone(0118) 947 0749 76 Prospect Street Caversham RG4 8JN

      After a radical refurb, the former Brakspear Prince of Wales pub re-opened as the Last Crumb in 2019, now run by the Dodo Pub Co. Regular beers from Arkells, include number of ) plus real cider from the Cotswold Cider Co. One guest ale is often from Loddon Brewery. Spacious outdoor seating including sunny rear garden in summer and covered side patio. Food offering of pizzas, wings & burgers. Events have included outdoor film screenings. Note: now cashless - card only payments

    • Travellers Rest Telephone(0118) 947 9441 108 Henley Road Caversham RG4 5DL

      Grade II listed pub on the Henley Road out of Caversham, right on the junction with the B3345 - easier to access by car from the Henley Road going West. Cheap and cheerful Sizzling Pub Co (M&B) outlet. Front garden is a sun-trap on sunny days. Very near the Reading Crematorium. Two function rooms bookable. A refurb will take place summer 2024 and it will change from a Sizzling to a Rockstar branding

  • Charvil
    • Heron on the Ford Telephone(0118) 934 0700 Park Lane Charvil RG10 0UE

      The Lands End was refurbished in summer 2018, including a new flag stone floor, and is now The Heron on the Ford. This spacious rural pub has a good-sized outside seating area and is under a mile from the bus stop (126/128/129, 850) on the old Bath Road. Sited by the ford across the River Loddon, walkers from Hurst can use the footbridge downstream but signs now dissuade drivers from using the ford. Garden includes a kids play area.

    • Wee Waif Telephone(0118) 944 0066 Old Bath Road Charvil RG10 9RJ

      The Wee Waif is a modern purpose built hotel, providing very comfortable lodge style accommodation with 42 rooms and ample parking. The Greene King Hungry Horse branded outlet has an extensive restaurant and separate bar area. Guest beers are often from the GK Collaboration range.

  • Earley
    • Earley Home Guard Social Club Telephone(0118) 926 5936 22 Pitts Lane Earley RG6 1BT

      Friendly private members club. Plenty of events and music nights held. Offers an array of traditional games.

    • George Telephone(0118) 926 1844 179 Wokingham Road Earley RG6 7EN

      A pub on the site that used to be a toll house for the toll bridge over the river Loddon. Today it is within the Winnersh Triangle Business Estate next to the cinema on the riverbank overlooked by the terraced patio. The busy main road in front contrasts with the quiet Loddon river at its side. Wheelchair accessible. Radar key disabled toilet on river side of the building.

  • Emmer Green
    • Black Horse Telephone(0118) 947 4111 16 Kidmore End Road Emmer Green RG4 8SE

      Moved to its present site before 1870, allegedly to remove temptation from the adjacent Chapel-goers at its original location in old Peppard Road. In Victorian times the pub yard doubled as the local fire station. Nowadays, this well-kept traditional two-bar local has pool and sports TV in its public bar, while the quieter lounge bar to the left has a real fire. You can sit outside the front, or in the enclosed rear patio. Quiet pub: quiet in lounge bar only (the one on the left as you go in). The pub has been run by the same licensee for many years, ensuring a timeless continuity.

    • White Horse Telephone(0118) 947 3741 9 Kidmore End Road Emmer Green RG4 8SD

      A large pub, originally from the Simonds/Courage stable, which overlooks the village green and adjacent pond with extensive, partly raised-level, heated patios around its perimeter. A wide range of food, including Sunday roasts, is served daily. Quiet, well-behaved, children are admitted until 9pm with dogs on leads allowed at all times; water barrels are provided for the latter outside. Can become particularly busy when sports are broadcast on the many TV screens within.

  • Grazeley Green
    • Old Bell Telephone(0118) 988 8348 Goring Lane Grazeley Green RG7 1LS

      Chef & Brewer traditional pub-restaurant in a contemporary style with a Premier Inn next door. Open-plan interior features dark leather stools, tall oak tables, pastel-coloured curtains and cream wood-clad and baby blue walls, which bring a sense of modernity to this centuries-old village pub. Has changed hands several times over the years, having been first owned by Reading Abbey. Alcohol is served from midday.

  • Hare Hatch
    • Horse & Groom Telephone(0118) 940 3136 Bath Road (A4) Hare Hatch RG10 9SB

      Occupying a prominent position on the A4, the building dates back some 300 hundred years and has been renovated to provide a stylish and comfortable interior, including a conservatory, while retaining the character of many of the period features. Three or four real ales from the Marstons range on handpump are complemented by extensive collections of whisky, gins (around 100) and wine. Upmarket bar snacks are available alongside the main menu serving classic British dishes complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world.. Bus 4/4A from Maidenhead or 127 (Saturdays only) from Reading - Maidenhead.

  • Hurst
    • Castle Inn Telephone(0118) 934 0034 Church Hill Hurst RG10 0SJ

      The Castle Inn, parts of which date back to the 10th century, is a freehouse owned by the church opposite. It provides both good beer and good food. Three changing beers on handpumps, with at least one Rebellion and one other local cask. Access to the garden is between the pub and the neighbouring bowling green and there's an outside bar during summer. Note: may close early if quiet, so please ring ahead.

    • Green Man Telephone(0118) 934 2599 Hinton Road Hurst RG10 0BP

      The building dates back to the turn of the 17th century, built from timbers of decommissioned ships from Portsmouth, which had originated from the great Windsor forest. Brakspears became involved in the pub for the first time in 1646 when they purchased a 1000 year lease to the building. Open fires, beamed interior and an extensive beer garden. Wide range of food. Booking recommended for weekends. Wheelchair accessible toilet (Radar key)

    • Jolly Farmer Telephone(0118) 934 1881 Davis Street Hurst RG10 0TH

      Now under the management of an experienced landlord, it is situated on the B3030, between Winnersh and Hurst. There's disabled access and a separate disabled toilet, a large outside area and car park. In summer 2022 after extensive work, the garden now has several permanent undercover seating areas. The kitchen has been greatly extended and serves Thai cuisine and an English menu.

