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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
441189883116
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 am
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Christmas Meal at the Black Boy

We went to the Black Boy for our staff Christmas meal in December and were very happy with both the atmosphere and the overall quality of the food. The food was fine and good value if a little unimaginative, but what do you want at Christmas, we had a great night and will be back next year.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Tony L
via mobile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Black Boy for our staff Christmas meal in December and were very happy with both the atmosphere and the overall quality of the food. The food was fine and good value if a little unimaginative, but what do you want at Christmas, we had a great night and will be back next year.

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Thank Tony L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have visited numerous times over the past few years & always had good food. It does get a bit noisy when busy which it usually is even mid-week. Good parking front & rear of pub

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Thank hildenley
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a few days in advance and had to make some changes to number last minute, this wasn't a problem. We were given a nice table in the window, service was quick and efficient. It is reassuring to find a restaurant service flavorsome, simple and fresh food in a pleasant surrounding with service staff who are willing to have a... More 

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Thank Peter H
Three Mile Cross
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited a few times before & experienced a good food offering decided to book again for the wife's birthday. Unfortunately the booking experience was less than hospitable or friendly!! Having rung on 3 occasions a least a week before at various times of the day and just getting an answer machine I sent an email re a booking a... More 

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Thank CGW4559
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked table for restaurant. Given a small table in bar. Sat for 20mins waiting for service. In the end approached member of staff to be told tables in bar area are self service. Explained we booked restaurant and not bar. No apology nothing. Just told she would serve us this one time. As if she was doing us the favour!!!Attitude... More 

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Thank Karen B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday lunch in a large group. Good service and food. Busy so looks like a local favourite. Only downside on the roast was the potatoes, but other than that great.

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Thank Westons2009
Reading, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here before and it was so much better than this evening. Hmm to start well the soup was very acidic almost like a can of Heinz what the chef had added to which messed up the balance so not good. Then the main well chips over cooked and no way home made if they are I want... More 

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Thank Baldoneiscrazy
Caversham Reading
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very busy but the service was very good. Make sure you book. The choice of food was great for lunchtime, with specials, baguettes to full lunch menu. All 5 of us ladies were happy with our choices. Very good value for money. As we used the restaurant in December we had a voucher which was for 25% off. Even better!

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Thank jetCavershamReading
London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is ok. Sometimes it's excellent and sometimes it's average at best. Two members of staff are lovely and very chatty, they were behind the bar. A woman who works there (I think she's the manager) looks like she's been slapped in the face with a wet fish! Scowling at customers and the only time she cracked a smile... More 

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1 Thank Laurencobb85
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

I visit here regularly with my husband or family. Always great service and excellent food. This visit was on Christmas Eve, it was extremely busy, however, the service and quality of food remained as great as always. I ordered the fillet steak for the first time here and it was cooked perfectly, the presentation was also really good. My husband... 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: 441189883116

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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