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The Rifle Volunteer, Emmbrook, Wokingham

141 Reading Road
RG41 1HD
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Rifle Volunteer

This pub is situated on the northern outskirts of Wokingham towards Winnersh and the M4. It is a locals' pub, with a single square bar. A couple of mirrors - Courage & Fuller's gave some clues to its origins, but left you guessing.

A range of 4 ales gave rise to optimism, with the regulars Fuller's London Pride & Sharp's Doom Bar joined by guests Stardust Optic & Arkell's Hoperation. We asked the landlord/barman what style of beer the guests were. But he couldn't tell us, as apparently he didn't drink them. A quick look around the room proved that turnover may not be that great, with most people on lagers or soft drinks.

Both beers tasted ok. Further reading revealed that both were supposed to be hoppy, but instead they both had a caramel taste. I can normally tell a beer that is off or poured through dirty lines, but these two had me uncertain.

A friendly enough local, but with a questionable ale quality, which may explain why it hasn't featured in the Good Beer Guide since 2010!

On 5th October 2021 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about Rifle Volunteer

A good example of an enjoyable community local, about 15-20 minutes walk away from Wokingham train station. Three handpulls on (Pride, Courage Best and a leftfield guest) in decent nick. The interior is a single room, with a no-frills feel (albeit dated!) but light and airy. Clientèle were mainly 40+ locals, a few of whom are a bit gruff but perfectly harmless. Pub has an active darts team and Fantasy Football League as well as newspaper rack, which is a nice touch. Sports TV available. Serves simple food which keeps the old fellas happy. Has a kids play area out the back.

No world-beater, but a very solid local - I like it.

On 26th May 2011 - rating: 7
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Wokingham, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Winnersh, 1.34 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Winnersh Triangle, 2.19 miles, 42 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Rifle Volunteer, Wokingham
5th Oct 2021, 14:43
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
12th Jun 2013, 15:13
Request to add pub to area Emmbrook by ROB Camra approved

Pub Details

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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