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O'Neills
Previous Names:
Friar Street / Blagrave St, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QB
0.17 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:3 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Guinness
Gray Gulped:Grolsch, Caffreys, Guinness
Garden / Facilities:No outside area.

RE-REVIEW:
5 October 2005

Nothing seems to change in O'Neills, despite all the surrounding town centre pubs closing, getting re-painted, and opening with a new name. O'Neills is exactly the same since the last review, except perhaps a few sofas being moved around a bit. All the good points are still there - the table service and the traditional pub atmosphere despite it being an Irish themed bar. It's OK really but not that exciting. It does have a dark feel to the place, somehow managing to lack natural light - perhaps not helped by the brown walls everywhere. Still, if you manage to get the non-smoking corner with the sofas it has a nice enough feel. G.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
15 June 2004

Irish theme bar. Not sure what makes it Irish though other than the beer and Irish pictures on the walls. Not that we took advantage, but they usually do table service if you're grouped around a table - a big plus if you're too lazy to reach the bar and saves ever running out of beer - an essential Irish commodity. G.

BEER EXPERIENCE

Serves Guinness and Caffreys to make it Irish. Hmmm... Personally I needed a nice cold lager after sweating like a pig in the London heat all day long. And that pint of Grolsch was exactly what I needed. The Caffreys (on the re-review) was just a pint a froth - really not that great at all. The Guinness was better, it's supposed to be imported from Dublin nowdays, but not being a regular drinker of the stuff I couldn't tell you if it's any better than it was before. G.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"not too bad, and too the lady who complained about having "all ice and no cocktail" im sure that's a slight exaggeration, and as a cocktail bar maid im sick to the teeth of people not grasping the concept of having loads of ice in a drink - it's partly what makes a cocktail in the first place!!!"
(Rated 6 out of 10)
sarah visited in November 2007

"Great for quick allday breakfast or simple lunch at weekends, and I've always found staff very friendly and helpful. And great crowd for live music Friday and Saturday evenings! Good lager and good orange juice!"
(Rated 8 out of 10)
Jules visited in January 2006

"Like most pubs in Reading the beer is too expensive, nearly 3 for a pint of guisiness!? The place has a friendly atmosphere but they need to sort their heating out. While watching the England v NZ games this winter my hand nearly froze to my Extra cold Guisness."
(Rated 6 out of 10)
Gumbo visited in November 2005

"Emmmm, the manager's actually called Declan. thats maybe why he was rude... cos he's not normally...!""
Claire visited in January 2005

"The cocktails were terrible. All ice and no cocktail and the manager was incredibly rude. What do expect from a man called Jaqculine."
Sophie Hart visited in July 2004

Average Visitor Score: 6.67 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
5.5
Original Score:
5.5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
No

O'Neills Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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