England > Berkshire > Reading
Beer Available At Alehouse (arranged by most recent)
Hop Back Summer Lightning 47, Binghams Doodle Stout 81, XT 1215 Magna Carta , Redemption Urban Dusk 75, Plain IPA , Connoisseur The Usual , Oxfordshire Six Nations , Hadrian & Border Reiverís IPA 69, Waen / Hopcraft Brown Beer Society , Binghams Vanilla Stout 88, 1648 Black Velvet , Exeter Darkness 85, Plain Innocence 69, West Berkshire Dr Hexters Healer 47, Siren Ryesing Tides 97, Gloucester / Wiper & True Black Simcoe 74, Cromarty Hit the Lip 88
imdownthepub (681) Banbury, England | June 23, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Jun í15 Rating 82. Continues to improve, great beer choices, excellent place to go.
Oct í07 rating 72. Great pub in the centre of town, a little gothic in attitude with a diet of rock music played. The beers are varied and generally kept very well. Lots of small alcoves to sit in if it isnít too busy, Friday night was chaotic however. There is a small area out the front for drinking too, watching the shoppers going about their business..
The bar area is tight, small and you have to reach across barflyís to get your beer.
Overall a great boozer.
Fin (764) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 4, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
We visited the Alehouse on Tuesday 26th.May 2015. I remember coming here many, many years ago when it was the Hobgoblin, Iíd been here before on my own and I think with Loz, however Loz canít remember whether sheíd been here or not. The pub sits in one of the main shopping drags in town with a Prezzo and the Oracle almost opposite, I think that the latter is a shopping centre. Itís a bit of a labyrinth inside with a number of small woodens cubicle/train carriage types rooms that lead off the back of the main bar situated at the front. The main bar is quite small and festooned with beer pumpclips for decoration, they are everywhere. You enter from LH side at front and the bar is unmissable off to the right. There are a few small tables but it is a small place so not many. Beer choice was good with a decent selection of cask and keg beers l, these are listed on a board above and left of the bar. There is some seating outside (as I recall). Its decor is quite spartan mostly wood and pumpclips. Only one member of staff noticed during our visit but he was friendly as were the clientele. Quite like this place, it hasnít changed a great deal but just about enough to try and keep up with the changing beer trends.
SaintMatty (302) Uppsala, Sweden | September 10, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully located pub in the centre of town, right in the middle of the shopping area. A great place to hang out and sip some ales whilst your other half shops to her heartís content!
roundhouse (16) , | August 13, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A long time favourite when in Reading, this small pub with snugs to the rear has a great range of ales on tap along with real ciders. Its amazing that it survives in the middle of the pedestrianised area oppposite the Oracle as must be a prime retail potential but it is well patronised so hopefully it has a long future.
Boudicca (986) London, England | July 13, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
What a great pub - just my sort of place! Itís 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 Iíve conveyed, I liked it a lot.
(Visited 10 June 2014).
Mr_Pink_152 (112) Lincoln, England | July 1, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
b727trijet (396) Isleworth, England | June 7, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Brugmansia (481) Jylland, Denmark | February 22, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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...
chriso (476) London, England | September 17, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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. Youíll always find three or four West Berkshire beers here, complemented by another three or four guests, which are rarely common beers. So thereís 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 Iíve always found the staff fine, if sometimes a little world weary. An essential stop on any Reading visit.
oh6gdx (190) Vasa, Finland | May 13, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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