  • Knowl Hill
    • Bird in Hand Telephone(01628) 826622 Bath Road (A4) Knowl Hill RG10 9UP

      An historic country inn, with parts dating back to the 14th Century now run by Butcombe and now completely tied. Fully refurbished in April 2017 with the varnished wood sanded back, the carpet replaced with tiled flooring and the old stained glass windows removed. The rooms were refurbished in August 2021. Bus 4/4A from Maidenhead or 127 (Saturdays only) from Reading - Maidenhead.

    • Royal Oak Telephone(01628) 822010 Round the Hill, Knowl Hill Common Knowl Hill RG10 9YE

      Traditional pub set back just off the A4, popular with locals and offering a friendly welcome. This is a free house offering two regular beers plus a guest, often from a local brewery. Sports TV is a focus but doesn't dominate. Popular with walkers and cyclists as it offers a starting point for the Berkshire Cycle Way or Knowl Hill Bridleway. Food available lunchtimes and Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Bus 127 from Reading (Saturday only) or 239 from Henley / Maidenhead or the 4/4A from Maidenhead.

  • Lower Earley
    • Seven Red Roses Telephone(0118) 935 4103 19 Maiden Place Lower Earley RG6 3HA

      A friendly community pub in the shopping precinct in Maiden Place, Lower Earley. Shows all types of sport, in HD, on three big screens. If you want it, they'll show it - from athletics to diving! Serves food noon to 9pm every day from an extensive menu with daily meal deals such as Burger and a Pint from £9.29. There are also special events on special occasions, e.g Easter.

    • Toby Carvery Telephone(0118) 975 0381 Unit 2, The Square, Chalfont Way Lower Earley RG6 5HJ

      Comfortable Toby Carvery opposite Asda. Refurbished mid-2022 with the garden area enhanced. They welcome locals for a drink as well as individuals and groups for a meal. Breakfast is served from 8am until 11am, meals from 11.30am to 9pm. Plenty of meal and drinks offers usually available. Alcohol is served from 11.00am.

  • Mortimer
    • Horse & Groom Telephone(0118) 304 5030 The Street Mortimer RG7 3RD

      Under new management since end July 2023. Located next to St John's church opposite the show ground. There is a mixed set of regulars and the pub has a family-friendly atmosphere. The grassed garden makes for a pleasant place to enjoy your beer when the sun's out. The food is freshly cooked offering more than traditional pub fayre including a varied vegetarian and vegan options. The Sunday roast is very popular and booking is advisable.

    • Turners Arms Telephone(0118) 933 2961 West End Road Mortimer RG7 3TW

      A short walk from the village centre, this former row of cottages (one of which was inhabited by a wood turner), became a pub c. 1863. Authentic Thai food, plus a full English menu, is served at the kitchen times listed except on Monday when a specific Thai curry night is advertised (lunches are somewhat cheaper than dinners). A spacious garden and open mic nights every fourth Thursday complete the facilities offered here in this comfortable, country, inn.

  • Pangbourne
    • Cross Keys Telephone(0118) 984 3268 Church Road Pangbourne RG8 7AR

      Opposite St James' church, this is a low-beamed, historic, 18th century pub backing onto the River Pang. Viewed from an attractive patio-cum-terrace, this watercourse hosts a multitude of fish and was the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame's 'Wind in the Willows' novel of 1908. The kitchen offers an extensive grill-based food menu with a steak meal deal on Mondays and roasts on Sundays.

    • Elephant Telephone(0118) 984 2244 Church Road Pangbourne RG8 7AR

      Previously called The Elephant when first opened in the 19TH century, this hotel had a 40-year spell as The Copper Inn between 1967 and 2007 when refurbishment brought about restoration of its original name. An extensive, first-class, restaurant complements the accommodation which has an Indian theme throughout. Casual drinkers are, however, just as welcome to drop into the typical hotel bar.

    • George Hotel Telephone(0118) 984 2237 The Square Pangbourne RG8 7AJ

      Modernised hotel bar (the Village Bar, at the front of the hotel) serving one real ale with the potential for one more in the summer. Big on sports TV and pub grub. Opening hours are extended during summer months, check website for details.

    • Pangbourne Working Mens Club Telephone(0118) 984 2885 Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road Pangbourne RG8 7BS

      The club has two bars, the main bar and a quieter, more traditional saloon bar. The club also has a function room which has many other uses from table tennis to OAP meetings. The club boasts a separate snooker room, with three full sized well maintained tables. Visitors are welcome, and will be signed in for £1 fee per visit, only 3 visit per year. Not GBG free-entry friendly as yet but CAMRA members welcome under same rules as visitors. Car park is pay and display and fines are enforced.

  • Reading
    • Alehouse Telephone(0118) 950 8119 2 Broad Street Reading RG1 2BH

      Popular drinking establishment which always leaves an impression on visitors with its quirky wooden fixtures and reclaimed wooden floor. As a champion of microbreweries, both local and further afield, rare and unusual ales are frequently found on the pumps. A selection of real ciders, perries and mead is also available. Often busy around the bar area, those wishing for a more peaceful drink can take advantage of the secluded snugs at the back of the pub. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2023.

    • Allied Arms Telephone(0118) 958 3323 57 St. Mary's Butts Reading RG1 2LG

      A town-centre pub dating from around 1828, with two cosy bars entered through the side passage, not the front door. An enhanced range of up to 10 ales is available each weekend. The large walled garden is a popular refuge from the chaos of the town, with patio heaters for colder nights. A wide and interesting selection of music is available on the jukebox. The pub hosts a regular charity quiz. Card payments only since COVID, is still the case.

      Note - Closed Sundays during the winter season.

    • Back of Beyond Telephone(0118) 959 5906 104-108 King's Road Reading RG1 3BY

      This Wetherspoon pub stands on the site of a ginger-beer factory, later used as a Salvation Army barracks. It has the usual JDW mixture of tables, chairs and booths, and its long rectangular lounge stretches back to look out on the Kennet & Avon Canal. Prints of old Reading adorn the walls. Recently refurbished large outdoor seating area to the rear.

    • Beefeater Reading Gateway Telephone(0118) 207 0477 Off Imperial Way Reading RG2 0TA

      New build Beefeater Restaurant that serving the Premier Inn on the edge of Reading and the M4 motorway, close to the Madjeski Stadium.

