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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
01189883116
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 61
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  • 73
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Quick lunch was delightful!

Stopped here on recommendation from a friend and it was a delight! Lovely pub with VERY friendly staff and a good varied (but not too big) menu!!! Good was fresh and tasty and the garden was a non smoking garden.... Great for my family and I!!! Only down side is the busy road out the front but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Marcus L
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on recommendation from a friend and it was a delight! Lovely pub with VERY friendly staff and a good varied (but not too big) menu!!! Good was fresh and tasty and the garden was a non smoking garden.... Great for my family and I!!! Only down side is the busy road out the front but the food makes... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely lunch here this week, great staff and excellent food would definitely use this pub again.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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287 reviews 287 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Before I begin my review, I think it should be pointed out that TripAdvisor has this pub listed at entirely the wrong location. TripAdvisor has "The Black Boy" as being on Shinfield Road just after one passes Mo Li Yuan, Subway, and that general area of shops. This is not true - the pub is in fact a further 15-20... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Four of us visited The Black Boy last night to celebrate a birthday. Despite arriving late (near 9pm) the service was always with a smile, helpful, knowledgeable of the menu and nearly as good as our food. Each having different dishes, they were served at the same time. All delicious and beautifully cooked and presented.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We visit The Black Boy fairly often, the food is excellent and the staff are very attentive. My favourite meals are the Sunday Roasts and the Beef Wellington. There is a good selection of reasonably priced wines which go great with one of the mezze selections.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Came here for dinner with a friend on a nice sunny day and sat outside in the garden area. I had the seafood salad which was a generous amount and very fresh. My friend ordered rack of ribs and was equally satisfied. Staff were very friendly and service was quick, no waiting around. Might be a little pricey compared to... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Truly a great local place with fantastic drinking opportunities and great starters. Just the healthy choices among the mains could be a little more extended.

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South Oxon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Went as part of a group early evening mid week. The pub was averagely busy and we were seated and served in good time. I ordered the slow roasted pork belly. My problem with this dish is that if not cooked really slow then it borders on eating a lump of dripping. It wasn't that bad but it just got... More 

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Carnforth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Booked for Sunday dinner as staying at a local hotel for a few days and fancied a Sunday Roast. The food was top class, lovely tender beef and lots of fresh vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Booked again for the Monday, food again excellent so went again on the Tuesday as didn't want to be disappointed somewhere else. We... More 

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Berkshire, England
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160 reviews 160 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

A popular local with good pub food and service. My lasagna and garlic bread was fairly average but my partners lamb from the specials menu was excellent. Desserts were brilliant with one of the best creme brulees ever.

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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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?