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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
01189883116
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Sunday Roast

First came here for a Sunday roast in December 2014 and was pleasantly surprised. With so many pub-restaurants serving roasts note and the default setting being average, it's always nice to find somewhere that does one a little better, and this certainly was. We've been back on a couple of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Mark B
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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English first
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This was our second recent visit to the Black Boy. We visited mid week at about 1:30 without reservation. It was pleasantly busy, we were able to park close to the rear entrance which was handy for a disabled person in the pouring rain. We were made to feel very welcome and didn't have to wait long for an excellent... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

First came here for a Sunday roast in December 2014 and was pleasantly surprised. With so many pub-restaurants serving roasts note and the default setting being average, it's always nice to find somewhere that does one a little better, and this certainly was. We've been back on a couple of occasions for different meals and the food has always been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Nice food. Good service. Have been before and always good. Would recommend but its very busy for sunday lunch so need to book / get there early :-)

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I visited the Black Boy last night for a birthday meal with family. I chose the Black Boy because it seemed (from browsing the menu online) to cater to all of my fussy guests' needs, and it delivered. The food went down very well with everyone at the table - my chicken and bacon pasta was delicious and I would... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Friendly service from beginning to end, fantastic atmosphere, amazing food, reasonable costs, happy to go above & beyond the call of duty to make your experience more pleasurable.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I met with a friend here for lunch and a couple of drinks as she comes here with her dog, the food was lovely and the service was quick and the staff friendly, lovely to sit in the courtyard out the back in the sunshine but about 50 people all came in for a lunch time drink all from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Met a friend for a quick lunch with a drink and a chat. Food was good, friendly staff and comfortable interior.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Black Boy is more then just a pub and if you go for yourself you will see what i mean. The grub is super and the service is always friendly and helpful. It can get very busy mid lunch times and around 6.30 so if you need a table best book. Its a god choice for a pint, to... More 

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This gastro pub fitted us in at short notice and apologised that we would not be in the main restaurant! They prepared a table complete with high chair in a discreet corner of the bar. The food was absolutely amazing with decent sized portions. Service very good. Excellent selection of ales and lagers. Pricing was very competitive. We will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Needed to meet friends at a suitable location around here and this came up. If you don't want the garbage that M Way Services dish up, then this is very well worth a few minutes drive off the M4. Its a large place and plenty of room to sit outside on a nice day. There is a good choice of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: 01189883116

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?