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La Tasca Bar
Previous Names:
St Mary's Butts, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2LG
0.28 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:San Miguel
Gray Gulped:San Miguel
Garden / Facilities:Restaurant on two floors with small bar area

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
22 September 2004

It's a Tapas restaurant really - but on the way in the guy at the door asked if we were eating or just wanted drinks. We weren't given too funny a look for just wanting a quick beer - although I felt I had to thumb through a menu to fit in with the crowd. There's a few seats at the bar and a couple of tables reserved for drinkers - with 95% of the tables set for food. It's one of those crazy theme places with lots of bright Spanish colours. Oh, and some lovely cushions. Not sure what to score the place, so I'll go midtable-ish. G.
Didn't notice the cushions but I'm glad you did. I know some of the colours were bright but the place has a subdued romantic lighting thing going on and I thought it was quite atmospheric. But yes, this place is a restaurant not a bar really and it doesn't feel like a place you would just come for a drink. Unlike some restaurants with bars (e.g. Santa Fe) I can't see this one getting busy on a Friday or Saturday at the bar area (if you can call it a bar area that is). S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

San Miguel was the only draught beer available - however there was a very impressive collection of bottled beers from Spain. Should have had Sangria really though. G.
I'm surprised your didn't! Coudn't comment on the beers as luckily mine was waiting for me when I got their and a very nice pint it was too. Not good for real ale drinkers but I suspet they might know this already. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"Excellent atmosphere, superb food, good value for money. Possibly a little noisy but it was a Saturday night!!"
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Bill Carpenter visited in December 2006

Average Visitor Score: 8.00 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
4.5
Original Score:
4.5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
Yes
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
No

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