    • Butler Telephone(0118) 959 5500 85-91 Chatham Street Reading RG1 7DS

      Named after Butler's Wine Merchants, who operated from these premises many years ago, this is very much a local pub in the heart of town. Taken over by a consortium after a long period of Fuller's stewardship, there has been an ongoing process of upgrading both inside and out. Ales are from regional and local breweries, including some unusual choices for the area. At weekends, live music is a weekly feature and draws large crowds. Caribbean food served.

    • Castle Tap Telephone(0118) 958 0473 120 Castle Street Reading RG1 7RJ

      Alongside its changing selection of real ales and ciders, the Castle Tap boasts an excellent range of bottled and canned beers. While offering a warm welcome to visiting real ale aficionados and craft beer fans, it maintains a friendly local atmosphere. Frequent live music, Shanty sessions, Open Mic, community events & social clubs are all worth checking out. And for those feeling peckish, cheeseboards are available. The back room can be booked for functions.

    • Double-Barrelled Brewery Tap Telephone(0118) 942 8390 Unit 20 Stadium Way Reading RG30 6BX

      Large, modern tap room with inside and outside seating. 12 keg lines serving beer from Double-Barrelled and other craft breweries. Gin and wine are also available, and cans to take away. Street food most days; at other times you can bring in your own food. Brewery tours are available and must be booked in advance.

    • Fisherman's Cottage Telephone(0118) 956 0432 224 Kennet Side Reading RG1 3DW

      Situated by the canal this gastropub offers excellent home-made and fresh seasonal meals, Mediterranean and Asian menu selections along with traditional pub food. In winter Sunday roasts are a speciality.

    • Foresters Arms Telephone(0118) 304 3648 79-81 Brunswick Street Reading RG1 6NY

      Thoroughly refurbished and re-opened in March 2020, with the two bars knocked into one but retaining the old side corridor. The feel is 'traditional pub' and it's been very popular with local residents - the busiest for years. Usually three ales available. The rear garden has been tidied-up and is a pleasant sun-trap on summer evenings. Further refurbishment has taken place mid 2023; with the old beer lines replaced with new, other behind the scenes upgrades together with new furniture inside and out.

    • Greyfriar Telephone(0118) 958 0560 53 Greyfriars Road Reading RG1 1PA

      Corner pub with five handpumps including a cider and eight keg lines, offering a good choice of beers from local, independent breweries. Ding and La Chouffe are regulars on keg. Bottled and canned beers are sourced country-wide and from foreign brewers. Tap takeovers are held and every other Monday is quiz night. Food consists of hot dogs and cheeseboards plus regular bar snacks. Convenient for the railway station and for an after-work pint. Dog-friendly, with resident Reggie offering a warm welcome.

    • Hop Leaf Telephone(0118) 931 4700 163-165 Southampton Street Reading RG1 2QZ

      A traditional wet-led pub with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Most of the Hop Back core range is usually available, as well as a couple of ciders. A good selection of pub games such as bar billiards, darts, crib and backgammon are available alongside a growing and eclectic mix of board games.

    • Hope & Bear Telephone(0118) 935 4095 151-153 London Road Reading RG1 5DE

      Mid-market gastropub which has been known by a variety of names in the past. Usually three or more ales on offer, with a range of keg beers and bottled foreign beers. Westons and Sanford's cider is usually available on hand pump. Boards games available. Beer gardens on either side of the pub offer plenty of spots to enjoy fine weather.

    • Hope Tap Telephone(0118) 958 2266 99-105 Friar Street Reading RG1 1EP

      The site of this pub was once occupied by the Hope Brewery which had its own pub - The Hope Tap. It is now a town centre Wetherspoons, decorated in their traditional style with the usual trappings. Its proximity to an adjacent live music venue means that it can be especially crowded on occasion in the evening. Note: Alcohol available from 9am.

    • Lyndhurst Telephone(0118) 950 3888 88 Queens Road Reading RG1 4DG

      New operators as of May 2024. Opening hours not certain.

      Full survey to follow.

    • Moderation Telephone(0118) 959 5577 213 Caversham Road Reading RG1 8BB

      A smart pub popular with local residents and office workers. Decor in the airy interior is a fusion of east meets west, with comfy chairs and unique bespoke wooden tables. Large decked garden and smoking area to the rear, plus roadside tables at the front. Food is a mixture of English and south east Asian cuisines. Lunch offer Monday to Friday - two courses for £12 from a set menu. Pub quiz on Sunday nights starting at 8.30pm.

    • Monks Retreat Telephone(0118) 907 6371 163 Friar Street Reading RG1 1HE

      Formerly a Wetherspoons, this pub has had a sympathetic refurbishment with a strong emphasis on televised sport and artwork related to the history of Reading. Plenty of real cider available. Located opposite the old red-brick town hall,the name of the pub, and the street it is in, recall the Franciscan monks who came to Reading in the 13th century and inhabited the Abbey nearby. Disabled toilet on entrance level.

    • Nags Head Telephone07765 880137 5 Russell Street Reading RG1 7XD

      With the wide range of real ales (12), cider and perry (13) always on offer, visitors can be sure to find something to their tastes here. There is also a craft beer wall ((14 taps), with vessel and dispense type clearly indicated on the adjacent blackboard. A selection of board games are available for those wanting to while away a few sociable hours. The pub gets very busy on Reading FC match days. Dedication to quality has seen them regularly make an impact in the CAMRA national Pub of the Year competition. Basic hot food (toasties, sausage rolls, BBQ pork or beef rolls) available.

    • Narrowboat Telephone(0118) 951 5790 Gas Works Road Reading RG1 3EQ


      The Narrowboat will be closing permanently at the end of March 2024, as Fullers will be converting it to a training facility.

      Bar and restaurant housed in a tastefully converted former industrial building on the waterfront of the River Kennet and owned by Fuller's. Both the inside bar and outside terrace provide an attractive venue for a pint and there is now a mobile bar outside for the summer months. The separate restaurant offers upmarket dining - drinks can be taken in from the bar. Check out the little free museum a bit further up from the boat which features a fully-restored old gypsy caravan from the turn of the 20th century.

