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Red Cow
Previous Names / Status:
Star Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 5BE
0.85 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 5.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:2.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:John Smiths
Gray Gulped:Guinness Extra Cold
Garden / Facilities:The place has a big garden I believe - but it was too dark to inspect on this visit. Big barbeque outside though. A big car park out the front too.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
4 November 2004

Before arriving at the Red Cow we tried to track down the Millers Arms and the Golden Key. Both of those pubs, in close proximity to the Cow, were found to be rather overgrown and boarded up - not sure if they'd have much of a selection of real ale either. The Millers Arms was all ready for demolition - a very sad state of affairs. The problem is that you can see why they'd closed - the Red Cow had a total of six other people in (seven if you count the landlord) the whole time we were in there - which was a massive shame for what was actually quite a nice pub. On a Thursday night you'd expect it to be reasonably busy but the only people in there were clearly very regular regulars. After getting attacked by George the pub dog we were verbally challenged by the resident drunk at the bar. Actually he might have been a very pleasant guy giving us a warm welcome but I just couldn't understand a word he was saying. One of the younger regulars had an interesting choice of cheesy lurve tunes going on the jukebox, but the real action was with the firework testing when the pub emptied for five minutes to watch a probably Kazakhstan imported rocket go fizzing into the air. The landlord seemed like a friendy guy and the pub was in good order - neat and tidy with some healthy looking plants dotted around. There was pool, darts, wide range of pub seats and they claimed to do some good food too. If the place was filled with people you'd probably think this was a decent enough pub, despite the lack of any decent beer. You feel the landlord's making a good effort with his pub (although the beer was limited) but the Caversham locals just aren't doing their bit. G.
Full and frank, all bases covered. It just leaves me to surmise that this could be a fine pub to frequent if only some people got down there and gave it life. They might put more beer on then as well. By the way, in amongst the aimless and seemingly friendly banter from the drunk at the bar (we couldn't make out what he was saying though) I think there was some lovely singing as well but it sure wasn't as good as those tunes on the 'box. Crazy fella. S.

BEER EXPERIENCE

The Bass would be the usual beer to go for, but was unavailable leaving not much of a selection. G.
You can say that again. John Smith's and Guinness, not our usual tipple so you can our hand was forced. S.

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(Rated 2 out of 10)
Anon visited in July 2007

"I live between this pub and the troubled Amersham estate. I have to put up with yobs throwing things at my house, shouting screaming and fighting on there way back from this establishment - you shouldn't be serving people who have had enough. I dared to venture in with some friends recently for a drink on a Saturday night, the Karaoke was appalling (i thought George the pub dog was doing the backing singing), I had a guiness that was poured straight into a glass and not left to rest, a pint of guiness takes 180 seconds to pour properly, not 10. We sat in the 'Non smoking' section of the bar which was like sitting in the lounge of a retirement home or your nans. We tried to play some pool, but it was winner stays on the table from the last game. I only wanted to play my friend and the table was not being used at the time, so it was a shock when a track suited yob came up to us to scab a free game out of us. Not impressed."

(Rated 9 out of 10)
GraceMac visited in February 2007

"I agree with your review which was carried out not long after a change of management. There is a good improvement in this well run, and friendly establishment. In addition to the increase in local clientele, many visitors come from ouside Reading to enjoy, in my opinion one of the best Karaoke Saturday night shows in Berkshire."

(Rated 8 out of 10)
Arthur visited in July 2006

"Great local pub, kids welcome too, large garden for barbecues etc. Kids Climbing frame. Darts & pool matches every week, Quiz & Disco nights. Karaoke every Saturday from 8pm. Fantastic home made food with a good selection & very reasonable prices. No trouble. Always made to feel welcome with friendly atmospehere. Inviting fire in the winter. See for your self at www.the-red-cow.com"


Average Visitor Score: 6.33 out of 10

NEIGHBOURING PUBS

The following pubs are within stumbling distance of this establishment:

         
Current Score:
5
Original Score:
5
Traditional Pub?
No
Party Pub?
No
Proper Food?
Yes
Real Ale Pub?
No
Pub Games?
Yes

Red Cow Pub (Reading, Berkshire)
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