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Hope & Bear, Reading

151 London Road
Reading
RG1 5DE
Phone: 01189354095
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Quinno _ left this review about Hope & Bear

Currently being refurbished and rebranded as the Hope & Bear due to open early May.

October 2014
Formerly the student-oriented Upin Arms (and before that the rough-house Jack O' Both Sides), this large pub had a massive contemporary trendy refurb by M&B in late 2010 and has gone all upmarket - the interior is very tidy indeed, if somewhat dim. There's now lots of fancy expensive keg lagers (some quite rare ones too) along with five ales - which are usually well-selected but can be a little variable quality-wise which makes parting with upwards of £3.70 a gamble; get a taster first or go with a half. Service can sometimes be Spoons-esque if the bar is understaffed. Higer-end pub grub is available. With tighter quality control this could be a winner; at the moment it remains an intriguing enigma.

On 23rd April 2018 - no rating submitted
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Moby Duck left this review about Abbot Cook

This place came as a pleasant surprise to me on a chance visit.A little plush and upmarket as Quinno mentions below but had quite a good vibe about the place. Five handpumps That I noticedWith a decent range, one of which was unfortunately Doom bar but the rest were rather more interesting including Hopback Summer Lightening, Sambrooks Lavender Hill, Sharps Cornish Coaster and my choice of Everads Xinngu which was a first and exellent taste of this beer. I liked this place ca lot and will include it in any future trips to the area.

On 15th August 2014 - rating: 7
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I L left this review about Abbot Cook

We were going to soe of the other good pubs not far fom this place but they dont open till mid dy so went for a wander and came across this pub. What a god find as a very smart interior with wood block floor cosy chirs along with various other forms of seating. One long smart barwith a huge amount of beers available including the new Stella Artois Black although we didnt try it as there was a good range of ales including a Cherry Porter from North Peak Brewing Co in Mtchigan, USA on cask! Also a large range of bottled beers from various parts of the world. This is definitely worth visiting if you are into unusual beers. The young barman was friendfly and very knowledable on his beers. They also o berr tasting nights.

On 7th January 2012 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Quinno _
Reading, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Reading, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Reading, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Hope & Bear, Reading
10th Sep 2018, 22:47
Request to remove pub from area Reading University by Quinno _ approved
 
10th Sep 2018, 22:47
Request to remove pub from area Reading University by Quinno _

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 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 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Jazz Sun lunchtimes - last updated 12 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 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 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mon - last updated 12 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
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