    • Outlook Telephone(0118) 958 6549 76-78A Kings Road Reading RG1 3BJ

      Larger-than-it-looks upmarket Greene King outlet and a popular lunchtime destination for local office workers. A 10% discount is applied to all for real ales on Sundays and CAMRA members all week. Nice window seats at the rear 'turret' overlooking the Kennet. Pool table in the top bar. Karaoke on Sundays and Motown special on 3rd Friday of the month. Up to 3 Lilley's ciders on handpump. Live events every Thursday evening.

    • Palmer Tavern Telephone(0118) 935 1009 128 Wokingham Road Reading RG6 1JL

      Formerly known as the College Arms and recently under new stewardship. Sky Sports and TNT Sports in HD. It also serves freshly cooked pizzas and has pool and darts.

    • Park House (University of Reading) Park House, Whiteknights Campus Reading RG6 6UR

      The University's old Senior Common Room is now open to the general public. Five ales are usually available (mostly LocAle) and an array of styles feature. It is a popular venue for the mature University community and can get very busy between 5-7 in the evening. Non-accredited vehicles are allowed on campus after 5pm (Mon-Fri) and all day Sat-Sun - however a regular bus service drops off inside the campus. Open from noon everyday. The bar is cashless.

      +++Please note! Opening times can vary through the year, consult their website (link shown) before making a special journey. Note that they will often mirror the University's closure days around the main holidays. Bank Holidays generally closed.+++

    • Pond House Telephone(0118) 958 3664 738 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1EH

      Large roadside pub, refurbished in October 2016 and much improved for it. Most of the big games are available. The garden now has a retractable cover, so ideal for all weathers.

    • Queens Head Telephone(0118) 931 0232 54 Christchurch Road Reading RG2 7AZ

      A delightful old building close to the University's Whiteknights campus, 50 yards from the Shinfield Road entrance. Has good a la carte pub food, with an emphasis on high quality but good value. Sells three real ales, often with a local slant. Guests at Sure Hotel by Best Western can obtain a 10% discount on food. Two pint jugs of ale at a reduced price

    • Retreat Telephone(0118) 957 2130 8 St John's Street Reading RG1 4EH

      A well-loved back street boozer, refurbished 2020/21. A good range of real ales are squeezed onto the small bar. The pub tends to concentrate on well-known regional brands, however there is a good range of more eclectic choices available in bottled form, including continental beers, as well as a number of ciders. Locally renowned for regular live music and hosting local events such as the fiercely-fought pickled onion competition.

    • Roebuck Telephone(0118) 966 7153 37 Auckland Road Reading RG6 1NY

      A true backstreet ‘local’; find the Roebuck's impressive façade a short walk from the Wokingham Road. The comfortable bar stretches right across the frontage while to the rear is a separate sporting area with pool, darts and gaming machines. There is also a pleasant patio area at the side. Parking at rear. Fields a darts and poll team. Standard pub grub is served 6 to 9pm Wednesday to Sunday.

    • Rose & Thistle Telephone(0118) 957 3851 43 Argyle Road Reading RG1 7YL

      The Rose and Thistle is a large local traditional pub that caters for all serving favourite pub classics. Live sporting events (mostly football) are shown regularly on the many televisions around the bar area but should you wish to avoid them there is ample seating outside at the front and in a large beer garden to the rear.

      (The Rose & Thistle is a Greene King Pub Partners franchise concept, Hive Pubs, a branded community pub model. Greene King Pub Partners sets up the pub and takes liability for the property and pays all running costs including stock and supplies, marketing, training and ongoing support).

    • Royal Albion Telephone(0118) 375 9471 642 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1EH

      Refurbished in the last couple of years and looking smarter from it. Separate pool and darts room and outside drinking area at side.

    • Salisbury Club Telephone(0118) 926 5804 316 Kings Road Reading RG1 4HX

      The club was established in 1897 when a group of businessmen got together and decided that they would like to form a club. They met regularly at a local ale house and formed a basic set of rules together with an objective of what they wanted to achieve. The club is run by a Management Committee, the members of which are elected by the club membership. Affilated to The Association of Conservative Clubs. Please note - this club has a dress code.

    • Siren Craft Brew - Reading 1 Friar's Walk Reading RG1 1EP
    • Southcote Telephone(0118) 957 2685 Southcote Lane Reading RG30 3AB

      Former coaching inn located two miles outside Reading town centre, just off the A4 (Bath Road). Run by Beefeater, it was refurbished in 2017. Has a separate bar area from the main restaurant, which also has upstairs seating.

    • Sportsman Telephone(0118) 975 2089 201 Shinfield Road Reading RG2 7DS

      Large comfortable pub on the corner of Shinfield Road and Elm Road. Good value food is served all day, with meal-deals Mon-Sat. Sporting events are at the fore here.

    • Spread Eagle Telephone(0118) 957 4507 117 Norfolk Road Reading RG30 2EG

      Now an Indian restaurant with a pub area, specialising in Indo-Chinese infusion. Formerly a Greene King back street pub that used to service the former Reading FC home of Elm Park. The pub area is most definitely a community pub. Regular entertainment (once per month) and quiz nights.

    • Sweeney & Todd Telephone(0118) 958 6466 10 Castle Street Reading RG1 7RD

      A Reading institution, celebrated its 40th birthday in May 2018, and a bit of a time-warp. The front is a pie shop. Go up a few stairs to find the bar and cosy cubicles/alcoves, then further through to the restaurant. There's another dining area in the cellar. Famous for its award winning pies with over 20 varieties to choose from. You can also buy them from the shop to take away along with pasties, sausage rolls, cold meats and Scotch eggs (shop opens at 9.00 Mon-Sat). Alcohol service begins at midday.

    • Thirsty Bear Telephone(0118) 950 4439 110 King's Road Reading RG1 3BY

      This New York style pizzeri and bar is a short walk from the town centre. Their speciality is their New York pizzas. A range of wines, spirits and draught and craft beers are available.

    • Three Guineas Telephone(0118) 957 2743 Station Approach Reading RG1 1LY

      The Three Guineas is a Grade II listed pub located in the old ticket hall of Reading railway station. Thoroughly refurbished by Fuller's a few years ago to high standard featuring ornate tiling, old railway memorabilia and a selection of classic clocks. There's a large outdoor seating area in front but unfortunately you can't access the platforms directly, so make sure you leave enough time for your train! If there's a special or limited range Fuller's cask, you're guaranteed to find it here.

