Reading Branch real ale pubs
- Arborfield & District Royal British Legion Club
ku.oc.liamtoh@bulclbrdleifrobra(0118) 976 0360
Two full size snooker tables. Large beer garden and children's play area. Non-members and children welcome, £0.30p more per drink for non-member. One bar is member only. Regular visitors will be asked to join club. Need to ring door bell an door will be opened for you.
ku.oc.dleifrobrannillubeht@ofni(0118) 976 2244
An emphasis on restaurant food here, with a bar area serving up to three 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 always find a table in garden free for a beer only.
- Arborfield & District Royal British Legion Club ku.oc.liamtoh@bulclbrdleifrobra(0118) 976 0360 Eversley Road Arborfield RG2 9PR
- Flower Pot
The Flower Pot is a charming rural country inn set in the heart of the village of Aston. It has an enviable position close to the River Thames and with beautiful views of the countryside. The large popular garden is a true picture in the summer and provides a warm and welcoming place to enjoy some food and excellently kept beer. Licensees Tony and Pat are Brakspear's longest serving tenants in a single pub (over 28 years). In the public bar and restaurant you will find an eclectic collection of taxidermy.
- Flower Pot moc.liamg@8rehctahtaicirtap(01491) 574721 Ferry Lane Aston RG9 3DG
- Beech Hill
- Elm Tree
moc.liamtoh@llihhceebeertmle(0118) 988 3505
Beech Hill Road
Part pub, part restaurant, the Elm Tree is popular with both locals and diners from further afield. The cosy interior of this popular gastropub features some lovely murals and a small collection of bells as well as a real fire. Elaborate decking outside with palm trees, mood lighting and spectacular countryside views. Food is of restaurant style but drinkers are equally welcome at the bars. May close early on Sunday if quiet.
- Elm Tree moc.liamtoh@llihhceebeertmle(0118) 988 3505 Beech Hill Road Beech Hill RG7 2AZ
- Burghfield Community Sports Association (BCSA)
ku.oc.ASCdleifhgrub@bulceht(0118) 983 3423
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
ku.oc.nnietaghctaheht@ofni(0118) 983 2059
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
(0118) 983 2913
This is a popular village pub with a very friendly atmosphere. The outside smoking area is lit and heated. There are three real ales on a regular basis. There are no guests but the regulars are changed occasionally. Good food is served at lunchtimes Tuesday to Friday. The pub enjoys a regular bus service to Reading and Mortimer.
- Burghfield Community Sports Association (BCSA) ku.oc.ASCdleifhgrub@bulceht(0118) 983 3423 James Lane Burghfield RG30 3RS
- Burghfield Bridge
- Cunning Man
(0118) 959 8067
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 in its original style - complete with thatched roof. From the attractive gardens there is an exit directly onto the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath where one can stroll and see the narrow boats passing by. Food served until one hour before closing. Buses 2 and 2A stop right outside the pub.
- Cunning Man (0118) 959 8067 Burghfield Road Burghfield Bridge RG30 3RB
- Baron Cadogan
moc.em@tterbnerrad(0118) 947 3280
22-24 Prospect Street
Large, open-plan independent pub serving beers from the Marstons range and from the local Loddon Brewery. Formerly a Wetherspoons and retains a similar ambience under its current operator. Daily food deals such as a curry club are on offer, with an extensive menu of pub food available. Breakfast served every day until midday. TV screens show sport and news on mute. Attractions include a popular Tuesday evening quiz, pool table and book swap.
- Caversham Rose
ku.oc.gnidaeresormahsrevaceht@yriuqne(0118) 947 4643
A large food-oriented pub in the north Reading residential suburb of Caversham Heights which re-opened in April 2017 after an extensive refurbishment. Originally called the Grosvenor, the newly named Caversham Rose is a Mitchell & Butler "Premium Country Inn" with a modern stylish interior inside the original 1930s building. Inside, it is mainly laid out for dining, but still has a bar area just for socialising with drinks, which include three real ales. It now has a newly extended outside terrace and patio area at the rear.
- Caversham Working Mens Club
moc.tcennoctb@bulcmwmahsrevac(0118) 954 5434
36 Church Street
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
moc.duolci@eiznekcamanoes(0118) 947 1775
The Clifton Arms offers both Sky Sports on a 50" plasma screen, as well as darts on a Tuesday, ladies darts on a Thursday, and a choice of a quiz night, pool or crib evening on a Monday. £2.35 food menu on Wednesday & Friday.
moc.mahsrevacnworc@mahsrevacnworc(0118) 947 1407
3 Bridge Street
Completely refurbished in early 2017 with new internal glazed porch and extension of the bar counter. A new large patio area with smoking shelter is popular. Modern decor with some exposed brickwork and a lot of timber on the bar front, ceiling and flooring. Sports TVs show all big events. Food features burgers, hot dogs, burritos and other pub staples. Regularly three real ales with an occasional fourth.
- Fox & Hounds
51 Gosbrook Road
A regular winner or runner-up in local CAMRA Pub of the Year awards, the Fox is a popular and lively community hub with six regularly changing cask ales, eight craft keg lines, four or more ciders and perries and a good selection of bottles. A blue plaque commemorates the day in 1960 that John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed a gig there as the Nerk Twins. Quiz nights on every second Wednesday are always well attended.
From 5 May 2020, Fox & Hounds, doing takeaway growler refills from local breweries. Initially 4 x keg ales but hopes to add a cask ale. Also bottles / cans available. Hours: 1pm-7pm (Mon-Sat), 4pm-7pm (Sun) Can ring or text on 07915540926. Follow on social media for updates.
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5916(0118) 947 5018
10/12 Church Road
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). The current pub was built in 1916 and offers good food and ale; an extensive Chef and Brewer menu is available all day, with numerous specials on chalkboards and regular themed produce weeks. The spacious pub with a heated rear patio garden offers plenty of opportunity for a quiet drink or a big family meal. The guest ale changes weekly and is chosen from a variety of local and national breweries. Convenient for Caversham centre, it can get busy, but is surprisingly spacious inside. Level access from car park and terrace at rear.
- Last Crumb
moc.bupbmurctsaleht@ofni(0118) 947 0749
76 Prospect Street
After a radical refurb, this has now re-opened as the Last Crumb, with the pub being run by Dodo PubCo. They use sparklers on the ales here. Also 10 key keg lines. Whilst they open at 9am, they don’t serve alcohol until 11am.
