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Reviewed On: 26 Jun 2004
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Berkshire, England.
   
Gateway
Previous Names: Scruffy Murphy's
Greyfriars Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1PA
0.10 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:2.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Guinness Extra Cold
Gray Gulped:Guinness Extra Cold, Guinness
Garden / Facilities:

RE-REVIEW:
18 May 2007

Despite the change of name and a re-paint it's still basically the same pub. But it's not bad at all. We were here late on a Friday evening and the place was packed out and there seemed a good enough atmosphere with a good mix of people. Good service at the bar. Good pint of Guinness and a range of bar snacks. Can't go wrong really. G.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
29 September 2004

Despite it's name it's not really that scruffy at all. There's the odd bit of Irish theme going on, but nothing too intensive. There's some good seating to be had in a few tucked away areas (including some rather comfy looking sofas). There's a pool table and efficient service from the bar staff. Ok really. G.
Nothing to get excited about and I only remember the one comfy looking sofa (nicely placed so you can lounge and watch the world go by). We sat at the bar and can't report much more than the few footie shirts on the ceiling was of minor interest. Basic pub type decor but it is probably actually nicer inside than you might expect. S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

Disappointing beer selection. Carling, Carling Export, Stella, Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold and Tetleys. No cask ales or anything Irish apart from obviously the Guinness which is in every pub in Reading anyway (and this batch certainly isn't brewered anywhere near Ireland!) G.
Quite so. Useless beer on the go, especially with regard to a lager selection which if you ask me was really poor and I didn't fancy anything as fizzy as what they had on offer. Tetley's as the only actaul beer seemed a bit unfair as well.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"This pub ticks a lot of boxes for me and although I was a big Scruffy Murphy's fan (especially when Sandra was running it), its now a very different (but equally as great) an atmosphere and a great landlord. Its great for catching up with mates and having a conversation (remember when thats what going to the pub was all about?), brilliant for watching most live sports - especially rugby and football but also other big events, and the foods very good too 9great portions). All in all, a great pub on many different levels."
(Rated 9 out of 10)
Gerry Skerritt visited in March 2010

"Being Irish, this is my local. Been in it when it was Scruffy's and now with new ownership, etc, its alot better. Really friendly, local atmosphere with plenty of screens to watch the sport. Definitely worth another viewing by you guys and the beer is a lot better."
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Dave visited in April 2007

"Enjoyed this place very much, quiet place to have a nice inexpensive pint of guinness and watch the futball games. Very friendly staff and locals"
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Wolfgang visited in June 2006

"Great Irish bar feel at home here I love starting my night off here its not too loud so you can talk to each other and hear whats being said!!!!"
(Rated 6 out of 10)
jockybird visited in May 2006

Average Visitor Score: 7.75 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

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Current Score:
5
Original Score:
5
Traditional Pub?
Yes
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
Yes

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