    • Three Tuns Telephone(0118) 966 9989 191 Wokingham Road Reading RG6 1LT

      A large pub at the end of the 17 bus route with the original two bars combined into one. Food is traditional pub fare with roasts on Sundays. Major sporting events regularly shown on Sky Sports and BT Sports. Quiz nights every Thursday evening. 10% discount on foor for students, NHS staff and CAMRA members.

    • Toby Carvery Telephone(0118) 950 5044 Richfield Avenue Reading RG1 8EQ

      Large, purpose built Toby Carvery offering separate large bar and restaurant areas. Three real ales from national brands are available. Disabled access to bar, restaurant and toilet, with parking spaces immediately adjacent to the entrance and level access. You can have a drink in the bar with no need to have food but, if you want to eat, good-sized carvery meals are available in the restaurant. Serves walk-in trade and also acts as the restaurant for the adjacent Premier Inn but run separately.

    • Turks Head Telephone(0118) 334 6913 31 London Road Reading RG1 5BJ

      Built in 1567 as a coaching inn, The Turks was one of the first licensed premises in England. Today it's still a traditional English pub, with good food, real ale and a friendly atmosphere, now nestling alongside the London Road bus lane and is much larger inside than you might expect.

    • Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen Telephone(0118) 958 1457 12-14 Friar Street Reading RG1 1DB

      Part of a small southern-based chain. A long bar opens out into a choice of seating areas with high or low tables. Food based around burgers, pizzas and similar. TV screens dominate and show Sky Sports and BT Sports. Level access to bar, seating and disabled toilet (other toilets upstairs). Taxis wait directly outside.

    • Zerodegrees Telephone(0118) 959 7959 9 Bridge Street Reading RG1 2LR

      Brewed on site, Zerodegrees makes an eclectic range of both core and speciality beers. All of their core beers are made on site, with the brewhouse and other kit easily visible behind the bar and within the restaurant. Once a month the brewer will have on one or more of their own speciality beers, along with a couple from the other three Zerodegrees locations (London, Bristol & Cardiff). All brewed-on-site beers are served unfiltered, unpasteurised and cold from serving tanks. Meanwhile the specialities from the other sites are served from keg. The beers are well paired with their award winning pizzas and fresh kilo pot of mussels which are served all day and evening. 'Stein time' - 2 for 1 steins - 5-7pm Thurs & Friday. Mon-Fri 12-4pm all mains £8.95.

      Regular beers - Czech Pilsner; American Downtown APA; Our Mango

  • Riseley
    • Bull Telephone(0118) 343 0565 Basingstoke Road Riseley RG7 1QL

      This is now the only pub in village following the closure of the Dog & Partridge. Child and dog-friendly. Open fires for cold evenings and hot food too! Decent tidy garden to the side of the pub. Quiz night held third Thursday of the month; check on website for details.

  • Ruscombe
    • Royal Oak Telephone(0118) 934 5190 Ruscombe Lane Ruscombe RG10 9JN

      This is an eclectic pub restaurant with a great atmosphere serving freshly prepared food. The pub's open-plan area is divided between cosy seating areas and the dining space. Through the restaurant is a bright conservatory overlooking a beautifully-kept garden, excellent for summer family visiting. The interior is comfortably furnished and decorated with quirky objects and antiques; many are available for sale. Also known as Buratta's, the pub is noted for its food, but welcomes drinkers with a fine range of wines and up to three real ales, the majority locally sourced.

  • Sheffield Bottom
    • Fox & Hounds Telephone(0118) 930 2295 Station Road Sheffield Bottom RG7 4BE

      Well-worth the walk from the village, station or canal! Formerly known as The Drum and Monkey when it was used by local farmers, it is now an efficiently run and comfortable pub catering for a wide rage of customers. There's an emphasis on food although you are very welcome to come in just for a beer. Garden and patio areas to the front and side make for a comfortable summer's pint.

  • Shinfield
    • Bell & Bottle Telephone(0118) 988 3563 37 School Green Shinfield RG2 9EE

      A spacious yet cosy free house facing the village green, with a real community feel. There is a garden for fine weather - and a real fire if it's cold. Darts & pool, lots of fruit machines. Fully accessible, including disabled toilet. Children and dogs welcome.

    • Shinfield Arms Telephone(0118) 988 3116 Shinfield Road (M4 overpass) Shinfield RG2 9BP

      A landmark in southern Reading for over 500 years. The pub boasts an important piece of British history; it was built around an ancient wisteria tree which is located to the rear of the pub and the tree is believed to be the oldest wisteria in the country. The pub has an excellent outside seating space for drinking and al fresco dining.

    • Six Bells Telephone(0118) 988 3526 Church Lane Shinfield RG2 9DA

      Was a Greene King Hungry Horse. Re-opened 20th December 2018 after renovation with 100 covers and now offering fresh North Indian cuisine and fresh English food. Planning approval obtained to extend the dining area at the rear of the pub, work to start January 2023.

  • Shurlock Row
    • Shurlock Inn Telephone(0118) 934 9094 The Street Shurlock Row RG10 0PS

      A gastro pub, once rescued from and run by the community, is now commercially owned by Rarebreed Dining. There is an extensive restaurant area, inside and out, offering home made cuisine using local producers wherever possible. English sparling wines and English gins are offered. It offers an area for those who drop in just for a drink and a large garden providing a relaxing place for a pint. Wheelchair friendly.

  • Sonning
    • Berkshire County Sports Club Telephone(0118) 969 1340 Sonning Lane Sonning RG4 6ST

      Club. Not GBG free-entry friendly as yet. From their website "The Berkshire County Sports Club is a family-friendly club based in Sonning. We have a large Club House with a bar and lounge area, two separate function rooms, changing rooms and toilets, and full disabled access."

      It would appear that this would be acceptable to admit CAMRA members subject to being signed in, though we have to fully confirm this.

