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Up the Junction
London Road, RG1 3NY
Reviewed On: 15 Dec 2004
Public Houses in Reading
Previous Names: Chicago Rock Cafe
Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7LA
0.28 miles from Reading station
|Steve's Score:||3 (Out of 5)|
|Gray's Grade:||2.5 (Out of 5)|
|Steve Supped:||John Smiths|
|Gray Gulped:||John Smiths|
|Garden / Facilities:||Nothing outside, square shaped pub with a bar in the middle. Pool and table football but not much else.|
20 July 2004
It's a basic pub - cheap and a little bit cheerful in parts. Following the episode at the bar you might be able to work out that this is the Reading pub for cheap skates (why haven't I visited sooner?) Those sat around the place, making it busy for a Tuesday, certainly weren't big spenders with their selection of bags from "Pound Land" and "99p Stores" (15 bags of Wheat Crunchies for 99p at the moment, but I digress). So, if you're counting the pennies this is the place to come. I did start typing something about the food menu in here but I think only Stevie could do it justice - something about body parts or similar - but I'll leave him to explain. Unlike some of it's rival pubs the music was pumped out loud (it was only 6pm and they were giving it some), and they had both table football (just 50p!) and a couple of pool tables. For the record - table football results: (G-S) 4-4, 4-5, 4-5, 5-3. I make that 17 all - thank god for that last ball I stuck home or I'd have walked home in tears. And I much prefered it when the table only gave out 8 balls. G.|
The important thing to notice hear is that I won 2 games and Graham only one won. I think under normal peoples rules that makes me the winner! Eat my dust monkey boy! Anyway, it was a pub in the normal sense and it did have that red, green and blue and very scary carpet all pubs ala wetherspoons have. It's main draw would normally be the cheap beer but for me it was definitely the table football but that might just be because I won! Go on, cry, see if I care. Oh yeah, the menu. The only thing interesting about it being that something on it, and I'm not sure what it was, looked very much like open heart surgery. Not especially appetising. S.
Have you not heard of the golden goal rule? Besides, at least I managed 4 goals or more in each game! 5-3 scum bag! G.
'At least I managed 4 goals or more in each game' - you are clutching at straws now. I never had you down as sore loser, but there you go! I won, accept it and move on matey. S.
Grrrr... I demand a rematch! G.
For a pub that boasts that it's the "way all pubs should be" or something like that the beer was shite. No proper beer at all and a standard range that was impossible to get excited about: Fosters, Stella, Tetleys and John Smiths. After much consideration over the lack of anything I really wanted, the kind lady behind the bar pointed out I really shouldn't have gone for my final choice of Stella at £2.30. Apparantly it was the most expensive drink on offer - her suggestion was the John Smiths at just £1.35 (£1.09 on Mondays!). Her help was very much appreciated. Bar staff that save you money certainly score well. G.|
Ok then, the beer choice was poor and the John Smith's seemed to taste a little unusual to me but what the hell, as the man said, it was very cheap. S.
"I've been working at the Orange House for nearly a year now (being a student it was probably me that told you about the price of Stella). Anyway, since you came to visit, we got a cool new manager, making the whole team top, almost a complete staff turnover who all get on fantastically and it shows, a new chef and new doorstaff. So basically, what made the pub fabulous is still there with enhanced spangliness. Hey, if I hated it, I wouldn't work there."|
Caz visited in March 2005
"The bouncer decided to give me a long talk about how it was the pub's decision whether to allow the 20 minute drinking up time. At 5 minutes past eleven I was told to leave as I was the last customer in there. I told him I still had fifteen minutes left and he told me I had a bad attitude and not to come back!"
Liam visited in November 2004
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