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The Bell Inn, Reading

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Bell Lane
Aldworth
Postal town: Reading
RG8 9SE
Phone: 01635578272
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bell Inn

A real gem, which ticks lots of boxes:

-the unspoilt multi-roomed interior (it's a CAMRA heritage pub) where the beer is dispensed from a central booth with sliding windows, a real open fire and the tables which are inside the old bread ovens built into the wall.

-the ale range. Five local beers from West Berkshire and Arkells (always offering a mild) which are served in pint pots as standard. Real cider is available from Uptons and there’s no draught lager.

-the simple food selection which is basic but tasty, with posh hot rolls (duck and orange pate/Ox tongue, anyone?) and some other larger dishes.

-the service. The Bell has been overseen by generations of the same family for the past 200-odd years. Service is always friendly, even when busy.

-the atmosphere. No mobile phones. No music. No electronics. No pool table. Just chat (and darts when not too packed).

-the great outdoors. A nice garden and an outside gents pissoir with almost no roof, nicknamed the Planetarium.

There aren’t many ‘visit before you die’ pubs but this is most certainly one. Close to perfect and delivers every time.

On 22nd April 2017 - rating: 10
[User has posted 3757 recommendations about 3745 pubs]


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Peter Jillings left this review about The Bell

A quintessential village pub, can get busy.

On 23rd February 2014 - rating: 10
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train man left this review about The Bell Inn

A bit of a hike away from our Goring starting point, but once I read in GPG that it was 14c, run by same family for 200yrs, and served NO draught lager it just had to be done. Original & authentic, displays an award for ‘most unchanged pub'. Bar is a servery with one window to a narrow L-shaped room the long side of which was filled with drinkers seated in recesses which looked rather like fireplaces, the other ‘hatch' is to a corridor across which is a slightly larger room with seating, a dartboard, & displaying old pumpclips, many from West Berkshire brewery whose beer featured at the bar on Sat. Leaping Lord & Maggs Mild, Arkells BBB, plus another whose name I forget but which was delicious. Outside gents, large beer garden and fields beyond, one of which will be the cricket pitch when mown in summer. Well worth the detour, and thanks to Murdocks taxi for the timely service from Goring & back.

On 3rd December 2007 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 411 recommendations about 410 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Quinno _
Goring & Streatley, 3.41 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
Cholsey, 5.37 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
Pangbourne, 6.41 miles, 2 hr 3 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bell Inn, Aldworth
16th Sep 2017, 18:05
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No - but lots of rolls and ploughmans! - last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Quinno _
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Last inspected: March 8th 2018
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