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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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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

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    Very good
  • 17
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

I met with friends at The Black Boy this evening & had a fantastic meal. This is the first time I have been to The Black Boy & I shall certainly be going back. I had the BBQ ribs to start - they were so tender they fell off the bone, followed by the scrumptious duck & bacon salad. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Laura S
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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149 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were passing nearby to the Black Boy and thought of popping in for mid afternoon lunch. The place was busy, but we were shown a table straight away. The menu and special menu had plenty of choice. We both had the same food, soup and a baggette with chips. The soup was absolutely excellant, and the main was the... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Staff very welcoming and can't do enough for you lovely atmosphere great food good portions and reasonable price such a lovely piece of history this pub unlike these modern uncomfortable places well done

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I met with friends at The Black Boy this evening & had a fantastic meal. This is the first time I have been to The Black Boy & I shall certainly be going back. I had the BBQ ribs to start - they were so tender they fell off the bone, followed by the scrumptious duck & bacon salad. The... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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248 reviews 248 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

You know some pubs do it so well. And the BB is one of them. Quality food, good service, nice surroundings. We have ventured half an our by car from home, hearing the 'Boy was the place to go for Sunday lunch - and it was 20 miles worth driving to. A shared Fish Mezze Starter was more than enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Lovely food recommend the baked canembert starter to share! The meals were gorgeous and very reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and helpful - went above and beyond. Would definitely come back :)

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Reading
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The Black Boy never disappoints, unless you fail to book far enough in advance. Its rare you can just turn up and get a table and often you can't even get one if you book the day before. Its a great place and no doubt benefits from a lack of other competition in Shinfield. For me though its a great... More 

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went here for my leaving do from work at lunchtime. We had pre ordered food by email to save time but unfortunately one person didn't get their lunch. They were extremely apologetic, when they realised it was their fault and gave all of us a sealed envelope with a discount voucher for our next visit and free coffees. The... More 

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reading
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158 reviews 158 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I have enjoyed my meal every time I have visited here over recent years. However, some of my unadventurous friends who prefer basic foods do not always agree & would say it was 'too fancy'. Unfortunately one or two of them really only eat 'unadorned' chicken, steak, fish etc so may I suggest one or two of your dishes could... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I have been to this restaurant many times as I travel through from Bristol to the South East. It never fails to give an exciting offering. Friday lunchtime we had Mezzes and it was plenty enough, tasty and a superb lunch. The evening food is just as good and I thoroughly recommend it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Very impressed by the standard of this pub. It is very friendly, whatever food you order its of a very high standard. The staff are all very well organised and friendly.

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British
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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