Hope Tap (JDW)

99 - 105 Friar Street
Reading, Berkshire England RG1 1EP
bar  3.1/5.0 7 reviews
Mon - Wed: 8am to 11pm; Thu: 8am to 12am; Fri - Sat: 8am to 1am; Sun: 8am to 11pm

Mayor: berkshirejohn (7) | Taps: 12 |
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Beers At Hope Tap (JDW)

Caledonian 80/- (Pasteurised)4.1%1/27/2017
Jennings Clean Slate4%1/27/2017
Greene King Abbot Ale (Cask)5%1/6/2017
Greene King IPA (Cask)3.6%1/6/2017
Binghams The Warmer Winter Ale5%1/6/2017
Wild Weather Black Night3.9%1/6/2017
West Berkshire Mister Swift’s Pale Ale4%1/6/2017
Loddon Penny Pond Porter5.5%1/6/2017
Cotleigh Golden Seahawk4.2%1/6/2017
Sharps Doom Bar (Cask)4%1/6/2017
West Berkshire Good Old Boy4%1/6/2017
Binghams Old Ale4.5%12/23/2016
Mordue Tinsel Toon4.3%12/19/2016
Adnams / Het Anker Belgian Blond5%12/19/2016
West Berkshire Yule Fuel5%12/16/2016
West Berkshire Dr Hexters Healer5%12/16/2016
West Berkshire Mister Chubb’s3.7%12/16/2016
West Berkshire Maggs Mild 3.8%12/16/2016
Ascot Anastasia’s Exile Stout5%10/7/2016
Loddon Hullabaloo4.2%10/7/2016
Loddon P.O.T.U.S4.7%10/7/2016
Wild Weather Little Wind4.2%10/7/2016
Wild Weather Sundowner3.4%10/7/2016
Barbourne Sweet Kernel (Draught)4.5%7/13/2016
Brewster’s Rutterkin4.6%7/7/2016
Woods Redwood4.2%3/22/2016
B&T Little Sheff5%3/22/2016
Celt Experience The Afanc4.5%3/22/2016
Rudgate Ruby Mild4.4%3/22/2016
Black Sheep Bighorn4.5%3/22/2016
Shepherd Neame Hog Island APA4.8%3/22/2016
Brains Phonics4.1%3/22/2016
Greene King Benjamin’s Red Molasses Beer5%3/22/2016
Hilden Mill Street (5.5%)5.5%3/11/2016
Vale Punk Is Dead5%3/11/2016
Elgoods Lazy Dog3.9%3/11/2016
Dark Star Revelation 5.7%3/11/2016
Hogs Back HBB3.7%3/11/2016
Ascot Alligator Ale4.6%3/11/2016
Bath Cubic4.5%3/11/2016

  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn  (224) Bracknell, England | March 11, 2016
A typical barn-like ’spoons, but nowadays providing a better selection than the Monks’ Retreat at the other end of Friar Street - definitely worth the extra walk if you need a tick.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub  (961) Banbury, England | January 7, 2016
A large characterless Wetherspoons on the West end of Friar Street. A handy place to while away a few minutes while waiting for the other pubs to open. Busy but still lacks atmosphere with a dominating smell of food. It’s a Wetherspoons.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Leighton  (1015) London, England | December 11, 2015
A so so Spoons. Round about a dozen cask offerings, but nothing too exciting. OK crafty stuff on keg and in bottle. Good value. Valiant and friendly staff, dealing with quite a busy scene on this Friday night. Decent value. Worth stopping by for the potential scoop, but not a destination in and of itself.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
ruigo  (137) , Portugal | November 4, 2015
The bar at the end of the street with a limited selection and slow service, but always packed. Nice to meet your friends after work, though.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
downender  (412) Bristol, England | August 4, 2013
Large Wetherspoons that lacks a bit of character. The reference to ’barnlike’ below is 100% accurate. Has always been busy when I have visited, which has meant some handpumps were out of action and the range on offer wasn’t as good as in many other pubs in this chain. As ever, good value for money. Ok.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath  (117) , England | November 21, 2012
This barnlike ’Spoons always seems particularly dark and dingy inside. There’s a small beer patio out the back choked with smoke. The beer selection and quality here is usually slightly poorer than in the other two Reading ’Spoons (Monks Retreat and Back of Beyond), and the service is slower. Obviously it’s still a Spoons, and therefore of a reasonable standard (and these things change over time), but if you’re in Reading and want a ’Spoons I’d try the other two in preference.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois  (1029) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | October 27, 2012
Visited on Friday 26th October during the beer festival. As well as the standard JDW house beers they had at least 4 festival beers on and those I tried were in good condition. Typical spoons on the inside and out of the former high street shop variety so natural light and windows at the front only. Was here between 10pm and 10.30pm and the place was pretty packed and service was a little on the slow side. The clientele was decent enough a good mix of ages, largely 20 and 30 somethings and no sign of any undesireables! Not sure how many interesting beers this JDW would yield outside of a festival but I’ve seen JDW’s (on here) stock less during the fest so thought it worth a mention should anyone be in Reading and want to take a quick look in case there were any new rates. 5 minutes walk from Reading BR station.

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