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Submitted on Monday, 1st October 2012
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Requested be closed with reason - Other: looking for new tenants, old ones binned off after locals complained about noise and late nights.

The Royal, Reading

2 Bedford Road
Reading
RG1 7HS
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Quinno _ left this review about The Royal

Despite the 'real ales' sign outside there are none and no handpumps either (one to to complain to the local trading standards about). Fairly dark and dingy inside and caters to a strange mix of Afro Caribbean and Poles. Two halves of Kroney sufficed. Noted a BBQ being prepped.

Feb 2013
Has re-opened as The Royal. Cask ale was advertised, available for a month and has subsequently disappeared. Freehold of the building is up for sale if anyone has a spare £325k and fancies competing with the Nags. You'd certainly get a decent amount of spillover custom if you follow a similar formula...

October 2011 - as Gospoda
Previously a right old rough-house called the Battle Inn (how apt) this place got taken over Admiral a few years back and has gone for an interesting take - a Polish themed pub, aimed at Poles but anyone is welcome. The interior (and now, exterior) has had a fair chunk of investment and looks good. The last time I went in I was a bit disappointed that there were only the same Polish bottles that I could find at any other corner shop on the Oxford Road, alongside classic low-grade stuff like Fosters. The food looked and smelled delicious - hearty Polish cuisine, apparently, so may well be worth going in solely for that if you're hungry and in the Nags Head...I aim to try some myself soon.

On 3rd August 2015 - no rating submitted
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Old Boots left this review about The Royal

Formerly a Polish pub called Gospoda, I never visited it in that guise but something of the eastern bloc still lingers in this open plan bar. The white walls with only prosaic pictures and posters as decor with a laminate floor give that slightly desolate look, although to the right is an area of comfortable sofas. There is a central bandit and a smell of paint, the ceiling round the counter is held up by some plain iron columns. I was served with half a lager by an emaciated barmaid of uncertain age, there are three handpumps and one even had a clip, a Timothy Taylors one but reversed. I suspect if you're twenty something it might be OK after a few beers and after dark.

On 19th July 2013 - no rating submitted
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dave stray left this review about Gospoda

Pretty good polish bar type place, no ale but usual selection of lager type drinks. Worth a visit.

On 8th January 2012 - rating: 8
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Latest updates View all updates for The Royal, Reading
9th Dec 2015, 12:18
Request to mark pub as closed by Quinno _ approved
 
9th Dec 2015, 12:18
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Quinno _, with included notes: Other: looking for new tenants, old ones binned off after locals complained about noise and late nights.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 13 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 August 2015 by Quinno _
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