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The Bell, Reading

The Street
Waltham St. Lawrence
Postal town: Reading
RG10 0JJ
Phone: 01189341788
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bell

Up there with the Bell at Aldworth as a 'quintessential English country pub' the Bell delivers five good quality ales from local/unusual breweries on a regular basis along with a good selection of cider and perry. The pub itself is a pretty ancient affair (various dates are claimed but it certainly seems to be over 250 years old) and subdivides into three rooms - the main bar, a right hand-side drinking area and a relatively new area up a couple of steps to the left, which has a more modern ambience (plus a well shaft which the curious can peer down). There's a decent garden area out the back too. Apparently the interior is CAMRA heritage-listed. Those of you with a keen eye may have spotted its exterior on an episode of Jeeves & Wooster. Food is available (I've never sampled, too expensive for me) and cheaper-priced bar snacks are available - the pork pie and chutney is good. Dogs are more than welcomed, they are thoroughly encouraged. There's certainly a lot of the green welly brigade that frequent the place - up to you whether you think they're your kind of people or not. The atmosphere is usually quite bustling - there's no electronic distractions here - just chatter and banter. My only real gripe is that bar access is severely restricted because of the layout and barflys - it's not uncommon to see a queue snaking out from the only point of access away from the bar and round the back of the tables which is off-putting. Otherwise, this is a classic and deserves a visit from all discerning pub enthusiasts.

On 29th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Quinno _
Twyford, 3.06 miles, 58 min walk (show)
Wargrave, 3.44 miles, 1 hr 6 min walk (show)
Shiplake, 9.03 miles, 2 hr 54 min walk (show)
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11th Feb 2020, 23:13
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11th Feb 2020, 21:36
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 06 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes - and occasional perry - last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
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