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Claddagh Ring
Previous Names:
Pell St, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2NZ
0.73 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 3.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:2 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:1.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Guinness Extra Cold
Gray Gulped:Guinness Extra Cold
Garden / Facilities:No special facilities.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
10 July 2004

Out of the whole mission so far, 26 completed at time of review, this is the first place we've found where the locals stare at you as you walk past. Pretty good going until now then. However, it's still disappointing to actually find a pub where you don't exactly feel welcome despite the pub sign boldly stating "friendship and honour" is to be found inside. Having said all that, the landlord was a smashing friendly bloke and clawed the score back up a bit. A proper Irish pub with plenty of individual touches from the owners. Nice collection of hurling memorabilia - and I'm not talking about the state of the bogs, which had definately seen better days. G.
I think our experience of the pub may have been somewhat tainted by our expectations - in that we expected it to be a local, you're not welcome in here, type establishment and maybe that's what we saw. As my friend said, the landlord was great (and I'm not talking about Timothy Taylor in case you are getting confused), a really nice guy who did his best to make us feel welcome. The ladies certainly felt a bit uncomfortable and were pretty glad to be moving on. The pub itself was standard fair although they had a jolly big screen in one corner and loads of footie shirts, Gaelic and otherwise, on the wall and I suspect that the atmos when a big game is on may be quite exciting in that corner. If you are welcome of course. S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

The Guiness was tasty enough. Apart from original and extra cold was there much more selection of Irish drinks? Not sure. G.
Can't say I noticed either although Paul had John Smiths - not very Irish but a beer should you want one. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"Feels like you are stepping into a nice warm Irish families front room. The cat is the icing on the cake. They pour a mean ice cold cider! If you've not been to the ring, you can go sing!"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Ryan visited in March 2007

"Awesome Pub i am a millon miles from home and they always make me feel welcome down there!! have spent many a night in there and is a very friendly crowd!!! Hats off to Mary and Martin ! Top Landlords!!!!"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Frank visited in October 2006

"To those that think that this is not a friendly pub I can only say that they wouldn't know a good pub if it fell on them. Ten out of ten to Martin and Mary."
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Derry Barrett visited in December 2005

"Exactly what the guys are saying... you get stared at when you walk in. Not a very friendly pub at all."
Bob visited in June 2005

"There is a lovely beer garden and putting green out the back, obviously not used in winter months, but is the place to be during warmer, dryer days. Excellent pub, a real taste of Irish history and pride, but many cultures welcomed"
Steven Barnet visited in January 2005

"I think the feedback that the two lads gave above is incorrect, I've had friends come over from Scotland and Wales and loads of English brought into this pub, I have never found a more entertaining pub than this. And friendship and honour are two of the biggest things going at this pub. The landlord and landlady are fabulous people and the locals, however starey, are very friendly and the funniest people I've ever met. 1st experiences may not be great 4 the 2 lads, but I've never felt more at home than in this place, there's never any arguments, has been no trouble and the family that run this pub do their best to make customers feel welcome. COME AGAIN!"
Jim Harvey visited in January 2005

Average Visitor Score: 10.00 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
3.5
Original Score:
3.5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
No

Claddagh Ring Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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