- Red Cow
moc.liamg@gnidaerwocder(0118) 947 4955
56 Star Road
Historic pub which re-opened in June 2018 after a few years of closure. No ale at present. Listed as an ACV. Nepalese snacks and pub grub available. BT Sport available. Occasional live music.
- Travellers Rest
(0118) 947 9441
108 Henley Road
Grade 2 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. Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet. Very near the Reading Crematorium. Two function rooms bookable.
- Baron Cadogan moc.em@tterbnerrad(0118) 947 3280 22-24 Prospect Street Caversham RG4 8JG
- Heron on the Ford
(0118) 934 0700
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 disuade drivers from using the ford. Garden includes a kids play area.
- Wee Waif
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@6035(0118) 944 0066
Old Bath Road
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. It had a major refurbish in Spring 2015. Guest beers are often from the GK Collaboration range.
- Heron on the Ford (0118) 934 0700 Park Lane Charvil RG10 0UE
- Crazies Hill
ku.oc.llihseizarctasnroh@ofni(0118) 940 6041
A historic pub in large grounds, with quality restaurant in an ancient, adjoining barn conversion. Somewhat remote, but less than an hour's gentle amble through the forest from Wargrave (A321) or Knowl Hill (A4), via a variety of routes. Or take a cab from Twyford or Wargrave (not too pricey if there's a few of you!). In summer opens 5.30 weekdays and stays open to 9 on Sundays. Pub quiz every 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Please note the pub closes the immediate Tuesday following a Bank Holiday Monday.
- Horns ku.oc.llihseizarctasnroh@ofni(0118) 940 6041 Crazies Hill Crazies Hill RG10 8LY
- Earley Home Guard Social Club
(0118) 926 5936
22 Pitts Lane
Friendly private members club. Plenty of events and music nights held. Offers an array of traditional games.
(0118) 926 1844
179 Wokingham Road
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.
- Earley Home Guard Social Club (0118) 926 5936 22 Pitts Lane Earley RG6 1BT
- Emmer Green
- Black Horse
(0118) 947 4111
16 Kidmore End Road
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)
- White Horse
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@2016(0118) 947 3741
9 Kidmore End Road
Large pub overlooking the village green, with extensive decked and heated patio. Food 12:00-21:00 daily; themed food nights and Sunday lunch a speciality. Children allowed until 21:00, dogs allowed any time. Can get busy when sports are on TV.
- Black Horse (0118) 947 4111 16 Kidmore End Road Emmer Green RG4 8SE
- Old Bell
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5126(0118) 988 8348
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.
- Old Bell ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5126(0118) 988 8348 Goring Lane Grazeley RG7 1LS
- Hare Hatch
- Horse & Groom
email@example.com(0118) 940 3136
Bath Road (A4)
Occupying a prominent position on the A4, the building dates back several 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 and two real ciders on handpump are complemented by extensive collections of whisky, gins (around 100) and wine. Upmarket bar snacks are available alongside the main menu. Doors may open at 11.30 with service from midday. Bus 4/4A from Maidenhead or 127 (Saturdays only) from Reading - Maidenhead.
- Horse & Groom firstname.lastname@example.org(0118) 940 3136 Bath Road (A4) Hare Hatch RG10 9SB
- Castle Inn
ku.oc.tsruheltsac@ofni(0118) 934 0034
The Castle Inn is a freehouse, owned by the church opposite, provides both good beer and good food. Regular LocAle while the other two handpumps rotate around local and national breweries. The menu changes every couple of months and can be viewed online. Parts of the building date back to the 10th century. Access to the garden is between the pub and the neighbouring bowling green. Closed Monday lunchtime and may close early Monday evening.
- Green Man
ku.oc.tsruhnamneerg@snoitavreser(0118) 934 2599
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. Wi-Fi available. Dog friendly.
- Jolly Farmer
moc.tsruhsremrafylloj@ofni(0118) 934 1881
The Jolly Farmer is rapidly gaining a reputation for the best Nepalese curries in the area, with a choice of Nepalese, Indian and English food is served all day every day. It's situated on the B3030, between Winnersh and Hurst. There's a large outside area including a children's play area, as well as live music on alternate Fridays. There's disabled access and a separate disabled toilet.
- Castle Inn ku.oc.tsruheltsac@ofni(0118) 934 0034 Church Hill Hurst RG10 0SJ
- Knowl Hill
- Bird in Hand
Bath Road (A4)
An historic country inn, with parts dating back to the 14th Century now run by Wadworth 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. Bus 4/4A from Maidenhead or 127 (Saturdays only) from Reading - Maidenhead.
- New Inn
88 Bath Road (A4)
A stylish and comfortable interior with solid oak beams where most come to sample from the huge menu of contemporary food. Meal offers on midweek & Sunday lunches, Thursday evenings and Tapas range. May close early when the last diners leave and also may employ seasonal opening hours - ring ahead if planning a specific visit or stay in one of the nine guest rooms!
- Royal Oak
Round the Hill, Knowl Hill Common
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, and real cider on draught. 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 evenings, with all-day roasts on Sundays. Bus 127 from Reading (Saturday only) or 239 from Henley / Maidenhead or the 4/4A from Maidenhead.
- Bird in Hand ku.oc.htrowdaw@dnahnidrib(01628) 826622 Bath Road (A4) Knowl Hill RG10 9UP
- Lower Earley
- Earley Retreat
ku.oc.gnidaertaerteryelrae@yriuqne(0118) 987 6569
Modern pub which is part of the ASDA complex, so somewhere to rest your weary feet after a mega-shop. Plenty of parking. Partially covered patios at front and side. Two pool tables and live sport feature.
- Seven Red Roses
email@example.com(0118) 935 4103
19 Maiden Place
A friendly community pub in the Maiden Lane precinct in Maiden Place, Lower Earley. Shows all types of sport, in HD, on three big screens. If you want it, they'll will show it - from athletics to diving! Serves food noon to 9pm every day from an extensive menu with daily meal deals such as Pint & a Pie for £5.99.
