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Reviewed On: 21 Aug 2007
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Foresters Arms
Previous Names:
Brunswick Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6NY
0.89 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 4.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:2.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Morland Original Bitter
Gray Gulped:Morland Original Bitter
Garden / Facilities:Don't think so!

8 November 2004

Now, if you want a quiet drink this is the place to come. Me and G and two old men putting the world to rights and wishing all pubs hadn't changed in the last 50 years were the only people here on a Monday night. It was very darkly lit so we found a nice corner and supped our pints. Old style pub and old clientele! Nice enough though and the lady behind the bar was friendly. The unfortunate thing is this pub is going to close soon unless some of you who live near here (and there are a few flats and loads of terraced houses nearby) make the effort to pop down to your local for one and mix with your neighbours. It's already closed until 3.30 due to lack of daytime trade. It's a nice little local and I hope it gets used a bit more. S.
Well said Stevie. There was nothing wrong with the beer and there was a decent selection of snacks - so you might as well take advantage of the place. Well remembered about it being dark - it was very dark with the main lighting from an old fashioned green lamp in the window. A real old-style tradional pub this one - the public bar, as you walk in, has a few tables and the two resident old blokes talking about the old times. Round the back the bar has a couple more tables and a dart board. The pub itself is in a row of old terraced houses down a nice town back street. Certainly nothing special but it would be a shame to see it shut down due to lack of trade. Get in there and have a few Morlands for me! G.


Good selection of Greene King beers - Morland, Ruddles and Greene King IPA. G.
Not a bad selection and the Morland was quite tasty. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"Hey Guys n girls This pub info is well out of date the foresters is under new management since early 2010, now has a hot food kitchen and very well maintained garden, a selection of real ales, great for family's and sports fans 3 flat screen tv's something on most weekends, follow them on facebook The Foresters Arms, Brunswick Street, Reading Pop in people taste the difference, a warm welcome from Trisha the landlady awaits...."
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Mark visited in December 2010

"This is a great little place! A great community pub that has recently started serving quality home cooked food. I am a local and I discovered this place over a year ago. Since then it has undergone a change in management and the current manager is striving hard to knock the place into shape! The food there is excellent and its the only place in Reading that I have discovered does homemade chips! The chef there also makes home cooked pies which are totally yummy! This place is now deffo worth a try! A++"
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Peter Finnan visited in October 2010

"What a load of rubbish from Claire. As a woman and a regular, I have no problems going in there, nor do any of the other women who frequent the place. I'm not sure that being spoken to should be a criticism, I guess if she were ignored she'd complain about that too! The current landlord (who would have been in place during Claire's visit) has been doing his best to put everyone off, admittedly, but there is new blood from tomorrow so let's all give him plenty of support. Come along again Claire, with an open mind, you might be pleasantly surprised."
(Rated 5 out of 10)
Jo visited in April 2007

"I have lived down this road all my life and find this pub very unwelcoming, especially for women. It is a typical old mans local pub. If you are not a local or an old man expect to be stared at from the moment you walk in and expect to be spoken to my old men that you would rather not speak to but wonít take the hint and leave you alone to enjoy your drink. I have been in a few times, each time hoping itís changed but I am always disappointed. If you take a short walk down the Tilhurst road (towards Russle street) you will find the Westside pub, a much nicer, friendlier pub with a wide range of ages so everyone feels at home."
(Rated 1 out of 10)
claire visited in December 2006

"A cracking little pub, definately in need of redecoration without loosing it's character of an old fashioned pub. Very community based pub with locals and regulars alike."
James Drisse visited in August 2005

Average Visitor Score: 5.50 out of 10


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