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The Cross Keys, Reading

Church Road
Pangbourne
Postal town: Reading
RG8 7AR
Phone: 01189843268
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cross Keys

Seems to have through a few licensees. Now has two or three ales on via Greene King. More foody now and less enticing that it was a few years back.

September 2013
An interesting, low-beamed pub that had a lived-in feel until a recent refurb. Usually two or three Greene King ales on the go. There's a lovely riverside beer garden at the rear and a real fire in the front bar. Probably Pangbourne's best pub.

On 22nd April 2017 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Cross Keys

A lovely old building,well decorated externally in best Farrow and Ball tones.You enter through a low doorway ,to the left are two dining areas with tables set,while the tap room is to the right,with many low beams and a good mix of wooden furniture , a convivial atmosphere and partially flag stoned floor.The highlight is a charming beer garden,with some jumberellas and a covered terrace along the banks of the River Pang,a small but fast flowing tributary to the nearby Thames.
It's a GK tied house with 3 handpumps serving on my trip GK IPA,Old Speckled Hen and a decent Skinners Betty Stogs as the guest ale.
Quite a genuine pub and not dominated by food on my Saturday afternoon visit,just a shame Greene King brew such bland beer,you are dependent on pot luck with the guest if you are looking for a decent pint of real ale.

On 7th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Cross Keys

This has that proper old pub feel straightaway on entering, the log fire burning with the welcoming smell of wood smoke, the low beamed ceiling and the gaggle of locals chatting away in the corner. The floor on entering is boarded but steps down slightly to a stone flagged area. Seating is traditional, with rectangular wooden tables and the round three legged Britannia type. Seating is a mixture of standard backed chairs, small stools and upholstered benches. Wood panelled walls with some exposed brickwork.
Two interconnected side rooms feel a bit more modern, the furthermost is set up as a formal dining area.
An outdoor terrace to the rear backs onto the River Pang. There is a large shed out here with tables and seating and the rugby commentary playing even if there is no TV here or inside!
The beer choice was restricted to GK products, IPA, Westgate Hare Raiser and Ruddles Best Bitter. A number of beer mats on a beam would suggest a guest ale policy but not yesterday it seems. I asked for some cashew nuts which were served in a little white bowl.
Quiz night advertised on a Thursday.

On 14th March 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Quinno _
Pangbourne, 0.26 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Tilehurst, 3.19 miles, 1 hr 1 min walk (show)
Goring & Streatley, 3.95 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cross Keys, Pangbourne
22nd Apr 2017, 17:04
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
7th Aug 2016, 18:58
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • 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 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 September 2015 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 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 May 2014 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 27 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursday - last updated 14 March 2010 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
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