- Toby Carvery
(0118) 975 0381
Unit 2, The Square, Chalfont Way
Comfortable Toby Carvery opposite Asda. They welcome locals for a drink as well as individuals and groups for a meal. Breakfast is served from 8am until 11, meals from 12 to 10pm. Plenty of meal and drinks offers usually available.
- Earley Retreat ku.oc.gnidaertaerteryelrae@yriuqne(0118) 987 6569 Chalfont Close Lower Earley RG6 5HZ
- Horse & Groom
(0118) 933 2813
Located next to St John's church opposite the show ground, this pub has been steadily improving over the last few years. An internal refurbishment has encouraged a more mixed set of punters and a family-friendly atmosphere. The grassed garden makes for a nice place to enjoy your beer when the sun's out. Dart board and pool table available.
- Turners Arms
ku.oc.smrasrenruteht@liam(0118) 933 2961
West End Road
A short walk from the village centre, this former row of cottages, one of which was inhabited by a wood turner, became a pub circa 1863. Authentic Thai food is served, plus a full English menu (no food lunch time Mon, Tues or Sun eve). Free wi-fi and a spacious garden. Musicians might enjoy the jam night every 4th Thursday.
- Victoria Arms
(0118) 933 2624
54 Victoria Road
Lively locals pub in a traditional village setting. Real fire, sports bar. Breakfast 09:30-11:30 Sat/Sun
- Horse & Groom (0118) 933 2813 The Street Mortimer RG7 3RD
- Cross Keys
moc.enruobgnapsyekssorc@ofni(0118) 984 3268
An historic pub with low-beamed ceilings. To the rear is a wonderful garden next to the River Pang, which hosts a multitude of fish and is the river upon which Kenneth Grahame's 'Wind in the Willows' is based.
ku.oc.letohtnahpele@noitpecer(0118) 984 2244
The hotel was originally called The Elephant when it first opened in the late nineteenth century, but its name was changed to The Copper Inn in 1967. It was taken over and refurbished in 2007 - once more under its original name. Full hotel/restaurant facilities, but you're most welcome just to drop in for a pint or two. Local beer and food suppliers preferred. Annual Beer Stampede Festival (August/September).
- George Hotel
moc.enruobgnapletohegroeg@olleh(0118) 984 2237
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
ku.oc.bulcenruobgnap@ofni(0118) 984 2885
Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road
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.
ku.oc.enruobgnapnaws@ofni(0118) 984 4494
A 17th century listed building in an enviable riverside location. Large pub with two bars and several distinct areas, so everyone can feel at home. Food (more premier dining than pub grub) available until 10pm, or 9pm on Sundays; the menu changes every six weeks. The Thames Path passes close by and a terrace allows views of the river, with moorings available for customers.
- Cross Keys moc.enruobgnapsyekssorc@ofni(0118) 984 3268 Church Road Pangbourne RG8 7AR
moc.gnidaeresuohelaeht@seiriuqne(0118) 950 8119
2 Broad Street
Popular wet led 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 from further afield, there are frequently rare and unusual ales to be found on their pumps. Often busy around the bar area, those wishing for a more peaceful drink can take advantage of the secluded 'cubby holes' at the back of the pub.
- Allied Arms
moc.liamg@75smradeilla(0118) 958 3323
57 St. Mary's Butts
A town centre pub dating from around 1828, with two cosy bars - enter via the side passage, not the front door! The large, walled garden is a popular refuge from the chaos of town with patio heaters for those colder nights. A wide and interesting selection of songs are available on the jukebox. An enhanced range of up to 10 ales available each weekend. Regular charity pub quiz. Closed Sundays.
Note - will open from midday on Mondays after the clocks move forward.
- Back of Beyond
(0118) 959 5906
104-108 King's Road
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. Good-sized outdoor seating area to the rear. Uses stillaging at the expense of handpumps during the JDW beer festivals. Quiz night Wednesdays
- Beefeater Reading Gateway
(0118) 207 0477
Off Imperial Way
New Build Beeteater Restaurant that has entry into the Premier Inn.
- Bel & the Dragon
ku.oc.gnidaer-nogardehtdnaleb@ofni(0118) 951 5790
Gas Works Road
Bar and restaurant housed in a tastefully converted former industrial building on the waterfront of the River Kennet and now ownned by Fullers. The smart, modern bar serves beer from local breweries. A real fire and an eclectic mix of soft furnishings create an atmospheric environment, which can get lively around peak dining times. The separate restaurant offers upmarket dining of excellent quality - 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 century.
- Blagrave Arms
moc.liamg@gnidaeralbalbeht(0118) 958 6775
35 Blagrave Street
After a thorough refurbishment a few years back, the Blagrave sports a modern interior with a slant towards the late-night crowd, with DJ sets and karaoke being commonplace events (check out their active Facebook group for what's coming up!). An actively gay-friendly venue but all are welcome to enjoy the pub and atmosphere. There are three handpumps at the bar, usually hosting beers from local breweries. Bag in a box cider is sometimes available. Close to Reading's transport hub.
firstname.lastname@example.org(0118) 951 9001
21-23 St. Marys Butts
Refurbed, re-named and re-opened March 2016. Full survey to follow.
ku.oc.gnidaerreltubeht@anin(0118) 959 5500
85-91 Chatham Street
Named after Butler’s Wine Merchants, who operated from these premises many years ago, this is very much a ‘local’ in the heart of town. Taken over by a local consortium after a long period of Fuller's stewardship, there has been an ongoing process of upgrading both inside and out. Ales sourced from regionals and local breweries, with often some unusual choices for Reading. Live music is a weekly feature and draws large crowds - keep up to date with the gig list by visiting their active social media platforms.
- Castle Tap
(0118) 958 0473
120 Castle Street
Alongside its ever-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, they maintain a friendly local atmosphere. The frequent live music and other events are well worth checking out. And, for those feeling peckish, cheeseboards are available. The back room can be booked for functions.
- Curzon Club
(0115) 973 5270
362 Oxford Road
Members-only club, but non-members are welcome as guest members. The clubs underwent a massive refurbishment in early 2019.
- Double-Barrelled Brewery Tap
ku.oc.dellerrabelbuod@sreehc(0118) 942 8390
Unit 20 Stadium Way
Large, modern tap room with outside seating. 12 keg lines serving Double-Barrelled and other craft breweries’ beer. Gin and wine are also available, and cans to take away. Street food pop-ups on occasional Saturdays; at other times you can bring in your own food. Brewery tours are available and must be booked in advance. Currently one small step up to access the building and no disabled toilet – hoping to have full disabled access by autumn 2019.
