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The Black Boy

Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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Ranked #35 of 457 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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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
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48 restaurant reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

First visit in many years but thought we would give it a try after reading numerous good reviews. Pleasantly surprised. Great service, attentive staff, good food and a nice atmosphere too. Would definitely go back.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I live literally 5 mins down the road and believe it or not in 12 yrs never visited here until tonight. I felt compelled to write a review as must say was truly impressed with the food, service and atmosphere in this little overlooked pub situated over the M4! For a tues eve, 6.30pm it was so busy, had reservation... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

When on Friday night for a meal with my partner, very busy but still good service and not a long wait for good food, big portions, hot and vert tasty. Super friendly staff who smile, makes such a difference. Will be back.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We are very fortunate to live within a 5min walking distance from this fantastic pub & frequent often! The food is excellent quality & portion sizes are perfect. They have a great selection of dishes to suit everyone although the shared platter, pork belly & ribs are my absolute favourites. This is predominantly an eating venue however if you want... More

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Wokingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Spent a lot of time here last year as it's close for work to call in for lunch. I have not had a single bad meal here and tried numerous things but now when I call in its the ribs for me. Me describing them would not do them justice you simply have to go and find out!

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Reading
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

Located just 5 mins off junction 11 and on the A329 thus pub is a real find. It has a reasonable sized car park. Once inside there is specific restaurant seating and bar area. Nice food and quick service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

And glad we did visit the Black Boy. Although the restaurant was packed (Tuesday lunchtime) a table was soon found for us by a very friendly waitress. We did not have to wait long for our orders to be taken and we all enjoyed tasty good quality meals. We will return.

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