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Castle Street, RG1 7SB
Reviewed On: 3 May 2007
Public Houses in Reading
Norfolk Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2EG
1.24 miles from Reading station
|Steve's Score:||3.5 (Out of 5)|
|Gray's Grade:||4 (Out of 5)|
|Steve Supped:||Greene King Suffolk Summer|
|Gray Gulped:||Greene King Suffolk Summer|
|Garden / Facilities:||Some decking out the back in a small enclosed garden. Some benches out the front too.|
22 September 2004
Before I get started I should point out that this is my local, so I'm bound to be a bit biased. It's taken a while for the pub to feature on the mission since Stevie hasn't been there at the same time (and that's the mission rules you know!). Since Elm Park got demolished the pub has under-gone a major transformation from a pre-football pub into a well presented local. There's still links to the mighty Royals though - Reading FC memoriabilia on the walls and the excellent free Saturday bus to Reading home games (which is very much appreciated!). The landlord and landlady are superb and keep the pub very well run. It's bright and breezy, serving excellent beer and cheap and cheerful food, and there's bar billiads, pool and darts. They've recently introduced a no smoking area - a great (and brave) idea - but still leaving plenty of space to light up. The usual crowd in the pub is a good mix, although not many people from outside the area due to the location. All in all it's everything you'd want from a local pub. The Spread Eagle is also currently Greene King's pub of the year, don't you know. G.|
Ok, there is nothing I can add here. From my point of view though the pub is pretty good. Above average and pretty well kept these days and as you will have read, plenty of leisure facilities too! The only probelm is the pool table and dart board seem to be busy all the time. A good local type pub but nothing that will have you dancing in the aisles! S.
Not in the same league as the Hop Leaf or the Hobgoblin - but still excellent. The pub has a standard range of your usual beers - John Smiths and Toby Bitter. There's three lagers - Carling, Kronenbourg, and another premium lager. However, where it's really at is the three cask ales on the go, which are really a bit special (the pub has been awarded the Cask Marque). As it's a Greene King pub the beers are IPA and Abbott Ale - with the last beer being a guest ale. On this visit it happened to be Suffolk Summer - but it's not always a Greene King beer. Suffolk Summer is a nice light feeling summer beer - citrus tasting apparantly although I wasn't convinced. Normally it's the Abbott for me. G.|
Can I anything to this review. Not a lot really as it's very thorough. The beer is good and I am normally pleased by the Abbott so that's where I would be but it is nice to have choices and the Suffolk Summer was very nice.
"been twice very freindly place beer is good to seems theres a shake up in the food due which will be good go on give it a try"|
(Rated 9 out of 10)
Bob visited in August 2010
"Used to be a fantastic pub - but then I would say that I was that Landlady."
(Rated 10 out of 10)
ISSY DAY visited in October 2005
Average Visitor Score: 9.50 out of 10
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