- Fisherman's Cottage
ku.dtl.stessa@luop(0118) 956 0432
224 Kennet Side
A thriving freehouse on the towpath of the river Kennet. Four handpumps are complemented by 10 keg taps and a large selection of bottled and canned beers. The menu is based around pub classics and tapas, including a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The garden is a summer delight, including beach hut style seating booths!
- Foresters Arms
79-81 Brunswick Street
Pub thoroughly refurbished and re-opened March 2020.
Full survey to follow.
(0118) 959 0376
31 Greyfriars Road
A friendly, down-to-earth Irish pub that is a real community hub. Two plasma screens show Irish TV (often RTE) via satellite with Gaelic football and all the big sporting events; the atmosphere is often lively when a big game is showing, though comfy corners exist for a quieter pint. Regular music nights are held. Food served till 18:00. Smithwicks Red Ale in bottles and Tayto crisps for an Irish pub experience!
- Great Expectations
ku.oc.ytilatipsohnoinimod@snoitatcepxetaerg(0118) 950 3925
33 London Street
Great Expectations is located in an impressive Victorian Roman-style building in one of Reading conservation areas and had the honour of being opened by Charles Dickens in 1843. Its offers a themed bar/restaurant in the form of a Dickensian London street, serving pub food and light bar snacks. TV screens show major sporting events and a pool table is available. Has installed a small brew-kit which can produce various house beers when a brewer is available. Cask happy hour, £3 per pint at 17:00 to 19:00 Mon to Fri.
ku.oc.gnidaerrairfyergeht@ofni(0118) 958 0560
53 Greyfriars Road
Convenient for the railway station and popular with the after-work crowd. A modern looking but yet traditional pub with eight handpumps and 14 keg lines, all offering beers from independent breweries. Occasional 'tap takeovers feature' and there is a 10% discount off a pint or half of real ale for CAMRA members. A small range of paninis and salad are served from lunchtime into the early evening with a pint. Regular Quiz night every other Monday from 7.30pm.
- Hop Leaf
ku.oc.kcabpoh@faelpoh(0118) 931 4700
163-165 Southampton Street
A traditional local where the licensees recently celebrated their 10th anniversary at the pub. A good selection of pub games such as bar billiards, crib or backgammon. The pub stocks six Hop Back beers plus a selection of cider and perry. Fans of classic rock will enjoy the landlord's choice in music. A variety of pub snacks are available, the pub is dog-friendly and a good range of daily newspapers are provided.
- Hope & Bear
(0118) 935 4095
151-153 London Road
A thriving gastropub which regularly seems to change its name. Usually 5 ales on offer, with a range of keg beers, including Siren Craft, and bottled foreign beers. Westons cider is available summertime only. Boards games group Wednesdays. Beer gardens on either side of the pub offer plenty of spots to enjoy fine weather.
- Hope Tap
(0118) 958 2266
99-105 Friar Street
Now the only Reading town centre Wetherspoons. Evening customers can suffer extended waiting times at the bar. Four bag in box real ciders rotating, around three standards. The site of this Wetherspoon pub was once occupied by the Hope Brewery, which had its own pub, the Hope Tap but by 1860 the brewery had gone. Alcohol available from 9am.
email@example.com(0118) 957 4794
2 Castle Street
Historic town centre pub with unusual interior layout. Traditionally a rugby pub, it has several TV screens showing different sports. A useful spot for all rugby and sports fans, no matter which team you support which can get crowded. Wed: Quiz, Thur: Karaoke, Sat: Live Music. There's a small garden seating area at the back.
- Jolly Anglers
(0118) 327 4852
314-316 Kennet Side
Re-opened in Spring 2019 following a refurbishment, The Jolly Anglers is a friendly freehouse situated on the side of the Kennet & Avon canal, close to the junction with the River Thames.
Note winter opening hours - 4pm onwards Mon-Weds, 2pm onwards Thurs-Fri, Midday Sat-Sun
ku.oc.gnidaertsruhdnyleht@ofni(0118) 950 3888
88 Queens Road
Family run bar & kitchen, the Lyndhurst maintains its presence as a smart town pub with with good range of real ale with many locally-sourced. Fresh seasonal food with menus changing monthly. Music & beer festivalin Easter.
- Market House
moc.gnidaeresuohtekram@ofni(0118) 216 1750
1-2 Market Place
A new bar situated in the ex-Lloyd's Bank. Now open with four real ales significantly varying in price from £3.50/pint to £4.70/pint. On multiple levels with toilets on the rooftop terrace (3rd floor) accessible by stairs or via a temperamental lift! No real ale available in rooftop terrace bar but various areas could act as a function room and the downstairs sports what appears to be a genuine clock from The George Hotel, Twickenham, a pub that's still open. With little apparent irony, the bar is cashless; card payment only.
moc.gnidaerdomeht@snoitavreser(0118) 375 0767
213 Caversham Road
A smart pub popular with local residents and office workers. Decor in the airy interior is a fusion of east meets west, with comfy sofas and wooden tables. Large decked garden and smoking area to the rear, plus roadside tables at the front. Food is a mixture of English and Thai cuisines, with regular offers like steak night, or two-for-one on main courses on Mondays. Pub quiz on Sunday nights starting at 8.30pm.
- Monks Retreat
(0118) 907 6371
163 Friar Street
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.
- Nags Head
5 Russell Street
With the wide range of real ales, real cider and perry always has on offer, visitors can be sure to find something to their tastes here. There is also a craft beer wall, 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.
(0118) 960 6580
4 Friar Street
Refurbished in May 2017 with the original O'Neill's internal ambience stripped back and painted over, making way for a more contemporary interior (painted wood panelling, exposed brick, grey walls) though the original layout remains almost as it was. Now a tokenistic music theme, with live perfromances on the weekend. TV sports remain.
