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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Busy Black Boy at it's Brilliant Best says Bailey

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
MStJB
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Camberley, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Camberley, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My wife and I had Sunday Lunch here last Sunday and I have to say it was outstanding. A large portion of succulent beef and wonderful large homemade Yorkshire pud, perfectly cooked veg, all of it was divine. The service was excellent, plenty of staff and attentive. Very impressed and as it was very busy obviously others are to. I... More 

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Reading
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I'm not sure why I've never written a review before but we often pop in here and I guess I just take it for granted. The food and service are always good. (I've never had a bad meal or slow service) Yesterday I had the butternut squash and pea risotto and it arrived at the table quickly and was very... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We arrived about 2:15 after realising that they stopped serving food at 2:30. However, the staff where really helpful, found us a table and took our order even though we hadn't made a reservation. It is quite large inside and deceiving how big it is from the outside. It is nicely decorated too. I opted for the steak baguette and... 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

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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