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Horse and Jockey
Previous Names: 120 Castle Street
Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7RJ
0.55 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:3 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Fullers London Pride
Gray Gulped:Fullers London Pride
Garden / Facilities:

8 November 2004

I walked in and was immediately hit by a very nice pub smell. Not the bad one you get sometimes but the good one. I also liked this place as soon as I was in. It had a few nice things going for it - a nice comfy looking sofa, a few books on window sills and ledges, and an eclectic collection of washing up bowls and such like as plant pots! There were a couple of blokes having a drink on their own and a few locals at the bar and the high ceiling and relative openness of the place gave it a relaxing kind of feel. Try it, you might like it. S.
The place had a personal feel about it - not tied to a big pub chain - just someone's pub. I liked the books on the shelves scattered around the place and the big poster trying to get someone to drive the pub darts team around while they get pissed. Don't think they'll get many offers on that one. The dart board itself was tucked away in a corner by the front windows, there was a jukebox and a normal TV sat on a table against the wall. Despite the personal touches it had a slightly basic feel about it - not shabby but not the best presented place. G.


Abbot ale and London Pride available - not bad for a such a small pub. The London Pride tasted spot on but was served with a massive head. I nearly mentioned it but was surrounded by locals and didn't want to get off on the wrong foot! G.
Small pub - big ceiling. Well high anyway. Also, Stella, Foster and guiness so all the usual are well represented. S.

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"nice and friendly pub. good beer, some music night, and friendly people, a good place to hang out after work"
(Rated 7 out of 10)
Vince visited in June 2007

"The Horse & Jockey Recently Takn over as a free house has introduced another Ale pump and now supports Loddon, West Berks, Triple fff & Hogs Back Breweries. The pool table as gone and during the week ambient music plays in the back ground. Sean and jeannine have changed this pub for the better and have already done one ale fest with an other planned for the beginning of June 20 scottish ales. also the garden is gonna be ready for the summer. this pub is highly recomended"
(Rated 9 out of 10)
sean power visited in April 2007

"Nice atmosphere and friendly locals. Ran out of London Pride unfortunately, but spend an enjoyable evening chatting with the landlady. "
(Rated 7 out of 10)
Alan Marshall visited in January 2006

Average Visitor Score: 7.67 out of 10


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