- Oakford Social Club
(0118) 959 4267
53 Blagrave Street
Modish venue near the train station. Several craft & foreign beers on tap in addition to cask. Live music every Sunday and two other evenings a week. Occasional beer and music festivals. Food served until 10pm. Dogs on a lead welcome; children OK until 6pm. Wheelchair access by side ramp - need someone to ask for the door to be opened. Can take a while to get served when busy.
ku.oc.gnidaer-kooltuo@olleh(0118) 958 6549
76-78A Kings Road
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.
- Palmer Tavern
moc.srabruolla@nrevatremlap(0118) 935 1009
128 Wokingham Road
Refurbished in summer of 2016, formerly known as the College Arms. Now aimed at the student population, with a large single bar and garden. Dart board, pool table and numerous screens. Loyalty card scheme available for customers giving discount on ales, craft beers & spirits. Sunday night quiz from 8pm. Pay and display car park but free to customers.
- Park House (University of Reading)
ku.ca.gnidaer@srab(0118) 378 5098
Park House, Whiteknights Campus
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's a popular venue for the mature University community and can get very busy between 5-7 in the evening. Non-accredited vehicles are not allowed on campus until after 5pm - however a regular bus service drops off inside the campus. Open from midday during University term-time and during Christmas and Easter vacations; if in doubt, please ring in advance. Almost uniquely, the bar is cashless.
- Pitcher & Piano
moc.onaipdnarehctip@gnidaer(0118) 958 8964
18 Friar Street
Chain bar popular with shoppers and the evening crowd. Two real ales available from the Marstons range. Cocktail menu and various bottled beers also available. Food is served, including gluten-free and wheat-free options, with Sunday roasts also available in winter.
- Pond House
(0118) 958 3664
738 Oxford Rd
Large roadside pub, refurbished in October 2016 and much improved from it. Pool and darts available.
- Queens Head
firstname.lastname@example.org(0118) 986 3040
54 Christchurch Road
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. Local hotel guests and CAMRA members 7% discount. Also has loyalty discounts.
(0118) 376 9159
8 St John's Street
A well-loved back street boozer with a traditional layout and feel. A good range of real ale is squeezed into the small bar. The landlord tends to concentrate on well-known regional brands however there are a good range of more eclectic choices available in bottled form, as well as a number of ciders. Locally renowned for regular live music and hosting local events. A quiz night is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Disabled access to pub, but no disabled toilets
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@3825(0118) 966 7153
37 Auckland Road
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. All Freeview big games live on their many screens! There is also a pleasant patio area at the side. Parking at rear. Fields a darts and poll team. Food is served noon to 9pm Monday to Thursday and bar snacks noon to 11pm Friday to Sunday.
- Rose & Thistle
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@0906(0118) 957 3851
43 Argyle Road
The Rose and Thistle is a large pub that caters for all. Sporting events (mostly football) are shown regularly on the many television sets around the bar area but should you wish to avoid them there is ample seating outside at the front and in a beer garden to the rear.
- Royal Albion
642 Oxford Road
Refurbished in the last couple of years and looking smarter from it. Separate pool and darts room and outside drinking area at side.
- Salisbury Conservative Club
moc.liamtoh@bulcyrubsilas(0118) 926 5804
316 Kings Road
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.
(0118) 957 2685
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.
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@4925(0118) 975 2089
201 Shinfield Road
Large comfortable pub on the corner of Shinfield Road and Elm Road. Good value food is served all day, with meal-deals Mon-Sat. A proper local pub at the heart of its community, with a quiz on Wednesday night and Killer Pool on Sunday night.
- Spread Eagle
(0118) 957 4507
117 Norfolk Road
Former Greene King back street pub that used to service the former Reading FC home of Elm Park. Free pool and jukebox every Thursday from 1pm until 11pm. Regular karaoke and quiz nights.
- Sun Inn
ku.oc.gnidaernuseht@tnerb(0118) 958 0755
16 Castle Street
Town centre pub and reputedly the oldest in Reading. Rambling interior. Plenty of screens for sporting events alongside pool, darts and crib.
- Sweeney & Todd
(0118) 958 6466
10 Castle Street
A Reading institution, open for over 30 years, and a bit of a time warp. The front is a pie shop. Go up a few stairs to find the bar, the then further through to the restaurant. There's another dining area in the cellar, but don't worry if you just want to go in for a drink at the bar - that's fine. The main draw is the pies with over 20 varieties to choose from, and you can also buy them from the shop to take away along with pasties, sausage rolls, cold meats and Scotch eggs (shop opens at 8.30 Mon-Sat).
Note - has been up for sale since August 2017 (and still is in May 2019)
- Thirsty Bear
(0118) 950 4439
110 King's Road
Previously a long-established gay pub attracting well-renowned cabaret acts on the circuit, The downstairs of the building is now a bar area with an open plan pizza kitchen. Upstairs is a lounge with an American-style Wurlitzer jukebox. Fans of US craft beer will find Lagunitas IPA on draft.
- Three Guineas
ku.oc.srelluf@saeniugeerht(0118) 957 2743
The Three Guineas is a Grade II listed pub located in the old ticket hall of Reading railway station. The cellar bar, named Firefly after the first train to leave Reading rail station, is impressive with vaulted ceiling and bare brick walls. 20% discount for CAMRA members. Live music every Sunday. A great addition to our rich tapestry of pubs in the area. 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!
- Three Tuns
moc.srabruolla@snuteerht(0118) 966 9989
191 Wokingham Road
A large pub at the end of the 17 bus route with the original two bars combined into one. The beers in its new Craft Beer chill cabinet include Brew Dog. Food, they claim, is traditional pub fare with a modern twist. Major sporting events regularly shown on Sky Sports and BT Sports. Quiz nights every Thursday evening. 10% discount for students & NHS staff.
- Toby Carvery
(0118) 950 5044
Large, purpose built Toby Carvery offering separate large bar and restaurant areas. Two well kept 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.
(0118) 957 6930
31 London Road
The Turks is an extremely welcoming and traditional British pub. This pub nestles alongside the London Road bus lane and is much larger than you might expect. Pool tables at the far end. Traditional pub food. Local cover bands can really pack them in here like nowhere else in town.
- Victoria Cross
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@7181(0118) 931 0115
Unit B2, 350 Basingstoke Road
Opened in March 2016 as the Trooper Potts in honour of the town's only Victoria Cross holder, and was refurbed and renamed the Victoria Cross only three years later, with the reason for the latter remaining unknown. It's a Hungry Horse chain value pub/restaurant spacious 'megapub' including an upstairs area. They show multiple sports TV channels.
