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The Blagrave Arms, Reading Central, Reading

35 Blagrave Street
Reading
RG1 1PW
Phone: 01189586775
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Blagrave Arms

Swish upmarket bar, tastefully decorated in black and pale blue with candles and chandeliers, presumably aimed at the gay community but providing a welcome change from the usual circuit pubs down the road. Had three interesting ales on pump at time of visit, from Binghams, Hammerpot and Sherfield, however the sampled Hammerpot Double Helix was rather gassy - either needed better venting or might even have been on a cask breather.

On 23rd June 2018 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Blagrave Arms

Usually a couple of local ales on, but quality can be pretty hit or miss.

August 2013
Re-opened as a gay-friendly venue and a thorough internal makeover, white paint, black trim and quite well-done. Even the toilets don't smell now! Two ales, often local and often awful. Hogs Back cider which apparently is a Thatcher's re-badge and isn't 'real' according to my cider-swilling friend. If you go in here with another bloke you get complimentary olives and nuts sped to your table. Maybe sort the beer out first, eh?

Oct 2012
Well Sam has gone, unfortunately he and the PubCo could not agree terms for a licence extension. A real shame as he'd turned this into a destination ale venue. New owners are rather at sea with ale selection and quality, but there is a more local slant emerging.

October 2011
The former Whitley Fight Club is now under new and improved ownership. Sam has made a big effort to turn the place round and back into a proper pub - "no screens or machines" declares the A-board. There are now four real ales (usually two or three local beers) and the quality of them becoming increasingly top-notch. Daily newspapers are available, along with rather nice rolls (£2 - though you can bring your own food from the local takeaways if you want). A dartboard is now up. Watch out for the pub dog, Ralph. There's still some distance left to go (the toilets, for example) but this is fast becoming a regular visit for me. And it's also very handy for the side entrance of Reading BR. Check it out.

On 20th June 2017 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Blagrave Arms

Chance would have it that I visited the Blagrave Arms a couple of times on Saturday last weekend. The first time was just before lunch when I found myself to be the only customer. The second time was early evening when there were a couple of bouncers on the door and the pub wasn’t much busier.
I used to work in the offices opposite circa 2001 and remember this place being a bit of a dive. It now has the feel of a trendy bar with black leather (?) furniture and black tables. There are also a couple of black high tables and the bar stools are also black. There are a couple of framed plasma screens that were showing muted BBC 24 News, I cannot recall if these were on during my evening visit. During my lunchtime visit there was some depressing background music playing.
The bar is stocked with premium draught products and the two hand pumps were drawing Hogs Back Brewery’s T.E.A and Vale Brewery’s Metroland. Food is available and all of the mains are priced under £10.

I found this to be a characterless bar and I do not plan a return visit anytime soon.

On 21st July 2013 - rating: 5
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Reading, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blagrave Arms, Reading
23rd Jun 2018, 15:38
Review submitted by Graham Coombs amended by Graham Coombs
 
23rd Jun 2018, 15:34
Review submitted by Graham Coombs

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No 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 _
  • Darts : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 June 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 12 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 June 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 June 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • 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 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
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