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Oasis
Previous Names:
Baker Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7XT
0.47 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:Greene King Abbot Ale
Gray Gulped:Greene King IPA
Garden / Facilities:Garden round the back I think.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
6 October 2004

We need a bigger tick for the pub games! Two pool tables at either end of the pub, darts, fruit machines, and hang on... isn't that table tennis folded up over there? As well as a great selection of games this pub must win the award for best "pub notices" with little notes all over the place - whoever keeps sneaking 1p coins into the M&M machine should be ashamed of themselves though. Contary to what I was expecting of the place there was a very friendly welcome behind the bar - the landlord not only knew his beer but his snack range as well. And a very good selection of crisps there was too. Also a neat little bar food menu, if you arrive before seven, including an impressive sounding all day breakfast for less than three quid! It's a huge (and empty when we were there) pub so it'd be a good place to bring a whole load of mates for an evening of pub games and jukebox tune selection. In the world of Greene King pubs it was much better than the Nags Head but not as good as The Spread Eagle. G.
The crisps were quite exciting with some new Walkers flavours on offer(great British meals or something) but I was a bit miffed that the bags were only normal size and not the grab bag size which is much better in my opinion. Plenty of trophies in the cabinet to prove this pub takes it's sports serisouly. At least two pool tables were free when we were there as well os it's good to know you can get a game if you want one. In the whole spectrum of comparing pubs it certainly wasn't run down like the Nag's Head but I agree that it wasn't "nice and pleasant" ala the Spread altough as a local goes this has plenty to offer and it was a friendly place. If I lived near and it was my local I would be happy to go there athough I suspect the good lady would rather go to the Spread as this is a bit of a blokes place really. S.
Oh yeah, the menu with the all day breakfast was a real winner for me as well. Another perk aimed squarely at the blokes.

BEER EXPERIENCE

Usual Greene King business with range of standards plus IPA and Abbot. I thought both the IPA and Abbot were more foamy than usual - bit of a head going on which was strange. However, having sneaked a sly sip of Stevie's brew I can confirm both tasted as expected. So no complaints on the beer - I'd have happily had another! G.
The Abbot Ale is always a winner for me. Not too exciting but plenty flavoursome to slip down quite nicely. S.

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

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