- Weather Station
(0118) 958 6048
19 Eldon Terrace
For many years, known as The Eldon Arms, it reopened September 2019 and is now The Weather Station operated by Wild Weather Ales. They have three hand pumps - two Wild Weather plus one guest, 10 Wild Weather key keg lines and 10 guest key keg lines withalways one gluten free beer on, plus a local cider and a lager line. Occasional themed quiz nights. Card payments only - no cash.
- Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen
ku.oc.troppusbup@gnidaeremildliw(0118) 958 1457
12-14 Friar Street
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.
- World Turned Upside Down
ku.oc.seirevracnworc@gnidaernwodedispudenrutdlrow(0118) 987 1763
387 Basingstoke Road
Refurbished in 2017 this a large Pizza and Carvery house that nonetheless acts as a popular bar. There's a Travel Lodge immediately behind it. Expect a large rugby/football crowd on match days. Karaoke Fri/Sat night. May close early on quiet evenings.
moc.sbupetagenots@gnidaeR.setaY(0118) 959 7090
7-9 Friar Street
Large two storey chain bar housed in Reading's former main Post Office. Sky Sports and BT Sports on TV. Food served including Sunday roasts. The Loft Bar (second floor) can be hired for functions. Children welcome until 7pm - and both they and the adults can enjoy the popular beer garden at the rear.
ku.oc.seergedorez@gnidaer(0118) 959 7959
9 Bridge Street
Brewed on site, Zerodegrees makes an eclectic (and award-winning) 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 3 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. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 PM (£3 pints for core beers - not in December).
- Alehouse moc.gnidaeresuohelaeht@seiriuqne(0118) 950 8119 2 Broad Street Reading RG1 2BH
moc.liamg@1yelesirllubeht(0118) 343 0565
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 every other wednesday; check on website for details.
- Bull moc.liamg@1yelesirllubeht(0118) 343 0565 Basingstoke Road Riseley RG7 1QL
- Binghams Brewery
ku.oc.smahgnib@ofni(0118) 934 4376
Unit 10 Tavistock Estate, Ruscombe Business Park, Ruscombe Lane
Binghams brewery selling on premises. Home of the 2016 Champion Beer of Britain - Vanilla Stout. Draught beers can be bought in 1, 2, 5, 10 & 20 Litre sizes. In 2018 Binghams launched Ricochet to brew unfined and unfiltered beers which are vegan friendly. Brewery tours available Saturdays (booking essential).
- Royal Oak
ku.oc.sattarub@seiriuqne(0118) 934 5190
Across the road from Binghams Brewery, 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, including one Binghams.
- Binghams Brewery ku.oc.smahgnib@ofni(0118) 934 4376 Unit 10 Tavistock Estate, Ruscombe Business Park, Ruscombe Lane Ruscombe RG10 9NJ
- Sheffield Bottom
- Fox & Hounds
ku.oc.htrowdaw@sdnuohxof(0118) 930 2295
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 Wadworth's house (with some of their old signs adorning the walls) 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.
- Fox & Hounds ku.oc.htrowdaw@sdnuohxof(0118) 930 2295 Station Road Sheffield Bottom RG7 4BE
- Bell & Bottle
(0118) 988 3563
37 School Green
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.
- Black Boy
email@example.com(0118) 988 3116
Shinfield Road (M4 overpass)
The Black Boy Inn has been a landmark in 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.
- Magpie & Parrot
(0118) 988 4130
A delightful pub in a rural setting, just past the eastern edge of the village. It consists of two small, quaint rooms, each festooned with an eclectic selection of memorabilia. Opening hours are limited, so double-check that your travel times fit. There's a small lunch menu consisting of local pies and home-made fish cakes. On Friday you can enjoy excellent fish & chips from 6.30 to approximately 7.30 (reservations only).
- Six Bells
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5826(0118) 988 3526
Was a GK Hungry Horse. Re-opened 20th December 2018 after renovation with 100 covers and now offering fresh English food and fresh North Indian cuisine.
- Bell & Bottle (0118) 988 3563 37 School Green Shinfield RG2 9EE
- Shurlock Row
- Shurlock Inn
ku.oc.nnikcolruhseht@olleh(0118) 934 9094
A pub, once rescued from and run by the community, is now commercially owned by Rarebreed Dining. The owners have given it a major refurbishment and turned, what used to be marquee area, into an extensive restaurant area offering home made cuisine using local producers wherever possible. English sparling wines and English gins are offered. The large garden provides a relaxing place for a pint and includes a separate children's play area. Wheelchair friendly.
- Shurlock Inn ku.oc.nnikcolruhseht@olleh(0118) 934 9094 The Street Shurlock Row RG10 0PS
- Berkshire County Sports Club
ku.oc.stropsytnuocerihskreb@reganam(0118) 969 1340
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."
- Bull Inn
ku.oc.srelluf@nnillub(0118) 969 3901
This delightful, full of character 16th century pub, is leased to Fuller's by the adjacent church. Most of the pub is set as dining tables but The Village Bar is a drinkers area / function room. They serve a good ranfge of Fuller's beer and an excellent range of quality food, from sandwiches to fine dining. Food is available seven days a week. Good base for a Thames side walk.
- Great House Hotel (Coppa Club)
ku.oc.bulcappoc@gninnos(0118) 921 9890
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 sizeable car park can be full, even in the winter.
- Reading Rugby Club
ku.oc.cfrgnidaer@trohsm(0118) 969 6592
Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading
Members-only club. Not Good Beer Guide free-entry friendly as yet.
- Readingensians Rugby Club
moc.ybgursmar@nosaj(0118) 969 5259
Old Bath Road
Club. Not GBG free-entry friendly as yet (we're working on it!)
- Sonning Club
ku.oc.bulcgninnos@yraterces(0118) 969 3939
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
ku.oc.bulc-flog-gninnos@ekaltsewz(0118) 969 3332
Duffield Road, Sonning
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 with themed bistro events on Thursdays and roasts on Sundays a speciality. As hours of opening may be varied to suit the winter season, function commitments and other bookings, best check first at this time or outside core hours.