    • Bull Telephone(0118) 969 3901 High Street Sonning RG4 6UP

      Full of character, this delightful 16th-century pub is leased to Fuller's by the adjacent church. Most of the interior is set for dining, but there is a separate Village Bar drinking area, also used as a function room. The regular beers and changing guests are mainly from the Fuller's range. An excellent selection of quality food, from snacks to fine dining, is available seven days a week. A good stop-off for those taking a walk alongside the Thames.

    • Great House Hotel (Coppa Club) Telephone(0118) 921 9890 Thames Street Sonning RG4 6UT

      Hotel bar with an all day licence that had a major refurb to install a huge modern bar/restaurant, and now has a glass roofed conservatory which can open onto the garden in fine weather. The garden has a huge grassed beer garden by the Thames, making this a summer's treat. The Coppa Club can get busy in good weather and the car park can be full, even in the winter. In the garden there are 4 Igloos - must book.

    • Rams Rugby Football Club Telephone(0118) 969 5259 Old Bath Road Sonning RG4 6TQ

      Members-only rugby club.

    • Reading Rugby Club Telephone(0118) 969 6592 Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading Sonning RG4 6ST

      Members-only club, though we understand CAMRA members can be admitted as per their rules. Not Good Beer Guide free-entry friendly as yet.

    • Sonning Club Telephone(0118) 969 3939 Pearson Road Sonning RG4 6UL

      Formerly called the Sonning Working Men's Club, entry to the Club is still restricted to members unless signed in by a member and paying a nominal fee. The club has a deal with Greene King and its 2 beer pumps sell GK IPA & Abbot. Quiz nights are 1st & 3rd Fridays. The adjoining hall can be booked for events. Parking is limited on-street outside.

    • Sonning Golf Club Telephone(0118) 969 3332 Duffield Road, Sonning Sonning RG4 6GJ

      A modernish building which belies the 100 years' plus golfing history claimed by the 1914 freize above the entrance, with two plush bars, one reserved as the members-only 19th hole but another for public use. The latter gives access to The Terrace Restaurant where breakfasts and lunches are served and roasts on Sundays are a speciality. As hours of opening may be varied to suit the winter season, function commitments and other bookings, please check first at this time or outside core hours.

  • Spencers Wood
    • Farriers Arms Telephone(0118) 988 3132 Old Basingstoke Road Spencers Wood RG7 1AE

      A Marstons-owned outlet, the Farriers Arms is a traditional village pub, located just south of the M4's junction 11 in the village of Spencers Wood. Ample parking to the rear of the pub. Monday to Thursday there are themed dishes e.g. curry and a pint, burger and a pint, steak and a pint.

  • Streatley
    • Bull Telephone(01491) 872392 Reading Road Streatley RG8 9JJ

      Sympathetically refurbished by Marston's in 2018, it now offers a limited range of their list ales. A spacious garden, wherein the accomodation can be accessed, features a tree beneath which a monk and a debauched nun, executed for her 'folly', are buried! The interior is cosy and welcoming to patrons who are not dining with some tables left uncluttered with condiments or cutlery for drinkers.

    • Swan (Coppa Club) Telephone(01491) 878800 B4009 Streatley RG8 9HR

      A large complex on the river now - as 'Coppa Club' - managed separately from the adjacent 'Swan' hotel, it was once owned by post-war entertainer, Danny La Rue. It reopened in mid-2019 after a few years' closure, caused by a need to extensively pile and completely rebuild the Thames-side frontage and terrace to the building. With the bar in approx. the same position as before, it has a much more open aspect, extending further alongside the riverside frontage, than before. The result has created greatly improved interior spaces, including a sunken alcove amidships, and a longer terrace for drinking and eating (al fresco when the latter is sun-drenched), to enjoy the constantly varying riverside vista in a classic Berkshire village.

      They serve alcohol from opening time whether that be 7.30am or 8am; this is principally to facilitate the serving of Prosecco with breakfast though any other drink is available if requested.

  • Sulhamstead
    • Spring Inn Telephone(0118) 930 3440 Bath Road (A4) Sulhamstead RG7 5HP

      The Spring Inn is at the heart of the Sulhamstead community and overlooks the Sulhamstead and Ufton Cricket Club. Modern gastropub with a rustic interior and formal dining upstairs. Drinkers are welcome in the main bar with Renegade Brewery beer available. Ample parking but also easily accessible by bus or a 40 minute stroll from Theale train station.

  • Swallowfield
    • Crown Telephone(0118) 988 3260 The Street Swallowfield RG7 1QY

      An early 18th century building run as a genuine independent business (under new management June 2016). The pub has a rural village location and sits off the beaten track providing a warm welcome to passing trade and locals alike. The large L-shaped main bar is supplemented by two smaller rooms, and maps of old Swallowfield adorn the walls. Community focused, and child/dog/walker-friendly. Wheelchair accessible with assistance, but no accessible toilet.

    • George & Dragon Telephone(0118) 988 4432 Church Road Swallowfield RG7 1TJ

      A relaxed country gastropub serving real ales, excellent wines and good food, purchased by the owner of Siren Craft Brewery a couple of years ago. Tables are mainly set for dining but up to three cask ales are available. Located outside Swallowfield centre itself, the pub dates back to the 17th century and is a Grade II listed building. See website for 4 mile countryside walk incorporating a stop at the pub.

  • Theale
    • Bull Telephone(0118) 930 3478 41 High Street Theale RG7 5AH

      Originally the brewery tap of Blatch of Theale; many of the brewery buildings have been preserved and can be viewed through the car park or the ivy-clad entry further up the road. The pub was refurbished a couple of years ago and is now a comfortable family-friendly outlet. A number of screens show sporting events. There is a function room that can be booked for parties etc

    • Crown Inn Telephone(0118) 930 2333 2 Church Street Theale RG7 5BT

      The Crown, in the centre of the village, dates from the coaching era when Church Street was part of the main London to Bath road. A single bar is effectively divided into three parts, each with its own character, but with an open feel to it. The rear garden is very pleasant on a sunny day.

    • Falcon Telephone(0118) 930 2523 31 High Street Theale RG7 5AH

      Grade II listed traditional two room local, which is a former coaching inn. Choose from the Saloon Bar on the left, when going through front entrance, or the Public Bar with games and sports TV is on the right. To the rear through the archway is a garden area and car park. Live music nights are also offered.

