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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 am
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Reading, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have eaten here recently for both a snack lunch and evening meal. A very welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. The menu has plenty of choice for both lunch and dinner. Can recommend the Fish Pie which was tasty and plentiful. Drinks are well priced (not sure why NZ Sav Blanco is so expensive everywhere!!1). If you like eating a... More 

Thank aldn58
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always good service and food but a little disappointment with the way they whisked away my bottle of wine, that I had not finished and intended to take home, when I went up to pay my bill and when I realized and went and asked them for it, they informed me that someone had tipped it away.

Thank Julie B
Camberley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never had a bad meal and been a returning customer for the last 6 years. Excellent service accompanied by outstanding food. Myself &I my 4 children ate Gourmet burgers, chicken breast with bubble & squeak, warm duck sesame seed salad and sausage & mash. Everything was just exceptional. We followed it with warm brownies and vanilla ice cream .... Devine... More 

1 Thank SuRo36
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to this pub for lunch and dinner several times, this year alone, and can honestly say that their menu is one where you can't decide what to eat, because all of it is attractive. All the meals my friends and I have had have been perfect, I can't fault it. No meal was over or under cooked.... More 

1 Thank Louise P
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for a Sunday roast and visited for the first time. For starter I had the halloumi salad, it was cooked very well and tasted good,if a bit stingy on the halloumi (only 2 pieces given). My husband had the chicken liver terrine which was a generous portion and delicious. For mains I had the pork belly and... More 

Thank Natalien26
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't be put off by the carpark, even when full we got a table. Friendly service with good food. Good range of local beer on draft.

Thank Mikem0
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Our friend from Basingstoke found The Black Boy as half way between us so neither of us had been there before. We were delighted with the whole experience, and as it was so packed it is obviously very popular.

Thank Ann c
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We came here as a "stop off" on our way to a weekend away. It's a great location as jut off the m4 so very easy to come off then back on again. We had the ribs and squid for starters, both devious and rather large portions. As it was a sunday we went for the Sunday roast. I had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

This lovely pub is my local and is great for meal or casual catch up. They do lovely food and often good table service. However, the service behind the bar often comes with a negative attitude but try not to let that put you off.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I took a group of friends to this pub come restaurant. The food was superb, large portions, piping hot and excellent quality. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the cost was very reasonable. Loads of parking as well. Would highly recommend this

Thank debrasoper

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: 441189883116

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