- Berkshire County Sports Club ku.oc.stropsytnuocerihskreb@reganam(0118) 969 1340 Sonning Lane Sonning RG4 6ST
- George & Dragon
(0118) 959 0694
162 Bath Road
Greene King 'Hungry Horse' outlet. Nonetheless selection and quality of real ale on offer is above-par for the chain. Changing beers from the Greene King list.
- George & Dragon (0118) 959 0694 162 Bath Road Southcote RG30 2HA
- Spencers Wood
- Farriers Arms
firstname.lastname@example.org(0118) 988 3132
Old Basingstoke Road
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. Wednesday is curry night and Thursday is quiz night. Opens until midnight on Friday and Saturday during summer.
- Hop Inn
(0118) 988 5155
Off-licence offering a huge range of bottled ales and polypins of real ale.
- Farriers Arms email@example.com(0118) 988 3132 Old Basingstoke Road Spencers Wood RG7 1AE
Sympathetically refurbished by Marston's and now offers a limited range of their list ales. The garden is nice and features a tree beneath which a monk and a debauched nun, executed for her 'folly', are buried! The interior is cosy and welcoming to drinkers who are not dining.
- Swan (Coppa Club)
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 from 22nd July 2019 after a few years' closure, caused by a need to extensively pile and completely rebuild the Thamesside 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 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.
- Bull (01491) 872392 Reading Road Streatley RG8 9JJ
- Spring Inn
ku.oc.nnignirpseht@ofni(0118) 930 3440
Bath Road (A4)
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 West Berkshire Brewery beer always available. Ample parking but also easily accessible by bus or a 40 minute stroll from Theale train station.
- Spring Inn ku.oc.nnignirpseht@ofni(0118) 930 3440 Bath Road (A4) Sulhamstead RG7 5HP
moc.liamg@dleifwollawsnworc(0118) 988 3260
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
ku.oc.dleifwollawsnogarddnaegroeg@gninid(0118) 988 4432
A relaxed country gastropub serving real ales, excellent wines and seriously good food. Tables are mainly set for dining but up to three cask ales are available. Located just outside Swallowfield centre itself, the George & Dragon dates back to the 17th Century and is a Grade 2 Listed Building.
- Crown moc.liamg@dleifwollawsnworc(0118) 988 3260 The Street Swallowfield RG7 1QY
ku.oc.elaehttallubeht@ofni(0118) 930 3478
41 High Street
Originally the brewery tap of Blatch's 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. There is now a large drinking area with a more set dining area at the rear, although food is generally served throughout in this family-friendly pub. A couple of screens show sporting events. There is a function room/games upstairs which can be booked for parties etc. A good local's pub though all are welcome!
- Crown Inn
(0118) 630 2310
2 Church Street
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.
ku.oc.elaehtnoclafeht@droldnal(0118) 930 2523
31 High Street
Grade II listed traditional two room local and a former coaching inn. Choose from the saloon bar on the left when going through front entrance, whilst the public bar with games and sports TV is to the right. To the rear is a garden area. Live music nights are offered.
moc.tenretnitb@elaehtreetnulov(0118) 930 2917
The Volunteer is a Fuller's tied house and is 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.
- Bull ku.oc.elaehttallubeht@ofni(0118) 930 3478 41 High Street Theale RG7 5AH
- Three Mile Cross
moc.liamg@nawsehttaciv(0118) 988 3674
Three Mile Cross
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. Today it specializes in real ales and hearty, traditional home cooked food. It has been privately owned and managed by the current licensee's for the past 37 years. Near to the Madjeski Stadium, the Swan is a popular meeting place of the local business community and sports fans.
- Swan moc.liamg@nawsehttaciv(0118) 988 3674 Basingstoke Road Three Mile Cross RG7 1AT
bup.hsramditdnuohyerg@suotklat(0118) 984 3557
Being of thatched roof construction, this Grade II listed public house has had more than its fair share of catastrophic fires in recent times. It dates back to the 12th century, becoming a wayside public house in 1625, when owned by the monks of Reading Abbey. Refurbished in October 2017, it offers well-kept ales alongside good food in a warm, cosy and inviting environment, the real fire being particularly welcoming on cold days but beware the 5' 8" headroom!
- Greyhound bup.hsramditdnuohyerg@suotklat(0118) 984 3557 The Street Tidmarsh RG8 8ER
- Butchers Arms
moc.liamg@smrasrehctub(0118) 942 4313
9 Lower Armour Road
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
ku.oc.tsruhelitsdnuohdnaxofeht@mot(0118) 942 2982
116 City Road
This low-beamed, popular, village pub is in a pleasant backwater on the edge of Tilehurst close to open fields and Sulham Woods. Originally, an end of terrace cottage, a large conservatory has been added at the rear. A wood-burning stove, installed in a recently-uncovered bricked-in fireplace during renovations adds a new aspect to the friendly, country pub, atmosphere in this predominantly-locals' hostelry.
(0118) 945 1108
78 School Road
Locals pub situated on the Tilehurst Triangle. Darts and pool. No meals served but homemade rolls at a very reasonable price. Live music and jukebox when not!
(0118) 327 6466
111 School Road
Large and well-positioned pub that has suffered from poor stewardship in the past. It was refurbished and re-opened on December 16th 2016. There's now a comfortable ambience, food and a large garden.
- Royal British Legion Tilehurst
ku.oc.lbrt@bulc(0118) 942 9606
Back in April 2014 the Club celebrated its 80th anniversary and continues to be at the heart of Tilehurst life. Music features regularly at weekends (see website for details). There are Friday lunchtime specials from the kitchen. Both the Assembly all and the Lounge Bar are available for hire. Snooker and angling societies, amongst others, are actively supported.
- Royal Oak
(0118) 941 6056
69 Westwood Glen
Encroaching suburbia has now enveloped this once-remote, hill-top, drovers' inn which remains a jumble of rooms at different levels. The higher lounge exhibits a recently-discovered fireplace whilst the lower, public, bar has games facilities and angling memorabilia. In clement weather, enjoy the prize-winning garden at this quirky and entirely wet-led pub.
- Tylers Rest
(0118) 941 5939
149 Norcot Road
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 excavated raw material across Norcot Road for the firing of bricks at nearby Grovelands. An emphasis on value-for-money food and drink now includes breakfasts from 10am.
