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The Black Boy

$$ - $$$, British,
Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
+44 118 988 3116
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Overview
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“ribs” (34 reviews)
“burger” (37 reviews)
“baguette” (9 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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1 - 10 of 560 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love the decor and ambience. Staff were friendly and attentive. Squid was excellent and fajitas tasted good. Lovely night out...

Thank Sarah V
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded today

That's great to hear, Sarah! Thanks for posting and we hope to see you again soon :0)

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here for lunch with 4 colleagues. We over ordered slightly as we were celebrating a great week. Service is brilliant, can not fault that but the food was lack lustre and overall, deep fried and greasy. Due to the fact you pay before you...More

Thank TheCroods
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am really sorry to hear about this disappointing lunch at The Black Boy and would very much appreciate the chance to discuss the issues with you personally. Please can you email me your contact telephone number and I will call you at your convenience....More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Managed to not only book a table last minute but also change the time of our table reservation due to traffic. Ben was very helpful and accommodating finding us a perfect table to sit with our toddler. They had crayons and activity sheets at the...More

Thank Stacey N
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Stacey, thanks for posting the excellent review! We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and how well looked after you were by Ben, Charlotte and the rest of the team. We do hope to see you all again soon :o)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for drink with my wife. The bar staff were all over the place. more interested in having a chat than serving. Just seemed to be young teens taking time to avoid serving. Bar often left without any staff on a quiet night.More

Thank DrB911
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am very sorry to hear about this disappointing visit and would really appreciate the chance to speak to you personally to apologise and find out more. Please can you email me your contact details and I will call you direct? Please email me at...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great menu choice, reasonable prices, great food and attentive staff. What’s not to like? Their Dibers card offering 33% off food as an early bird diner just tops it all off. Highly recommended and five minutes from the M4!More

Thank teejaybeeBristolUK
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for posting this fab review and for recommending us so highly! Yes, our Diner's Card is great value - for just £1 it gives you 33% off your food bill when early evening dining and offers other benefits too. Full details and Ts...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a hardworking morning the boss took 7 of us for a nice lunch.As I’m out later just had a very nice sausage baguette with chips & a small salad. Very good service & also very popular as it was very busy.

Thank PhilMerridan
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That's great to hear! Thanks for posting this excellent review, Phil, we hope to welcome you all again soon :0)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came for a catch up with an old friend - a wonderful evening! Ben, the General Manager was so friendly, as were all the staff. The service was impeccable and the food amazing! Melted cheese balls, followed by steak with a Stilton sauce accompanied by...More

Thank tabby761
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Tabby, thanks so much for posting this fab review and for recommending us so highly! I will definitely pass this on to Ben and his team and we look forward to welcoming you again soon :o)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time at The Black boy, starting from the warm welcome we received when we arrived. The menu was extensive and the food we ordered was delicious. It was also nice to see the introduction of a Vegan menu. The general atmosphere...More

Thank Alice P
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

That's great to hear, thanks Alice! I will certainly pass on your thanks to Natalie and we're delighted that you like our new Vegan Menu. Hope to see you again soon :0)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table in the restaurant but it was a sunny Saturday so managed to get a table for 6 of us in the garden area. It’s really nicely done and the bar outside where you can order food and drinks is great- no table...More

Thank hollyReading.Berks
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this lovely feedback! So pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon :0)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place although busy car park ...... managed to fit us in which was great at 6.30pm. Staff very helpful and polite. Had a great meal - Pepper Burger and Classic. Black Boy Beer very tasty ..... will be back. We are regulars - last...More

Thank Paul C
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for this excellent review and feedback - great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon (ie before another 15 years elapse!) ;-)

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Beverley B
May 24, 2017|
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Response from Ellie R | Reviewed this property |
you can certainly eat outside. it is very pleasant.
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REGINALD C
April 13, 2015|
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Response from Marc N |
Good evening Reginald The menus can all be found on our website which is listed on the main page. (Sorry, we are not allowe3d to post the link in this section!) To book a table, please contact us on 01189 883116 anytime... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 988 3116
  • E-mail
Description
We’re delighted to be the new owners of The Black Boy, Shinfield. We are currently closed for an extensive refurbishment and are due to reopen on Wednesday 8th March 2017. We will be updating this our website shortly and you will be able to book a table online from mid February, so watch this space! We look forward to seeing you. Barons Pub Company
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