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The Shinfield Arms, Reading

Shinfield Road
Shinfield
Postal town: Reading
RG2 9BP
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Will Larter left this review about The Black Boy

Greene King is renaming three pubs currently called The Black Boy, in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Shinfield, as well as the Black’s Head, in Wirksworth.

The renaming is part of Greene King’s strategy to champion equality and diversity within the company and further support people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Community groups are being notified ahead of an online poll shortly, so they can pick from a list of suggestions for each of the four pubs.
The decision to change the name follows detailed consultation with a range of stakeholders and thorough research of the pubs’ histories.

While the pub name ‘Black Boy’ exists throughout the country, there is not a consensus on its origins and many of those consulted felt the name to be offensive and discriminatory.

Greene King chief executive, Nick Mackenzie, said: “We have looked at pub deeds, consulted with colleagues, and while the origins of these pub names are obscure, what is clear is that there is a perception that they are linked with racism today and we want to make this positive change for the better.

“We know this is a decision that will attract a range of views and we’re conscious of the history and heritage of pub names. We’ve thought long and hard and feel this is the right thing to do. We’re keen to involve local people in this project and look forward to working with them to choose a new and inclusive name for these pubs so they remain at the heart of communities.”

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Moby Duck left this review about The Black Boy

Modernised foody pub, Greene King owned so I was prepared for disappointment on the ale front, it was good prep as the four handpumps offered up GK IPA, Belhaven Grand Slam , Yardbird and the intriguing (not) Black Boy Bitter 3.9 %, I had Guinness. Not a place I plan to return to in a hurry.

On 23rd March 2019 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Black Boy

A huge amount of money has been spent here and it is impressive. There's now a massive rear undercover drinking area with booth seating. GK ales still on and mighty expensive; however the quality is usually pretty good.

November 2012
'Country pub' routine is ruined somewhat by bring slap-bang on the A327 and next to a busy section of the M4. A recent(ish) refit has seen the place go a bit more upmarket though keeping the nice beamed feel. Beer is Greene King, three of their obvious ones (OSH, IPA, Abbot) served fairly well but not really much to retain the interest beyond a pint really. I guess the selling point is the food, which I haven't tried. Trivia: built around ancient wisteria tree located to rear of the pub, believed to be oldest wisteria in the country.

On 29th August 2018 - no rating submitted
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16th Jan 2021, 13:23
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7th May 2020, 13:58
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