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Battle Inn
Previous Names / Status:
Bedford Road (Oxford Road), Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7HS
0.46 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:2.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Guinness
Gray Gulped:Guinness
Garden / Facilities:A bench outside!

RE-REVIEW:

So it's now Nov 2009 and this one is still open, but it is a polish bar. Can't think of the name although a well known search engine tells me it's Gospoda. Not been yet I'm afraid.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
24 November 2004

Ok, I'll get in here first this time. There is quite a lot to say really starting with this place is much better than I had been lead to believe. The score alone should give you a clue as to how much better than some of our real low scorers this one is. It was in pretty good nick all round, decent paintwork - esp the pillar near the bar done out in Irish flag colours - and lots of pictures of Ireland and such like all over the walls. The floor, as Graham will elaborate on, was also in top condition when compared to the Northumberland. Lots of tables and chairs and stools around the edges and ledges galore to lean on. When we went in we didn't even get the 'new boys in the pub let's all stare and go very quiet' thing you often get when going into a local at a local hour (Wednesday after work) and it was all locals round the bar or at the fruitie. Lovely sausage dog who kept on wandering round either wanting our crisps or a stroke Though he didn't do very well in getting any crisps out of us he has obviously been extremely successful in the past as he was quite a porker! Most people wont try this pub out I know, but really, you may as well. It's not bad. The leasehold has been up for sale for a while now so who knows what will happen in the near future. Better get in soon before it changes for ever. S.
Sammy was a friendly dog and no doubt about it. We were still all friends even after polishing off all the bar snacks right in front of the cheeky chubby canine. I have to say the locals seemed a friendly bunch too and willing to make conversation - all the regulars were well into the second half of their life, which relaxed the place right down. I can't understand the reputation this place has - perhaps it's different at the weekend but on this visit it was a good place for an easy pint. S-Man is right about the place being in good condition - howsabout the disco lights along the top of the wall - they all looked ancient but were still all intact. The only reason for not wanting to come back here would be if you had a strange allegy to the colour green. G.

BEER EXPERIENCE

Nothing special, although I spotted that they did have Harp lager for that authentic Irish feel on the beverage front. Guinness and Guinness Extra Cold too. G.
Nothing else to go with really as I think it was John Smiths on the bitter front and one real ale would have been nice. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]


(Rated 10 out of 10)
Q visited in August 2007

"Makes me feel like I'm at home and I can watch the Tyrone GAA matches there too. "

(Rated 10 out of 10)
mark visited in November 2005

"Its the best irish pub in town and what ever any one says its rubish go there and that sausage dog is a cool dog"
Daz visited in June 2005

"This place is a dump!"


Average Visitor Score: 10.00 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
5
Original Score:
5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
Yes

Battle Inn Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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