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The Lyndhurst, Reading

88 Queens Road
Reading
RG1 4DG
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Lyndhurst

This is a good-sized pub and kitchen in a striking but neglected looking building on the fringes of the town centre. The peeling paintwork and cracked window panes didn’t make this feel like a vary appealing prospect on approach, but once inside, things aren’t anywhere near so bad, perhaps only really suffering from a load of very outdated fixtures and fittings. The pub has a single room interior in a shallow but wide layout, with scuffed floorboards through the main part of the room and a quarry stone floor to the far left and around the servery. A mix of pew and chair seating runs down the front wall, beneath a row of windows that look out to a busy junction. Elsewhere, a few small tables and chairs can be found nearer the bar, each arranged between a row of support pillars, whilst there are high tables and stools to the right and two leather sofas beneath a large mirror at the far left end of the room. The servery occupies much of the back wall and has a wood panelled counter front with a nice rectangular framing pattern along its length. Someone has started to paint pictures of cocktails in these ‘frames’, but seemingly lost their enthusiasm for the project after painting the first three, leaving five of the frames empty. A bare brick and mirrored bar back beneath a rather clunky looking gantry round things out here and there are boards all around the room promoting food offers and other such deals. Décor throughout is surprisingly limited, although I did notice one very nice partitioning screen with the pub’s name etched in the glasswork – a totally redundant feature in a room that has been opened out so much, but still a nice feature nonetheless. A great, nostalgic Britpop soundtrack was playing and this, combined with the pub’s dated look, made me feel like I was in one of my old student haunts from the late 90’s.
I was greeted by a very friendly barman who had a good chat whilst pouring me a decent drop of West Berkshire Good Old Boy – one of two cask ales available alongside Black Sheep Pale, with a third hand pump unclipped. There were very few other customers in on a Saturday afternoon – one couple sat near the entrance, and four girlfriends having lunch opposite the bar – so things felt pretty flat which wasn’t helped by the large open space.
This place really could do with a bit of loving to get it up to scratch and make you want to return. There are a few promising signs, such as the decent beer and friendly service, but first time visitors aren’t likely to be impressed with the dated interior, assuming they made it inside and weren’t put of by the crumbling façade. I’m glad I popped in and quite enjoyed my time here, but have no interest in returning when there are plenty more pubs around town doing all this much better.

On 7th January 2022 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Lyndhurst

I like the look of this pub as I passed on the bus but found it pretty basic inside. West Berks -good old boy and Wye Vale -hpa on cask.Two brown beers in decent condition.

On 22nd February 2020 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Lyndhurst

Re-opened after a period of closure. A bit of a freshening up inside if a bit bland. Ale selection fairly interesting and quality is holding up. West Berks, Twickenham, Purity, Ringwood all featured lately. Worth calling in. Dodgy mark-up on halves seems to have gone. Worth looking in.

March 2015
Previous licensee did one at short notice. New people in, usually at least one local ale plus 3-4 others. Beware the ludicrous mark-up on halves.

Nov 2013
The lease has been sold and there are new people in charge. Keeping up with the ale, quality was a little inconsistent at first but has been improving with some eclectic choices available (Ballards Mild and Old Peculiar have cropped up a few times). There is now a proper cider available - Tutts Clump. The blood-red gents loos have been painted over rather badly, which is a shame. Still, worth a look at present (the pub that is).

June 2011
An enjoyable bar that is aimed at professionals and upmarket students, one of three owned by the Spirit House in Reading. It's fairly small (an unusual case of the pub actually being smaller inside than the outside suggests) and quite cosy. Usually four ales on the go, with a relatively eclectic mix offered. Quality is usually quite high, though they're not beyond the odd duff one if management aren't around and ale sales drop off in the summer somewhat. The pub does food, that gets a good review from my more upmarket friends. Candles on the table, if that floats your boat. A good winter pub.

On 22nd April 2017 - no rating submitted
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Reading, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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7th Jan 2022, 17:11
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
22nd Feb 2020, 20:09
Review submitted by john gray amended by john gray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
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  • Car Park : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
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