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The Griffin, Reading

12 Church Road
Caversham
Postal town: Reading
RG4 7AD
Phone: 01189475018
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Pub Type

Chef & Brewer (Spirit Pubs)

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Quinno _ left this review about The Griffin

Long-serving licensee Ann-Marie has gone. Still a good ale range but quality a bit more hit-and-miss these days. A fire a few months back mean that the interior has had a refurb, a bit lighter than before and maybe a bit less of the homely feel. Worth seeing what's on but generally expect larger national brands (only Binghams Twyford Tipple not fitting that description the other day).

May 2013
Chef and Brewer foody place that nonetheless has a bit of character and usually four to five ales in fairly good nick (Courage Best and Directors, Adnams and Bombardier usually feature alongside a guest). There's a pleasant outside rear area for smokers. It's a popular destination and gets very busy later on in the week.

On 24th August 2016 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Griffin

In my experience the traffic in Reading is bad enough at the best of times, so throw into that Henley Regatta and the week long graduation ceremonies of the town’s university and you have all the reasons you need to stay away. So when finally finding myself somehow misdirected and heading out of town across Caversham bridge whilst trying to find a decent place to eat, I wasn’t going to turn round and try and make it back in, and this is the first place you come to across the bridge that looks like a half decent pub.
And as reported below, unlike a lot of the gastro abominations that make up the Chef & Brewer chain, The Griffin is actually quite a good traditional pub. Although it clearly focusses on food, with your usual C&B menu available, it’s not in your face, and the many different traditional wood décor separate seating areas around the main central bar are all comfortable enough just to sit and have a pint.
Five real ales on two banks of pumps on the L shaped bar and although four were the same uninspiring options also reported below (Courage Best and Directors, Adnams Broadside and Bombardier) the available guest was a very passable pint of Otter Amber. And along with some decent meal options off the menu this place certainly hit the spot for the required food stop with a decent pint. Would not hesitate to use it again for that reason when next in the area.

On 8th July 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Quinno _
Reading, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Griffin, Caversham
13th Dec 2017, 20:51
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13th Dec 2017, 20:51
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 09 January 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 August 2016 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday9am - 10:30pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - Midnight
Saturday9am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: June 19th 2018
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