    • Volunteer Telephone(0118) 930 2917 Church Street Theale RG7 5BX

      The Volunteer is a Fuller's tied house and is a friendly traditional village pub with a large open fire and a warm welcome. It has a large and pretty garden and serves locally sourced, home-cooked food. Coach parties catered for with prior arrangement. The pub is dog-friendly.

  • Three Mile Cross
    • Swan Telephone(0118) 304 8923 Basingstoke Road Three Mile Cross RG7 1AT

      Re-opened Feb 2024 after 3 or more years of closure. The Swan Inn is a traditional 17th Century pub which started life as three timber-framed artisans cottages. Some 50 years later two of the dwellings became used as an alehouse known as The Globe Inn. Nearish to Reading football stadium, the Swan is a popular meeting place of the local business community and sports fans. The pub has been tastefully refurbished and works are ongoing to transform the garden into a welcoming area with its own bar.

  • Tidmarsh
    • Greyhound Telephone(0118) 984 3557 The Street Tidmarsh RG8 8ER

      Being of thatched roof construction, this Grade II-listed public house has had more than its fair share of catastrophic fires in living memory. However, its rethatching in 2023 was the first scheduled since 2005 and introduced a distinctive straw greyhound to the roofline. Dating back to the 12th century, the building became a wayside inn in 1625 when owned by Reading Abbey. With the interior refurbished in 2017, it offers well-kept ales alongside good food in an adjoining restaurant. Beware the 5' 8" headroom, though!

  • Tilehurst
    • Butchers Arms Telephone(0118) 942 7983 9 Lower Armour Road Tilehurst RG31 6HH

      A former Wethered's (Marlow) pub that has miraculously retained its two-bar layout, it was once one of a pair of back-street pubs which stood facing each other; the former Bird in Hand ph can still be easily identified opposite. At this welcoming locals' and entirely wet-led pub, enjoy the sizeable garden in good weather together with TV football or a quiz held on the 1st Thursday of every month.

    • Fox & Hounds Telephone(0118) 942 2982 116 City Road Tilehurst RG31 5SB

      Right on the edge of Tilehurst, this low-beamed village pub is popular with locals from surrounding suburbia and visitors walking open fields to Sulham Woods via the dovecote tower at Nunhide Manor. With darts and pool facilities, a garden gazebo, a conservatory and a recently-uncovered fireplace now containing a wood-burning stove, all weathers are catered for. Bus 33 or a short walk from routes 15 & 17.

    • Plough Telephone(0118) 942 7250 78 School Road Tilehurst RG31 5AW

      Locals pub situated on the Tilehurst Triangle. Darts and pool. No meals served but home-made rolls at a very reasonable price. Live music and jukebox when not!

      Note - post-COVID, the pub may close early if quiet.

    • Prince Telephone(0118) 327 6466 111 School Road Tilehurst RG31 5BG

      A large and well-positioned pub that has suffered from poor stewardship in the past which lost the 'of Wales' affectation to it's name after a 2016 revamp. Now billed as a 'Craft Union Free House', the pub sign seems to depict Prince Albert now! It was refurbished again in 2023 at a cost of £400k and both closed and reopened in the winter of that year. There's a comfortable ambience to be enjoyed, both inside and in the gardens where new furniture (tables, benches etc.) has been installed throughout.

    • Royal British Legion Tilehurst Telephone(0118) 942 9606 Downing Road Tilehurst RG31 5BB

      Now approaching its 90th anniversary, this club continues at the heart of Tilehurst ex-service personnels' and their families' lives. With lunctime specials and recently-introduced evening food on selected days, both the Assembly Hall and Lounge Bar are available for hire. Membership of snooker and angling societies, amongst others, is encouraged and non-members are admitted either if accompanied by a member or if they ask nicely for a 'trial session' or pay a £2 entry charge.

    • Royal Oak Telephone(0118) 327 3712 69 Westwood Glen Tilehurst RG31 5NW

      This once remote, hill-top, drovers' pub remains an eclectic bitsa pub comprising a jumble of rooms and buildings amidst encroaching housing. The upper lounge has a homely feel with the lower level more of a public bar with games facilities including pool in an outhouse. Now entirely wet-led, enjoy the prize-winning garden in all weathers. Bus 33 or a short walk from route 16.

    • Tylers Rest Telephone(0118) 941 5939 149 Norcot Road Tilehurst RG30 6BS

      A modern M&B pub, originally Charringtons, but now part of the Sizzling Pubs chain with a quirky design featuring a stubby, circular, faux 'pottery kiln' tower forming a 'hinge' around which the rest of the building has been constructed. Adjacent to old clay pits, an aerial cableway almost directly overhead once transported raw material across Norcot Road for the firing of bricks at nearby Grovelands. An emphasis on value-for-money food and drink is now complemented by the reinstatement of real ale after a 3-year hiatus following the 2020 pandemic.

    • Victoria Telephone(0118) 941 5064 1 Norcot Road Tilehurst RG30 6BP

      Formerly, a Blatch's of Theale pub called The White House, this pub was extensively refurbished in 2014 with the addition of not only a conservatory but also the introduction of food - excellent Sunday roasts (booking advisable) feature - and real ale. With abundant scenes of historic Reading within, this hostelry was the winner of Reading Chronicle's Pub of the Year Award in 2022. Buses stop right outside or just around the corner of the adjacent road junction.

    • Water Tower Telephone(0118) 907 6704 160 Park Lane Tilehurst RG31 4DU

      Formerly known as the Bear Inn, built in the 1932. Closed for a number of years during the mid-2000's it re-opened following a major refurbishment in February 2012 as a Flaming Grill pub. It is a traditional family pub serving great food. Meal deals Monday to Friday. The 17 bus terminates here.

  • Twyford
    • Duke of Wellington Telephone(0118) 934 0456 27 High Street Twyford RG10 9AG

      The oldest pub in Twyford, dating from the 1650s, with two bars providing plenty of choice as to where you imbibe. The interior features exposed beams, and there is a pleasant garden. Family and dog friendly. Sports TV in both bars, with separate feeds, up to three events can be shown simultaneously. Guest ales from Marstons list.

