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Great Expectations, Reading Central, Reading

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33 London Street
Reading
RG1 4PS
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Moby Duck left this review about Great Expectations

An interesting interior with a Dickensian theme complete with false Victorian Shop fronts behind which are a couple of seating areas and in one a pool table.On the bar were a total of 9 pumps with five in action on my mid week visit, all from its own in house micro Brewery (Dickens Brewery), beers were Mr Bumble,Sikes,Chuzzlewits Wheatbeer,Artful Dodger and Old Curiosity. I went for the Mr Bumble which although in decent condition I found to be a rather unremarkable Golden Beer. Quinno was spot on in his review regarding clueless staff, taking about 15 pulls to pour my pint the guy behind the bar informed me the gas is playing up,I didn't question his knowledge on this point although he offered the same excuse to a further couple of customers departing to the cellar at one point to "check the gas" I don't know what he found but I expect an empty barrel, he ended up turning the clip around. Despite this incompetence I feel this pub and its beers deserves further investigation.

On 26th August 2015 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Great Expectations

Place now has its own microbrewery and has had a mild refurb. Ale quality varies wildly - the brewer can knock out a fair beer but the staff are clueless as to cellar management (as well as general pub chores, rarely cleaning empties from tables etc). Could be essential in RG1 but isn't.

September 2013
Large Dickensian themed bar, which has been kitted out in a fairly interesting manner - library section, lounge and slate-floored bar. Sadly beer choice and quality is pretty ropey; this could and should be a real destination. Worth a visit for the interior or if you're pre-loading before the After Dark...

On 3rd August 2015 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Quinno _
Reading, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Great Expectations, Reading
26th Aug 2015, 12:40
Review submitted by Moby Duck
 
3rd Aug 2015, 21:07
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
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