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Purple Turtle
Previous Names:
Gun Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2JR
0.35 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 7.5 out of 10
Steve's Score:3.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:4 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Leffe - extra expensive and it's the last time i buy anyway!
Gray Gulped:Leffe - Very expensive
Garden / Facilities:Pubs on two floors, big paved area out the back with seats and heaters.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
10 July 2004

Scoring it a four is probably based on previous experience rather than this trip. The Turtle is still a good alternative venue playing some tip-top Indie tunes although, don't attempt to use the jukebox late at night! (I guess our songs came on during the next Tuesday) The Turtle feels like the original late night license place in town, and it's great not having to worry about putting on your shiny shoes to get in. Usually a good atmosphere and a good bunch of people - although it does suffer from its popularity late at night filled with hammered people pouring in from the pubs. Oh, that was us wasn't it. Turtle-tastic. G.
You don't own any shinny shoes mate! Been here millions of times 'back in the day' and this was the place to end up after a pub or two first and it was always decent enough and really nice to hear proper music rather than the farm loads of cheese you get most places in town. Always seemed to be a really good friendly atmos in here too. This time though, and I don't know if it is because I'm getting on now, but it didn't seem half as good. If you are a rock/indie chick or chap, or a goth or generally not a 'townie' this is good place to be but I'm beginning to think it's not the place for me. I was probably just pissed by then really though! S.
You old git. G.

BEER EXPERIENCE

So at £3.50 for a bottle of Leffe, it works out at £6.02 a pint! Dude! Still, at least they do have a wide selection of bottled beers from around the world which is nice. The Turtle's strong point isn't the beer, and it certainly isn't the cheapest place to sink a few brews either. G.
Some beer - too late in the evening to remember what they had on tap and why we went for the Leffe anyway. I guess the draft was John Smiths or Fosters. S.

VISITOR FEEDBACK [Give Your Feedback]

"great music and close to the bus stop!"
(Rated 7 out of 10)
marcos visited in August 2010

"I used to love this place. I too was one of those people who used to stumble in here at the end of the night for the principle reason that it was the only place in town that a) didn't fill your ear drums with gorgonzola after midnight and b) you could play Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone on the jukebox. Now, however, the Jukebox (a good metaphor for the pub itself) has been "updated" - and not meaning good necessarily. Yes, Dylan's gone, as for that matter is the grime and shadow that made the Turtle such a must visit pub. It's so well lit now, and that more than anything sums up the pub I've lost. And my WORD it's got expensive now. I remember going in there and being served an extremely generous double Jacks and coke for less than a fiver. Now, think yourself lucky if its under a tenner. Still not a bad place to wake up in, but just not the same as it used to be."
(Rated 6 out of 10)
Rob P visited in May 2006

"This is truly the best bar in town every night is diffrent and they have live bands ther all the time. I love it!! rock on! "
(Rated 10 out of 10)
Geezer visited in April 2006

"It's been mentioned before but I wish the 'townies' would stick to Bar Med! I used to enjoy people watching in there with many a grungy chap or chappess with several tattoos and piercings you wouldn't think would be possible. These days it's been raided by the Ben Sherman crew and letchy young boys that think because you've had a few beers, you must fancy them! And I'm not sure if anyone noticed but there seems to be a habit of short changing people at the bar! Having said that, the music is feel good and you can't help but bop to all the 60's and old school tunes! I also have to mention the graffitti on the loo walls. It makes great reading and somehow adds to the character of the place! To the lady who offers a c*nt box at £1 a go, don't sell yourself so cheap love! Mind you, what the hell is a c*nt box anyway! All in all, you have to love the Turtle! It beats mingling with the pretty boys of Revo! :o)"
(Rated 7 out of 10)
Lisa visited in February 2006

"At £4.50 for a single and mixer its just not worth it anymore. Since it came under new management and it was made more appealing and less grubby it has lost most of the grimy clientele that made it fun in the first place. That said, I always unintentionally end up there."
B visited in August 2005

Average Visitor Score: 7.50 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
7.5
Original Score:
7.5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
Yes
Proper Food?
No
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
No

Purple Turtle Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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