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Reviewed On: 20 Sep 2004
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Greyfriars Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1PA
0.10 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 6.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:3 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:3.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Adnams Broadside
Gray Gulped:Adnams Broadside
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29 September 2004

Update: 11 July 2007: This isn't a proper re-review as we haven't been back inside. Just a quick note as the place has apparantly changed into a "straight friendly" gay bar since our last visit. It's now got extended opening hours too, making it a bit of a late night party venue (licensed to 3am at weekends I understand). Still looks similar from the outside though. G.

Original Review:
Like the beer, the whole place was much better than I'd thought it would be. They've done the place up recently and it was in immaculate condition inside and out. They've got a full size pool table with blue balls right buy the door, which really matched the image of the place. It's clearly very well looked after and being a smallish place really added to it's appeal. I can't quite put my finger on why I liked this place as much as I did. G.
Find something else to put your finger on then! It was a smallish place with a square bar area in the middle which was quite a nice layout. It reminded me in style of the Orange House as it was recently refurbed so in pretty good nick and quite bright and cheery. A bit of a sofa to relax on but not an overly comfy looking one. Can't fault it too any great extent. S.


It's a only a small pub with a small bar, and I wasn't expecting much. It was very pleasant suprise to find a big blackboard propped up on the bar announcing they had a Cask Ale on the go - Adnams Broadside. And sure enough - it was a very tasty pint indeed! Only the one cask ale but one is beter than none when you weren't expecting any. G.
The rest of the brews on offer were standard pub fare so nothing to write home about. S.

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"Always made to feel welcome in the Malty whether on a quiet social with the missus in the week or on a Saturday all day drinking session with your mates!! Top pub and one of a kind in Reading thanks to the service Paul, Mark, Jackie & co provide"
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Jamie visited in March 2007

Average Visitor Score: 10.00 out of 10


The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:
  • Afroba  Merchant's Place, RG1 1DT
  • Blue  Station Hill, RG1 1NF
  • Elements  Novatel Hotel, Friar Street, RG1 1DP
  • Gateway  Greyfriars Road, RG1 1PA
  • Three Guineas  Reading Train Station, RG1 1LY

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