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Reviewed On: 8 Nov 2004
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Berkshire, England.
   
Butler
Previous Names:
Chatham Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7JF
0.35 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 6.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:3 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:3 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Fullers London Pride
Gray Gulped:Fullers London Pride, Fullers ESB
Garden / Facilities:Nice enclosed walled garden round the back

RE-REVIEW:
21 August 2007

We paid another visit to the Butler after being tipped of about a change in management, to see how it compared to a few years back. Well, personally, I felt it was exactly the same! There's a new pool table round one side which might be considered a plus, but at the expense of some good tables. It doesn't look like the pub has changed at all in terms of decor and it did seem a bit dark considering it was a bright day outside. Good service behind the bar and a range of snacks. It was friendly enough especially considering the pub has a very "locals" feel about it. They've got a funky digital jukebox system now, which seemed popular with the locals. However, really nothing exciting to report despite the change of management. G.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
4 August 2004

It didn't seem that attractive a place to visit from the outside; situated next to a condemned multi-storey car park and just a few metres from the subway from hell (see Queens Arms review). However the welcome was excellent and the place had a small friendly feel about it - a bit like popping round a mates house for a beer. The landlord and landlady were sat in the main bar and showed us the way to a great little garden behind the bar. Plenty of personal touches on show with home grown vegetables everywhere. Definately not the place for a big night out, but great for a quick pint on the way home. G.
What a good review. Very much like popping round your mate's house for a drink especially if your mate's house was a pub! Nice and friendly in there and I suspect a nice place to become a regular. Good little garden but when you are sitting out there it is a very long way back round to the gents and with the pace beer seems to pass through me I guess I would always be on the move! The location was a bit worrying and i pass it a lot and have always thought I would rather not go in. Just proves the old adage - never judge a book by its cover! S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

Fullers pub, so London Pride and ESB was available on this visit. The ESB was a good pint served in the right branded glass. Bit of a Euro design with a stem that made me feel a bit posh. G.

Following applies to the original review on 4 Aug 2004:
Fullers ESB and London Pride. (ESB was off though on our visit - which was hardly a problem with London Pride available) However, I was a bit disappointed with the beer selection - only because this place was rumoured to serve a decent range (no Fullers Chiswick?). I guess what they had they did well - the Pride was a winner anyway. G.
I didn't know about the probable range in the pub before hand and for what it was they had what I would have expected. Nice London Pride as explained and a saucy ESB when it's on. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"You will receive a friendly warm welcome if you step inside the Butler. The bar staff are friendly and chatty, like old friends and the locals are very accomodating, the sort of place that it is hard to just have the odd quick pint in. The new managers are bringing in special nights, recently they had a fantastic Carribean night, with homemade Carribean food and ofcourse live music from the remaining members of the Hurricane Steel Band. The place was heaving, everyone was having a great time and the atmosphere was electric. Hopefully this lively band are going to return for New Year's Eve, fingers crossed! If you don't manage to get there for that I hear that they are having a special Burn's night come birthday celebration on the 26th January. Every time we go there we make new friends and bump into old ones. I say give it a go!"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Beaker visited in December 2007

"what a welcome from the barmaid being called sir and a smile from a good looking barmaid made the butler the pub it is fantastic service she was on the ball even when it got busy she coped on her own may i add serving two people at a time and never battered a eye lid wow what a trooper will be back just cos of her"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
greg visited in July 2007

"fantastic barmaid knew our drinks after the 1st time effecient,happy always busy cleaning if not serving the regulars seem to respect her and enjoy genral conversation what a asset to the pub need more barmaids like her!!!"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Tina visited in July 2007

"This is a great pub now that Jackie has taken over and she has some great ideas for the place."
(Rated 10 out of 10)
alkie visited in March 2007

"lovely pub with a superb new landlady Jackie!!! a pool table has just been put in the pub, and many more fresh ideas are being put to the brewery... The butler is an up and coming pub in reading due to new management!!!"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
zara visited in November 2006

"Excellent Pride, welcoming landlord and friendly clientel. 6/10? The same as Westside? I can tell you where I'd rather be!"
Chip Holloway visited in June 2005

Average Visitor Score: 10.00 out of 10

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Current Score:
6
Original Score:
6
Traditional Pub?
Yes
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
Yes
Pub Games?
Yes

Butler Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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