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Black Horse
Previous Names:
Kidmore End Rd, Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8SE
1.79 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:2.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:3 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Caledonian Deuchars IPA
Gray Gulped:Caledonian Deuchars IPA
Garden / Facilities:A few benches out the front, courtyard at rear

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
7 October 2004

A very traditional pub - when you walk through the front door you're immediately presented with a choice between the lounge bar and the public bar - a door on each side. It was one of those toss a coin moments (not that we did), and we ended up in the public bar which had maybe ten or so locals scattered around making the most of the pool table and the varied jukebox. We were clearly out of place since we didn't know everyone in there like everyone else did. Having said that it was a comfortable enough atmosphere and it was no problem sitting in there for a nice pint while talking the usual bollocks. One nice touch was serving up the Deuchars IPA in a matching glass - shame I smashed mine to pieces as it slipped out of my hand. Luckily the beer spillage was minimal with only the tiniest of sips remaining. The landlord didn't mind at all and was promptly out with the cleaning up kit. Might be a good test in future pubs to smash the odd glass and see how the landlord and locals react. Then again maybe not. I'd like to point out it was an accident here. G.
And I was even thinking of taking the glass away with me as a souvenir but decided against it. I particularly liked the dartboard and the spongy surround which had been mashed to tiny pieces (much the same as Graham's pint glass) with what was obviously some pretty inaccurate play. Also it has a nice touch that to even out wear of the 20 segment they clearly turn the board round regularly (every month I would say) and it looks like it has been done three times at the moment. The pub itself, well the half we were in, was very basic and as G said, the pool table was very busy and we felt a bit like outsiders. We were I suppose. All we could see of the other side was some lovely wallpaper and a gilt edged mirror which made it look more pleasant than the side we were in but we will never know. S.
Well now we know and it seems it would have been a more relaxing atmos indeed and it will teach us a lesson for the next pubs to ensure we check the whole place out. And I certainly wont be listening to my studenty side again! Can you confirm that the dartboard is rotated to spread out the wear and tear? S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

It's not often you see Caledonian beers down here, so that was a nice suprise. The Deuchars IPA was a very tasty pint, very hoppy but not too much so, and quite a distinctive taste. The other real ale appeared to be Loddon Hoppit - but it was off (as in unavailable due to a cask change!) on this visit. So a couple of decent brews usually on the go, which might be one of the main selling points of this pub. G.
I really liked the hoppiness of the Deuchars and it is rare to get this beer around here. I'm not sure if the management have anything to do with the Reading Real Ale and Jazz Fest but G says this is touted as the only pub in Reading you can actually by tickets from. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"If you had looked you would find that the Lounge bar has no music, no games, no machines. An open fire for winter use. In other words a cosy bar where you can talk! If you had aksed you could have had a Deuchars glass and not have to think about stealing."
Andrew Simpson visited in October 2004

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Current Score:
5.5
Original Score:
5.5
Traditional Pub?
Yes
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
Yes
Pub Games?
Yes

Black Horse Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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