(0118) 942 5550
1 Norcot Road
Formerly The White House, this pub was extensively refurbished in 2014 with the addition not only of a conservatory area but also the introduction of food - now including weekday breakfasts - and real ale. There is now a broader clientèle than hitherto and scenes of historic Reading abound within. A dart board and a pool table are available, games played via a fee paid into the former and with a deposit paid at the bar for the latter. Buses stop right outside or just around the corner.
- Water Tower
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@3886(0118) 907 6704
160 Park Lane
Formerly known as the Bear Inn, built in the 1930's. 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. Meal deals Monday to Friday. Closes at 11 Friday & Saturday, despite what their website says. The 17 bus terminates here.
- Butchers Arms moc.liamg@smrasrehctub(0118) 942 4313 9 Lower Armour Road Tilehurst RG31 6HH
- Duke of Wellington
ku.oc.drofywtnotgnillewfoekudeht@ofni(0118) 934 0456
27 High Street
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 with a climbing frame. 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
38 Waltham Road
This 19th century pub is is very close to Twyford Station and is beer led (no food served)! 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. Live music Friday or Saturday most weekends. Pub is wheelchair accessible, but not toilet.
- Loddon Hall Social Club
ku.oc.llahnoddol@seiriuqne(0118) 934 5268
Loddon Hall Road
Club: signposted off A321 Wargrave Road in Twyford. Visitors are welcome. Membership for the year is just £10. Rebellion IPA available via 22 pint mini barrels. May have monthly guest ales as selected by the customers.
- Waggon & Horses
(0118) 934 0376
61 High Street
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.
- Duke of Wellington ku.oc.drofywtnotgnillewfoekudeht@ofni(0118) 934 0456 27 High Street Twyford RG10 9AG
- Upper Basildon
- Red Lion
A 17th century ex-Simonds pub - the last of at least three in the village - which welcomes locals, diners and drinkers with a selection of real ales from three handpumps invariably in use and other beers from keg fonts. The historic 'L'-shaped bar and dining area - with pizzas a recent innovation - has been extended to provide a restaurant area that can be used for club and society meetings etc. (bands normally play from within the dining section). In winter, there is a welcoming wood-burning stove whilst, in summer, a large garden, although backing onto some low-rise housing, is otherwise surrounded by sylvan Berkshire countryside.
- Red Lion moc.kooltuo@bupnoilder(01491) 671234 Aldworth Road Upper Basildon RG8 8NG
- Waltham St Lawrence
zib.nnillebeht@ttocs(0118) 934 1788
Waltham St Lawrence
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. They offer up to 8 ciders and perries served from their cellar and are regularly finalist in the branch Cider Pub of the Year. Fresh bread is baked daily. You'll also find log fires in the winter and a good-sized beer garden for sunny summer days. Easy wheelchair access is limited to the usually crowded main bar.
- Bell zib.nnillebeht@ttocs(0118) 934 1788 The Street Waltham St Lawrence RG10 0JJ
- Bull Hotel
firstname.lastname@example.org(0118) 940 3120
76/78 High Street
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. The price of a pint reflects the price of local housing and there's a surcharge for halves. There are two dining rooms, one overlooking the garden plus a safe secluded garden for drinking and eating. Wheelchair accessible, no no accessible toilet.
(0118) 940 2556
At the main cross roads in Wargrave, much of the pub dates back to the 16th century. Lounge/Manor Bar has a seasonal stove coal fire which creates a cosy relaxed atmosphere. The Public/Village Bar is a more lively room with a traditional jukebox, 2 games machines and a dart board. The public bar can be booked - usually no charge. Outside toilets, a rarity these days. Small car park accessed from School Lane.
- Hennerton Golf Club
ku.oc.bulcflognotrenneh@ofni(0118) 940 1000
Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave
Members-only golf club. The clubhouse dining room and terrace has stunning views of the course and countryside with panoramic views of the Berkshire Downs and beyond. Please note - this club has a dress code.
- Saint George & Dragon
ku.oc.nogarddnaegroegts@yriuqnE(0118) 940 4474
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 offres 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
The Club opens weekday evenings and shares the building with the local library. The regularly changing beers reflect members’ recommendations, with two on in winter months and one in the summer. The TV’s default is off, though the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup are the exception! Visitors may show this Guide or CAMRA Membership Card for entry (£3 fee to use the snooker tables). Winner of Branch Club of the Year for several years.
- Bull Hotel email@example.com(0118) 940 3120 76/78 High Street Wargrave RG10 8DE
- Whistley Green
- Elephant & Castle
moc.liamtoh@07ynaeb(0118) 934 0886
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.
- Elephant & Castle moc.liamtoh@07ynaeb(0118) 934 0886 Lodge Road Whistley Green RG10 0EH
- Bull & Chequers
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5696(0118) 969 9756
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. May serve cider on handhump in summer. Gives 10% discount to CAMRA members
ku.oc.yeldoowsreuqehceht@ofni(0118) 969 3477
198-200 Crockhamwell Road
A locals pub at one end of the Woodley shopping centre with a strong horse racing focus and a new outdoor decking area. 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. Occasional chairity events. There's a wide range of sports TV, especially horse racing.
- Good Companions
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@6196(0118) 969 3325
149 Loddon Bridge Road
Community pub built in the 1950's. Accent on TV sports and reasonably priced food, with the two separate bars knocked into one. Food available all day. Good selection of bottled beers available. Cider on handpump in the summer. Outdoor grassed area with bench tables. CAMRA members 10% discount. Monday nights - pool, Tuesdays - darts, Thursday- poker. Multiple teams in local leagues.
- Shepherds House
moc.oohay@yeldoowesuohsdrehpehs(0118) 926 3113
London Road (Shepherds Hill Top)
Imposing pub on the A4 east from Reading, featuring a pool room and a large garden with a children's play area. Late opening Fri & Sat - last admission midnight but may open shut or shut early. The pub no longer serves food.
ku.oc.yeldoowedisretaw@ofni(0118) 342 0171
After a large-scale refurb in autumn 2016, the Thatchers became a gastro-pub with a bit of a South African theme. In May 2019 ownership moved to F&B Horizon, but it maintained its South African slant. 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. 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.
- Bull & Chequers ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5696(0118) 969 9756 Church Road Woodley RG5 4QP