England > Berkshire > Reading
Beer Available At Back of Beyond (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Salopian Indigenous , Camerons Vermillion 47, Marstons / Barley Brown’s ESA 29, Black Sheep Monty Python’s Holy Grail (Cask) , Mordue Americana 78, Thwaites Hobnobber 21, Strathaven Fiery Cauldron 46, Cotleigh Uncle Sam Hop Burst 49, Binghams Brickworks Bitter 53, Celt Experience Celt Bleddyn 1075 (Cask) 82, Celt Experience Celt Bleddyn 1075 78, Everards / Urthel Hildegard’s Solange 47, Wychwood / Cigar City Siren’s Song Session IPA 80, Green Jack Red Herring 73, Cairngorm Red Rye IPA 54
berkshirejohn (180) Bracknell, England | March 13, 2015
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 10/20
A typical ’Spoons setup - a single long bar and a cavernous interior - this used to be a good place to go at Beer Fest time, as 20 or so casks were set up on stillage next to the bar - the current management seem to have lost interest though, as on the first day of this festival (March 2015) there were only two festival beers available.
Boudicca (805) London, England | July 13, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
A fairly typical ’spoons with around 16 hand pumps and one or two interesting beers. There’s a beer garden alongside the canal but it was closed when I was there so I sat in a booth with information about the Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory which was located nearby. The service was friendly and efficient.
(Visited 10 June 2014).
wheresthepath (70) , England | November 21, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 13/20
Barnlike interior (you can always get a table but there’s no atmopsphere at all!) with a pleasant (apart from the smoke) beer patio overlooking the River Kennet.. The beer selection is not up to Monks Retreat JDW in town, largely due to too many of the taps serving the standard IPA, Abbot etc. However, there’s usually still 4-5 guest beers, often including a local from the likes of Loddon & Rebellion, and beer condition is usually pretty decent. Oddly the prices here are 10-20p more than in the town JDWs, and the service can be a little slow. However, at beer festival time this is the best ’Spoons to visit in Reading, as for the festival period it sets up racks of gravity casks and has more beers on than usual.
fairwater (8) Reading, England | March 20, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly typical Wetherspoon. Bit further out of town than the others so often a bit quieter. 8 handpumps, usually 4 or 5 guests plus the JDW usuals. Normally in fairly good condition.
tkrjukoff (192) , Sweden | November 25, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
One of Wetherspoon’s Pubs, same same... Big interior, cheap beer but not cosy. 6 casks, 19 taps and a fridge full of bottles.
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