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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 71
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  • 77
    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
Birthday dinner

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Zoe R
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Reading, United Kingdom
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English first
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Great pub with lovely friendly staff and always good meals. The garden area is lovely, with separate smoking and non smoking areas. The food is always a decent size and home cooked,delicious meals! So glad this pub is our local!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This local pub is conveniently located just a few minutes off junction 11 of the m4. It had a decent but of parking area. Inside, though not very large the pub is well kept and the staff very friendly. I had a family member along who had never tried ales. They were kind enough to offer tasters of all their... More 

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Additional Information about The Black Boy

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

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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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