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The Hop Leaf, Reading Central, Reading

163 Southampton Street
Reading
RG1 2QZ
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Hop Leaf

Had the place to myself at 7pm on a Monday Night.

Decent pub - in the Good Beer Guide. Most of the beers were from the Hop Back brewery. Ever going against the grain, I went for a New Forest Ale from Downton Brewery.

Missed the Pinball machine!

Decent visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2i4SbeS

On 16th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Hop Leaf

The Hop Leaf continues to be one of Reading's premier boozers and is well-worth the walk up the hill from town. There's now also a pinball machine in addition to an A1 Bar Billiards table and darts. The guest beers have finally been reinstated (blame Mr Gilberts for their loss originally!) with the likes of Titanic Mild, Downton Choc Orange and Black Country Pig on the Wall over recent weeks. Excellent.

May 2013
Many moons have passed since my inaugural visit in 2006 and I am pleased say that Surly Woman was moved on shortly afterwards! The licensees who have been in place since have built things back up and the installation of new lines last year has helped keep the beer cool on hot days (of which there seem to be many here). The inexpensive Hop Back beer (5 plus a couple of guests from Downton/White Horse/Two Bridges) is good. Darts board and Bar Billiards table often in use and a warm community atmosphere inside. Now also serves two real ciders (Westons Scrumpy and Old Rosie) plus a Perry (Westons again). Also check out the heat-based range of bar snacks. Daily papers also available. Music is ROCK from the landlord's ipod. One of my favourites in Reading, worth the short walk from the town centre.

20 September 2006
The start of our Reading pub crawl last Saturday. Got there 5 minutes before opening. A surly-looking woman opens the door bang on 12 and looks rather disappointed to see paying customers, eager for (as I have been hyping it up to my mate) a quality Hop Back brew. Go in, pat resident cat on the head, order two GFB's and sit down. Surly Woman disappears out the back, shouts "get out of the f*ckin way" and boots the poor moggy into the middle of next week, judging by the unholy howl it emits. Surly Woman returns 5 minutes later with sandwiches, sits at the end of the bar scowling at her platter and ignores us (which was a shame as we were debating the ins and outs of mystery shopping, a subject I am sure she could have contributed to) until we finish and leave.

On 3rd August 2015 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Hop Leaf

The Hop leaf is an L shaped Hop Back Brewery run pub with a bar that supports seven hand pumps. During my Saturday afternoon visit a couple of weeks ago one of the hand pumps was unused leaving Downton Brewery’s Ed’s American Red and four hop back beers as the ale options alongside Old Rosie as the cask cider option. I’m not a massive fan of Hop back beers so I went for the Downton which was very nice.
There is a dartboard, a pinball machine and a bar billiards table where I was left ‘dormant’ by the captain’s ‘masterclass’. I should have stuck to topping up my tan on one of the three picnic tables out the front.

This is a decent pub that is worthy of a revisit.

On 22nd July 2013 - rating: 8
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Oct - last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - rugby - last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes - and perry too - last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
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