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The Alehouse, Reading Central, Reading

2 Broad Street
Reading
RG1 2BH
Phone: 01189508119
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Alehouse

Fine beer house - unchanged (apart from names) since when it was the Hobgoblin.

Mr Chubbs Lunchtime bitter seems to be a resident here, and I do like it.

Worth seeking out.

On 16th August 2017 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Alehouse

A well reviewed, traditional town pub which seemed little changed from my last visit, when it was The Hobgoblin, some twenty years previous.
The place is very small and very woody and, on our Friday evening visit, very full.
Beers on were: Dancing Duck Wot the Duck, Indigenous Double Warp, WBB Maggs Magnificent Mild and Dr Hexters Healer, Oakleaf Hole Hearted and Derventio Cleopatra. Everything tried was reported to be in decent shape and it's a wide selection although nothing immediately jumped out and demanded to be drunk.
It's atmospheric and stocks a good beer selection. Two good reasons for a revisit.

On 4th August 2016 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Alehouse

UPDATE - Kat the landlady left in September. There's a new incumbent but most of the original staff and cellaring team remain and there's no obvious changes, bar a sprucing-up of the passageway to the loos which now has a roof. So amen to that.

July 2013
The Alehouse finds the same ethos and staff as the old Hob, except the walls have been painted, the floor polished and buffed and new signage outside. Nearly all the old pump clips are scrubbed and back up on the walls. Other than that, service as normal. Even the mead.

(as Hobgoblin)
Formerly called the London Inn, this is a teeny pub (with some little wood-clad booths further back) serving 8 real ales (3 from West Berks and 5 others, from around the UK) in excellent shape. The West Berks beers are usually around the £3-£3.30, the guests can vary from £3-£3.80. There's also lots of well-sourced cider and perry, as well as mead! Conversation can often be robust and the clientèle are a fairly unique bunch, as are the large hairy bar staff (male ones, anyway). Hundreds of pump clips from beers previously served adorn every available surface. On busy days the punters spill outside with their glasses which always makes for an interesting contrast with the entrance to the Oracle opposite. Landlady Kat is doing an admirable job under difficult circumstances. A definite 'must' on a crawl of RG1.

On 16th January 2015 - no rating submitted
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No - although it is pretty small! - last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - First Mon of month - last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 02 September 2014 by Quinno _
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