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Prince of Wales
Previous Names:
Prospect Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8JN
0.71 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 8.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:4 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:4 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Brakspear O Be Joyful
Gray Gulped:Brakspear O Be Joyful
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ORIGINAL REVIEW:
4 December 2004

Excellent beer and a great pub as well. They'd put in a lot of effort with making the place feel festive with lights all over the outside, a big Christmas tree and even a small nativity display behind the bar (so small that I didn't spot it!). (Nor me S). It generated a nice atmosphere in the place - although they could have dimmed the lights just slightly. There's a framed case of old assorted football shirts above the pool table, where we noted an excellent blood stain down the Blackpool shirt - but no blood down the Millwall shirt? We can only assume the blood didn't splatter too much in the fixture between the two sides. Round the other side there's another Reading shirt behind the bar - adding even more respect to the place in my book. Moving away from the football theme there a fish tank along the far wall holding some sizeable fish, which you can watch swimming around from the sofa. The Prince of Wales has been here for several thousand years (the pub that is, not the man himself) it seems but doesn't suffer from being stuck in the past. G.
What can I add in detail, not a lot really, but I can add my own thoughts. This is the point at which most people will probably stop reading but here they are anyway. The fish tank is great. S. There's more. The wood panelling is great too. There's still more. Not a lot though... The pub itself had a really nice friendly local feel and it had all the bases covered with the extra interest of the footie shirts and the fish tank, but I must admit in missing the nativity scene as well. S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

The Prince of Wales has an excellent selection of real ales. The O Be Joyful was a superb pint and easily the best I had on the night - very fruity and malty, just packed with festive taste, and prefectly served. Highly recommended. In addition there were their two standard Brakspear brews - the usual Bitter and the delicious (from previous tastings!) Special. Add to that a Hook Norton Mild (I guess the guest ale) and this place gets bonus points for it's beer. G.
According to the print from an article in the toilets the O Be Joyful is an extracted name from the original name of OBJ. Can't remember what it stood for at the start but it's a beer that is over 100 years old, local to the Henley Brewery and originally began as an 8%er that would probably give you plenty of hair on your chest if not all over your body! Very tasty in it's current incarnation although Iím no hairier for drinking it. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"Great pub. I had the best Christmas eve and new years eve party that I'd had in years. The landlord and landlady are really friendly and even offer a taxi service to those a little worse for wear. Although I am by far a local the locals here make you feel very much at home. I have also eaten here, which your rating system did not indicate, the food was very traditional, nicely cooked and good sized portions, I understand the landlady will pretty much cook at whatever time you like. I like your report and agree the prince of wales was very festive, well worth another visit."
Joe Varndell visited in January 2005

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Current Score:
8
Original Score:
8
Traditional Pub?
Yes
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
Yes
Pub Games?
Yes

Prince of Wales Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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