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The Purple Turtle, Reading

9 Gun Street
Phone: 01189597196

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Purple Turtle

Long narrow and trendy music bar with a stage at the far end and a terrace garden at the rear. Alongside the predictable range of craft and other keg had 3 handpumps serving New Wharf Brewing beers at time of visit: very tasty and nicely-kept too. Pleasant enough early evening but not sure what it might be like when busy.

On 23rd June 2018 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Purple Turtle

Surely the oddest entry in the Good Beer Guide.

American diner style booths, live music stage, eclectic furnishings. Lovely patio entry around the back, discovered for the 1st time tonight.

I've been before and the beer choice was a damn sight more interesting than Doom Bar and Hobgoblin on offer tonight.

Also tend to avoid any place that requires bouncers.

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On 16th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Purple Turtle

So things are trundling on fairly well here., The ludicrous punch bag machine has gone and the ale and cider continue (though not as cheap as they used to be - and was startled to be asked for £4 last week). Quality fairly good at least and there are papers to read in the daytime. If you're crawling RG1 it's worth a nose if you haven't done it before.

April 2014
Late-opening bar, recently refurbished. Huge garden. Has recently installed some startlingly cheap ales (generally from national brewers) alongside the keg and bottles. No sign of the real cider that was reported a few months back though. Has a bit of a reputation these days and Gun Street certainly isn't an area I'd want to be after 11pm (and this place is partly to blame, I think). And having a punch bag machine for the local knuckle-draggers to hone their skills on by the bar (including, in one particular moment, a proper run-up) is hardly helping yourself not to invite trouble. I like the purple frontage though.

On 20th November 2015 - no rating submitted
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Moby Duck left this review about The Purple Turtle

Called in today for the first time expecting the worst, but was reasonably surprised, best described as a music themed bar and fairly empty on my early Friday daytime visit I found five hand pumps and no real usual suspects, I had a pint of XT 15, served in a handled dimple mug ,described as an English IPA and being first pint pulled of the day was in very good condition,there was also a real Cider in the form of Tutts Clump. A single bar set up with wooden floor boards although the middle section did have some carpeting, the walls are adorned with posters of rock stars through the ages and similar memorabilia and artwork, there is as befits the name a lot of purple in evidence. The music theme was continued amusingly by the bar stools being in the shape of bongos and the overhead lighting above the bar in the form of various styles of drums. There is a stage at the far end of the bar and hosts various bands as well as stand up comedy and DJs. A good selection of daily papers are available to read over a pint while sat at one of the tables dotted around the bar. Music was playing unsurprisingly but at a decent level and a pretty good mix from the likes of the very modern, I have no idea what, through the Arctic Monkeys and back to the likes of Pink Floyd The Kinks and Beatles, all good stuff.Signs pointing through a doorway told of a cellar bar and a terrace area ,I didn't get round to investigating these.Although very sedate on my morning visit I am sure its a different beast once darkness descends, aimed at the under 30's I would guess, but on my visit I found it to be fine even being on the wrong side of 50, and no sign of the punchbag mentioned below, perhaps things are on the up,and although not normally the type of place I would look to seek out, I would have no hesitation on a return for a pint in the future, something I wasn't expecting to say before today's visit.

On 6th March 2015 - rating: 7
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dave stray left this review about The Purple Turtle

If you're into loud music and under 25 you may like it here, otherwise you'll probably feel out of place. Especially if you don't drink lager! I did notice the Amstel beer available but not sure what else they stock.

On 11th January 2012 - rating: 5
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