England > Berkshire > Reading
Beer Available At Three Guineas (arranged by most recent)
Brains IPA (Cask) 37, White Horse Camarillo , Caledonian Summer Valley 41, Wild Weather Sundowner , Arkells 3B (Cask) 29, Brains SA Gold (Cask) 45, Binghams Twyford Tipple 44, Caledonian XPA 43, Binghams Doodle Stout 69, Wild Weather Black Night , Wild Weather Stormbringer , Binghams Delta , Brains The Rev James (Cask) 48, Adnams Shingle Shells 34
Boudicca (673) London, England | July 15, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
The Three Guineas is quite good for a station bar. In addition to lots of standard pale lagers they have 10 hand pumps with a good choice of interesting beers, including several from Binghams and Wild Weather. Unfortunately I have to mark it down on ambiance because there was an overpowering smell of glue (possibly from the building work outside) plus dreadful throbbing music that made me feel as if I was in the Ibiza nightclub featured in "Kevin and Perry Go Large" which, combined, gave me a headache.
(Visited 10 June 2014).
Cunningham (336) Halden, Norway | January 24, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Suprisingly ok range of handpumps at a trainstation pub!
Ok service. Nice outdoor seating as well.
Theydon_Bois (607) The íSham, England | October 27, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on Friday 26th October at 8pm and the place was the busiest Iíd seen it. We grabbed one of the last 2 tables remaining and to be fair the service was pretty prompt.
Decent enough beer range and not too scummy for a station pub. Guest cask ales on this visit were from Andwell, Arkells and Cottage combining in total to 8. Shame they couldnít have had a few more breweries and styles on across the 8 pumps - all 4% golden/blonde type beers.
chriso (368) London, England | August 30, 2012| Updated September 6, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not the most inviting of pubs in terms of appearance or atmosphere but then how many pubs right next to a station are? OK I can think of a couple. To be honest, given the location, all you need is a few decent beers to keep you occupied while waiting for a train, or to set you up immediately you get off one. With eight handpumps, the Three Guineas achieves that. Iíve been in numerous times over the years and never stayed longer than half an hour or so, but I canít remember ever failing to find a beer that was new to me. Usually two or three winners. Job done. Service has always been fine but Iíve never been there at a busy time of day.
Brugmansia (386) Jylland, Denmark | August 23, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited this pub several times. Being just outside the train station this pub more or less is a most to visit.
With its 8 taps, it is very likely to find something new to drink as well.
It is very much a sportsbar, so if you hate football this will not be a place for you. They do nice pub food, the staff is friendly, and you can follow the timetables for the trains from the pub :-)
oh6gdx (156) Vasa, Finland | May 13, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
First stop after arriving to Reading by train in the morning. Quite a cosy pub with good service (even though asked to wait a bit for them to get everything set for the day). Good selection of handpumps, all beers tasted in good condition.
tkrjukoff (192) , Sweden | November 25, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Pub by the Reading railway station. A bit sterile, yet friendly. Few TV screens fo sports, friendly staff. 8 Casks, few more taps for the boring lager.
dynamiteninja (50) Richmond, England | January 24, 2011
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 7/20
Middling beer quality. Good range but they should limit it if they canít keep the quality up. Rude staff.
MrAleman (3) , England | August 29, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Pub just by Reading train station. Loads of different beers on to try and obviously a solid location. Rather run-down also, no surprise there really. Its just the most simple place to go from the train station.
wheresthepath (63) , England | June 11, 2008| Updated September 10, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Being a station pub, this has a high turnover of clientele, and when combined with the large sports screens, passing trains and buses, and station announcments the place can be rather noisy and frenetic.
However, there are several things that make this stand out from your average station pub. First of all, catch it at a quiet time (ie not rush hour, and when thereís no sport on) and youíll find a very relaxing, tradtional pub inside. There is a large area of outdoor seating too, although this does always tend to be noisy from the buses. Secondly, the staff always seem very friendly and pretty knowledgeable about their ales - although at busy times you may have to wait a considerable time to get served. But the most astonishing thing is the array of ales, the like of which Iíve never seen in another station pub. seven on when I was there - 4 from Hampshire brewery, the rest from much further afield (one from as far north as Inveralmond!). Probably not somewhere youíre going to stay all night, but for real ale enthusiasts coming to Reading by train this pub should not be missed.
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