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The King Charles Tavern, Newbury Central, Newbury

54 Cheap Street
Newbury
RG14 5BX
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Quinno _ left this review about The King Charles Tavern

Have popped in a few times in the interim and generally the beer has been pretty good. Seems to be quite popular these days too (which may explain the former!). It’s by the train station and really should be a default visit as the first or last. 7.5

September 2015
Well after the unbridled optimism of February, down to earth with a bump. Our group sampled a wide range of the ales and all bar one were substandard. Hmm – I really hope this was a blip on a scorching hot afternoon. Rated 6

Feb 2015
Refurb alert! And quite good too. Has been stripped back a bit, tidied-up and given a splash of green paint in places, along with some undressed brick walls and new wood flooring. Look upwards and you see a map on the ceiling of old Newbury – nice. Seven pumps, with five on and two off. Sampled a good half of Oakham Citra and Butts Barbus (it's a Greene King 'local heroes' pub). Quite a young and upmarket clientele, a far cry from the previous occupants. Pretty good and with the opening of the Cow & Cask, plus the emergence of the Catherine Wheel from the ashes of the Jack, Newbury town centre has – in a short space of time – gone from beer desert to respectable crawl territory. Rated 7

April 2014
I heard on the Grapevine that this place has been selected for GBG 2015 so decided to pop in to see if I’d missed something last year. I hadn’t, it’s pretty much the same! Just two ales on, GK IPA and St Austell Proper Job which in fairness was pretty good. Beer festival advertised though it looked very corporate I suspect it's similar to Spoons eg just some slightly more interesting ales on the pumps over a fortnight. Fairly quiet, a bit of animated (and interesting) football chat at the bar. Small selection of papers spotted. I don't really rate the place over others in town, but it's the nearest pub to the station so worth a stop on that basis seeing as the beer’s decent. Rated 6

June 2013
Fitted a very swift one in before the train here. Three ales (GK IPA, Abbot and Hooky Lion). The Hooky was in good shape if slightly cloudy. Layout is two rooms with some crude knock-through in the bar area, bare boarded (not even varnished) throughout. Slightly more upmarket punter profile than some of the other Newbury pubs though that’s not difficult to achieve. Quarter-length whitewashed wood panelling and red walls. Mish-mash of seating including some off-white sofas that looked like they’d been salvaged. Again, a bit rough and ready to the average punter. The lone barman was like the Scarlet Pimpernel, people were seeking him here and seeking him there. Coffee was advertised but I saw no sign of a machine, perhaps it’s Maxwell House? Anyway it was an OK stop and could probably do well with a re-think of the internal décor. It certainly didn’t seem to be the bistro-style that OB encountered. Rated 5

On 15th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about The King Charles Tavern

A traditional town boozer which has undergone the Greene King refurb leaving it reaching for the modern and clad with varying shades of grey on the walls.
No shades of grey on the GK ale and that was studiously avoided which was perfectly possible as they stock a decent number of guests. Available on our visit were: Greene King Doosra and Back of the Net, King Charles Finest Ale, possibly GK again, Skinners Cornish Knocker, WBB Good Old Boy, Tring Pale +Four and Black Wolf ROK, which was ok.
Service was friendly and efficient but there isn't enough of interest to make the place a destination although worth stopping by to see what they have on.

On 4th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The King Charles Tavern

A modest sized Greene King house that thankfully offers a wide variety of guest ales.The front door leads you straight up to the smallest serving part of the three sided bar,but step to the left and examine the selection chalk board,or wander around clocking the 8 handpumps dotted around the bar.The interior has modern decor,with a jumble of furniture ,possibly too may sofas and pooves with much cheap pine along with some fine sturdy older furniture.It's trying hard to be hip without succeeding,but there is a decent fireplace in the largest section.
On my trip the GK dross was Doosra,King Charles house beer and Back of the Net,while the guests consisted of Black Wolf Rok,West Berks Good Old Boy,Skinners Cornish Knocker,Penpoint Creation and a decent Tring Pale+ Four which seemed the best option.
We were discussing the demerits of West Berks Brewery ales when a gentleman described as the village idiot after he left felt duty bound to intervene in our discussion in an aggressive manner,indicating we were dissing his area of birth.He claimed not to be a beer drinker,or maybe too many pints of Good Old Boy had put him off ale permanently,which was the nub of our discussion.
A lot of real ale doesn't always add up to a quality selection ,although this is a safe bet in town I wasn't inspired.

On 16th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Old Boots
Newbury, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Newbury Racecourse, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Thatcham, 3.82 miles, 1 hr 13 min walk (show)
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29th Dec 2018, 21:45
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
30th Jul 2018, 17:20
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - very small - more a smoking area - last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10p per pint - last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Not Monday - last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 13 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 December 2018 by Quinno _
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