Alehouse (formerly the Hobgoblin) | Reading, Berkshire
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Alehouse (formerly the Hobgoblin)
Exceptional based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar

2 Broad Street
Reading, Berkshire England RG1 2BH [ print map ]
0118 950 8119

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Hours: Mon-Sat 1100-2300; Sun 1200-2230


Mayor: fairwater (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 6


Alehouse (formerly the Hobgoblin)

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Beer Available At Alehouse (formerly the Hobgoblin) (arranged by most recent)
West Berkshire Maggs Mild 70, West Berkshire Good Old Boy 45, West Berkshire Cousin Betty , Plain Inncognito 88, Two Cocks 1643 Cavalier 48, Longdog Hare Of The Dog , Red Squirrel Redwood American IPA 68, Dudda’s Tun Perry - Pear ’O’ Dudda Kentish Perry , Downton Mocha Cabana , Wild Weather Cumulo Citrus , West Berkshire Bruce’s Original Dogbolter , Sherfield Village Solo Mellivora , Weltons Headless Horseman 64, Siren Undercurrent 91, Brentwood Spooky Moon 44, Green Jack Lurcher Stout 91, Franklins English Garden 40, Siren Liquid Mistress 96, West Berkshire Isambard’s Steam’d Up , Two Cocks 1643 Viscount 38
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15 reviews for Alehouse (formerly the Hobgoblin)
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  67%
 Selection  76%
 Food N/A 
 Value  62%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  77%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (660) London, England | July 13, 2014
What a great pub - just my sort of place! It’s very central, just on the edge of the pedestrian area, and has tables and seats spilling out into the street. The main bar area is quite small with only a few tables (including one on a little raised platform, where I sat so I could survey the scene) but there are also tiny wooden cubicles in a back room where I imagined naughty children might be sent. They had 15 hand pumps - all interesting and including three from West Berkshire Brewery - plus some ciders and 3 keg taps, with no mass market junk anywhere to be seen. As I hope I’ve conveyed, I liked it a lot. (Visited 10 June 2014).
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152  (30) Lincoln, England | July 1, 2014
Ok city centre pub. No seating, sticky tables let it down. A good selection of mainly local beers is the positive side. Think I was a bit harsh on my first visit.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
b727trijet  (300) Isleworth, England | June 7, 2014
A legendary pub bang in the centre of town. About the only pub that does not have bouncers outside on a Friday or Saturday! Probably because they serve quality beer not mass-advertised rubbish which seems to attract the trouble makers! The bar is small and there are a few tables in various nooks and crannies. A must visit if in Reading. Years ago my friend got told to get out when his mobile phone went off!
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Brugmansia  (380) Jylland, Denmark | February 22, 2013
Small cosy citypub, in the citycenter. Can at times be a bit crowded, not having that many seats... A bit worn out place, but in a nice way. Great range of beers, most times in good condition. Friendly staff, even though they sometimes seems to think, that we take to long time to decide, which beer to have :-) For sure worth a revisit...
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (368) London, England | September 17, 2012
Every shopping street should have a place like this, yet very few have. Slap bang in the main pedestrian shopping area of Reading, an ideal place to pop into for a swift drink. Small, not to say a bit cramped. But has plenty of character. You’ll always find three or four West Berkshire beers here, complemented by another three or four guests, which are rarely common beers. So there’s usually a scoop or two. Recently had to change its name from the Hodgoblin due to extortionate (financial) demands from Marstons, who own the brand name. Boo hiss to Marstons. Actually, the new name describes it pretty accurately. An archetypal, no frills, town centre ale house. Some people have found the landlord a bit grumpy but I’ve always found the staff fine, if sometimes a little world weary. An essential stop on any Reading visit.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx  (156) Vasa, Finland | May 13, 2012
Very cosy small pub, with brilliant old school music playing (old rock/progressive/new wave/punk/reggae). Quite "worn looks", but at the same time almost felt like home. Good selection of real ales, with also f.i. some Lovibonds on draught/keg.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff  (189) , Sweden | November 25, 2011
What a nice and cosy Pub. 8 casks, few taps and bottles. Love the interior with beer labels all over the walls and ceiling and after 3 consequtive days of visiting the same table was uncleaned. Guy (first night) behind the bar fits well with the name of this establishmen ;). Quite a lot guests indicates that the place is appreciated. I will definately return.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie  (47) , England | October 23, 2011
I really like this place, there are a number of taps with lots of regularly changing guest beers and a couple of regular local real ales. Its a bit dingy but that kind of adds to the charm - it feels and smells like a real ale pub. Good place to go if you are waiting for someone who’s going round the Oracle.
46
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 10/20
dynamiteninja  (50) Richmond, England | January 24, 2011
Good location. Barely any seating. Staff are always very rude. Every single time. Selection is great and never had a problem with beer quality. Lots of arsehole suits on the evening and tosspot goth posers during the day. Very expensive but in line with Readng prices.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
MrAleman  (3) , England | August 24, 2008
Fascinating pub near the centre of Reading. Just by looking at all the beer mats and memorabilia you can tell that this is a great pub for beer. It is a small venue but this helps create a unique and interesting atmosphere. Great selection.

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