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Kidmore End Rd, Emmer Green, RG4 8SD
Reviewed On: 7 Oct 2004
Public Houses in Reading
Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB
0.41 miles from Reading station
|Steve's Score:||3.5 (Out of 5)|
|Gray's Grade:||3 (Out of 5)|
|Steve Supped:||Skinners Cornish Knocker|
|Gray Gulped:||Skinners Cornish Knocker|
|Garden / Facilities:|
15 June 2007
I'm not sure the Brewery Tap is as good as it used to be. It hasn't changed since our original visit. That's a long while without any updates and the place is starting to take on a slightly tatty feel about it compared to before. Also, the beer was not so good. Much less of a choice (just two beers and no guest). If I remember rightly it was Wells Bombardier - but not a good example of one. I've updated my score (downwards) as the place is now ok rather than one of the better places to drink as it was before. G.|
13 October 2004
The place automatically picks up a good score for the drink range but it's a very pleasant pub inside too. Despite being very brightly lit it felt like a cosy enough atmosphere, partly because it was busy considering it was only Wednesday. It's a mix of modern and traditional with fake old style funky lights but also a reasonably plain feel about it. They've got a full pub grub menu, sport on the TVs and plenty of room as the pub goes a long way back. There's even an upstairs with some good looking seating. Good service at the bar and very well looked after in general - just about squeezes into the four out of five category for me. G.|
I didn't notice it being really brightly lit but that maybe because I drank my beer too quickly! There was an England game on which no doubt added to the busyness of the place but it did generate it's own pleasant atmos and the funky old coach-house type lights over the bar were a nice touch. This properly falls into a pub category with pub furniture and the addition of big TV's for footie as it is in town.
I believe the raised area out back has pool tables and such like but as we didn't check it out I'm trying to go on previous knowledge that might be out of date. Nice pub, I would go here again but I don't think I could give it quite four. It would get 3.75 if that was possible. S.
The only down side is that they no longer brew their own beer on site. But apart from that spot on! Unlike most pubs they had a good range from a variety of breweries - rather than the usual set from one brewer plus perhaps the odd symbolic guest ale. There was an excellent mix of beer including Fullers London Pride and Greene King IPA. It was quite unusual to see Hoegarden on draught, and add to that a good range of lagers, plenty of wines and even cocktail menus scattered around - there really was a drink for everyone here. The Cornish Knocker really slipped down a treat - a light but certainly not thin beer with a very hoppy, fruity taste. It would be easy to drink plenty of these and it was dispatched by Stevie in what seemed like seconds - so obviously a very good brew. G.|
I think I did it justice that's for sure. Very hoppy and very tasty but I think that after a couple you would need to move on to something a bit different. As G said, ther eis a drink for everyone here and I've mentioned in other reviews that it can be limiting when a pub only does it's own breweries beer but this was a really good selection. S.
On re-review the beer wasn't up to the same standard as before. Less of a choice and the quality wasn't tip top. Not bad. Not great. G.
"Save the walk. You won't know until you get there whether it has food (might do, might not!) or even if it's open!"|
(Rated 2 out of 10)
Marilyn visited in June 2007
"Used to be my local but staff (and Manager in particular) have become very obnoxious and on one utterley unprovoked occasion - violent (a quiet Friday lunchtime that involved me, my wife and 2 young family friends being forcefully kicked out for reasons we still don't understand).
Shame - used to be a nice little boozer but will never go there again."
(Rated 2 out of 10)
Jim Baker visited in January 2006
"The best (and most consistent) pint of guinness I've found in Reading."
(Rated 9 out of 10)
John visited in November 2005
Average Visitor Score: 4.33 out of 10
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