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The Black Boy

Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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Ranked #51 of 467 restaurants in Reading
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

My partner booked this restaurant for dinner last minute and the staff were very accommodating as we had to change the time, they informed us of a large group coming in shortly after us and so service could be a bit slow. The restaurant area is decorated to a high standard but still retaining a cosy pub feel, the staff... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

It's easy to locate in Shinfield, i.e. close to the roundabout by the old Reading Borough Council Offices also just off the M4. The Pub is typically Old English Style as it's hundreds of years old. It's comfortable, unpretentious, snug and roomy. Yes there are beams, barrels and subdued lighting in the bar area with simple decor and a few... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Read a few other reviews and shocked! If we weren't with another couple I would have responded to the rude women who aggressively said "YES" after we had patiently stood at the bar for 5 minutes with the reply...." I had booked a table but you can give it to someone else if that's your idea of customer service" perhaps... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Today have experienced less than accommodating treatment at this place, particularly my cousin who is a new Mum. This is NOT a baby friendly pub! On arrival was told to move from the bar area as under 14's are not allowed. Moved to a quiet restaurant area and was stared at every time the baby made the slightest noise. Had... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Last visited the Black Boy several years ago when we lived locally.Quite a change when we called for lunch today A spur of the moment decision but very worth while as the food w as delicious and the whole experience excellent.We will be calling again !

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A pleasant pub serving food in a restaurant atmosphere. The food is fairly priced - £13.50 for Sunday lunch beef main (£19.95 for the 'special' Beef Wellington) and puddings £5.50. Good range of beers while you are waiting. A good venue for family gatherings at lunchtime. It is our second visit. We had evening meal there the first time and... More

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Spilsby
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Weather was good, so we sat out in a pleasant non smoking area, child portions very generous, well staffed, good selection of food, must be good, as was well attended, but, no delays in service. Slight drawback was parking. Get there early!

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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Ribs are amazing, staff are friendly, the place is warm and cosy with a very nice outdoor seating area in the summer

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Firstly, a little bit of history. The Black Boy in Shinfield, near Reading and close to the old Berkshire County Council offices (now Foster Wheeler HQ) and M4. The Inn has been a landmark in Reading for over 500 years. Naturally, it has gained quite a history and following during its longstanding status as a public house and inn. It... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This was a spur of the moment decision to visit this pub. We were delighted we did so. The property is historical and has been refurbished to a high standard. Lovely seating both inside and on their extensive patio. A nice touch from the owners is both a separate non and smoking area outside. There is a good range of... More

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