    • Golden Cross Telephone07889 226309 38 Waltham Road Twyford RG10 9EG

      This 19th century pub is is very close to Twyford Station and is beer led. As a London Irish Rugby affiliated pub and supporter of Twyford & Ruscombe Cricket Club, it has strong sports sympathies. There are two smallish car parks and a delightful secluded garden. Pub is wheelchair accessible, but not the toilet. Opens 12-11 Bank holidays.

    • Waggon & Horses Telephone(0118) 934 0376 61 High Street Twyford RG10 9AJ

      Located to west of the village, the Waggon combines a good mix of country pub ambience (flagstone floor, low wooden beamed ceiling, big garden with an aviary and Wendy house) and a modern outlook. Hearty cooked food is served lunchtimes and evenings. Quiz night Wednesdays. Hearty cooked food is served lunchtimes and evenings. Grade 2 listed building with small starined glass window behind the bar. Bus 126, 128, 129 & 850. Wheelchair access to toilets via car park & garden.

  • Waltham St Lawrence
    • Bell Telephone(0118) 934 1788 The Street Waltham St Lawrence RG10 0JJ

      A classic half-timbered 14th Century pub, bequeathed to the village in 1608 by Sir Ralph Newbury. It doubles as the village local and a quality restaurant, producing exceptionally good food from fresh, seasonal ingredients and promoting real ales from small independent breweries. It offers-up to eight ciders and perries served from their cellar. Fresh bread is baked daily. You'll also find log fires in the winter and a good-sized beer garden for sunny summer days. There's a folk music session on the first Thursday evenings of the month. Easy wheelchair access is limited to the usually crowded main bar. Regular winners or runner-up in the local branch Pub of the Year & Cider Pub of the Year and made the last 16 for the 2022 national Pub of the Year competition.

  • Wargrave
    • Bull Hotel Telephone(0118) 940 3120 76/78 High Street Wargrave RG10 8DE

      A 15th century coaching house on the central cross-roads of Wargrave. Inside are real oak beams, old brick and flint walls, decorated with horse brasses. A large working inglenook fireplace provides a huge crackling log fire during the winter. The majority of visitors come to eat, but there is plenty of space for drinkers. There are two dining rooms, one overlooking the garden plus a safe secluded garden for drinking and eating. Wheelchair accessible, no accessible toilet. There is a pay & display car park nearby

    • Hennerton Golf Club Telephone(0118) 940 1000 Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave Wargrave RG10 8LT

      Members-only golf club to use the course. Non-members permitted to use the bar for drinks and food. The clubhouse dining room and terrace has stunning views of the course and countryside with panoramic views of the Berkshire Downs and beyond.

    • Saint George & Dragon Telephone(0118) 940 4474 High Street Wargrave RG10 8HY

      On the road from Wargrave to Henley, this is one of only a few pubs in England to have the full 'Saint' in its name. The main focus is food with a good choice from their lunch, dinner, Sunday and children's menus. Its large riverside terrace offers a fine view overlooking the Thames, where the pubs has moorings for customers. Dogs are welcome in the bar area.

    • Wargrave & District Snooker Club Woodclyffe Hostel, Church Street Wargrave RG10 8EP

      The club opens weekday evenings only and shares the building with the local library. Usually one changing beer on handpump but may revert to Rebellion minikeg (not real ale) in hot summer periods. The TV's default is off, though the Six Nations Rugby and World Cup are exceptions. Visitors may show this Guide or CAMRA membership card for entry (£3 fee to use the snooker tables). Winner of CAMRA branch Club of the Year for several years. The bar is card-only; no cash payments. There is a small public car park 50m from the club.

  • Whistley Green
    • Elephant & Castle Telephone(0118) 934 0886 Lodge Road Whistley Green RG10 0EH

      You'll get a friendly welcome at this two-bar community pub sandwiched between the A321 and B3030 - with separate parking areas from each roads. Wheelchair access from the B3030 side is possible, but no disabled toilet. There are plenty of pub games and a tempting menu of hot and cold, home-cooked food and a roaring open fire in Winter. Note the daily specials board. The attractive beer garden now has a large children's play area. Dog friendly. Quiz Thursdays.

  • Woodley
    • Bull & Chequers Telephone(0118) 969 9756 Church Road Woodley RG5 4QP

      Originally a farmhouse when Woodley was in the countryside. The interior stills shows signs of separate lounge and public bar areas which contrast with the conservatory extension. Two Sports TV channels shown. Has team in darts league and two in the Pool league. Live music occasional Saturdays. Large garden and a paved patio at the front. Lilley's ciders avaiable "bag in box". Opens at 12 New Year to Easter. Gives 10% discount to CAMRA members

    • Chequers Telephone(0118) 969 3477 198-200 Crockhamwell Road Woodley RG5 3JH

      A locals pub at one end of the Woodley shopping centre. This ex-Tanners pub was converted from a one to a two-bar pub mid 2000's then back to one bar in its 2016 refurbishment. Live music, usually last Saturdays. There's a wide range of sports TV, especially horse racing, football and boxing.

    • Good Companions Telephone(0118) 969 3325 149 Loddon Bridge Road Woodley RG5 4AG

      Community pub built in the 1950's and extensively refurbished in summer 2023. Child-friendly with an accent on TV sports and reasonably priced food available all day - including a breakfast menu. Outdoor grassed area with bench tables, plus new permanent undercover seating with large screen TV. Gives CAMRA members 10% discount and all day Wednesday, all real ale is £3.50 a pint.

    • Shepherds House Telephone(0118) 926 3113 London Road (Shepherds Hill Top) Woodley RG6 1BD

      Imposing pub on the A4 east from Reading, featuring a games room and a large garden with a children's play area. Games room and garden can be booked for private events. The pub no longer serves food but holds occasional BBQs in the summer.

    • Waterside Telephone(0118) 342 0171 Fairwater Drive Woodley RG5 3EZ

      After a large-scale refurb in autumn 2016, The Thatchers became the The Waterside, but still retainned its thacthed roof. South Lake is just about viewable through the trees from the large garden and car park. Food is available all day Monday to Saturday with a carvery Sunday noon to 4pm - tables are bookable online. Quiz nights Tuesdays. Access - steps at the front, but a level access fire door available at the rear. Bell push to summon staff to open. Has disabled access toilet.