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The Crispin, Wokingham

45 Denmark Street
RG40 2AY

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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Crispin

Small trad boozer with good ale

On 2nd November 2020 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Crispin

Some basic TLC has happened here and it is a far nicer experience to have a pint in than was, though more work remains to be done. Five ales on and a good range across the pumps, mainly local ales. Good halves of Stardust chugged by me and my fellow crawler. Upped a point.

February 2015
Seemingly cycling through licensees like socks, the latest incumbent seems to have improved things a bit. Three local ales on the other day (2x Loddon and Hogs Back) all in good nick. The unplayable BB table has gone. The place desperately needs some investment – the carpet is literally down to the black underlay in places and the garden is still a morass. Could and should be a destination venue. Rated 6

Oct 2013
Despite a bit of smartening up since my last visit the place still feels a bit down-at-heel and the smell of damp lingers. Even its selling point - a rare Wokingham grassed beer garden - was neglected. Three ales on, all local - Loddon Hoppit, West Berks GOB and Vale Bitter. My Vale was poor and served in a dirty glass, the only saving grace was that it was £1.25 for a half. I spotted a bar billiards (poor table placement, with one side against a wall), darts, crib and shut the box. The jukebox appeared to be turned off. I’d struggle to garner much enthusiasm for an imminent return which is a shame; it should be one of Wokingham’s best pubs. Rated 5

March 2010
A small, low-ceilinged single room pub that has had a turbulent few years but now seems to be getting back on its feet. Usually offers three ales in a decent state of service, with at least one LocAle on the go. There is an outside garden that needs some work doing to it – it’s a bit bald and dilapidated but could be a really nice summer destination with some TLC. Claims to be the oldest pub in the town and the interior does little to dispel that idea. Dartboard and quiz machine available, plus a real fire. A very male-dominated atmosphere which might put the ladies off – if indeed there are any customers in, previous licensees seem to have driven away a large chunk of the old regulars. Worth popping in at present to see what’s on. Rated 6

On 1st November 2018 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Crispin

Good Beer Guide Entry - so I suppose I was a little underwhelmed that my Hogsback Tea was slightly metallic and near frothless once a third had been consumed.

Pub was my sort of place (apart from the flags). Old School, plenty of distractions - not least a library of GBG Books.

Would give it the benefit of the doubt and be prepared to try again.

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On 17th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Crispin

A small traditional with several walkthrough drinking areas,low ceilinged with black beams and posts.There were five handpumps in total, all in use and providing a mixed bag of beer, Doom Bar, Hogsback TEA, Loddon Hoppit and two from Binghams, an excellent Vanilla Stout and V Old Ale.
Certainly one of the better pubs in town and worth a 7.5 rating.

On 9th December 2016 - rating: 7
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