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Review of The Abbot Cook

The Abbot Cook
Ranked #143 of 630 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $20
Cuisines: British, Pub, Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A Reading pub with a relaxing vibe. Regulars say The Abbot Cook has 'the best beer garden in Reading', but that's not entirely true; it has two. With a line-up of entertainment as eclectic as its top-drawer drinks list, there's also plenty going on inside this Cemetery Junction pub. Don't get us wrong, though: we're more 'gently buzzing' than rowdy and raucous. Our eclectic interior lends itself to a relaxed chilled out drink after work as well as a dining experience to celebrate those special occasions.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Good beer from an extensive 'menu', nice food (too nice!) with a wide choice, and entertaining nights (quiz night, open mic etc), good atmosphere and decor - what's not to like :)

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The place looks like a pub and is a pub but they've definitely made an effort to be a bit more than that. The food they serve is more restaurant quality than pub food and this is evident also in their service and how the foods are served.

Despite the good effort, the food doesn't quite reach a restaurant level. It's nice and slightly better than average, but often a bit bland. The wine selection is quite nice.

Abbot Cook can be a very nice experience during the day for lunch or for an early afternoon dinner. Or perhaps on a quiet weeknight. Instead of drunken guys you might find the place occupied by slightly classier people, women in particular enjoying conversations sipping a glass of wine. (White wines etc. are served with nice coolers.)

The problem is, that the location is next to so called "Studentville" - a residential area with lots of students. And before this place became the Abbot Cook, it was just another dirty student pub called 'Upin Arms' .

So if you go there later at night expecting to have a nice bottle of wine or a nice meal, you might be surprised to find out that the place has reverted to a mere normal pub. And often with LOUD MUSIC. I guess the problem is that they are trying to sell things to both client groups - rowdy students and adults who prefer quality.

So depending on when you go there the atmosphere of the place ranges from terrible to good.

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Thank LepusDementis
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

The Abbot Cook, is a lovely place to eat. The food is excellent and the staff are friendly. It is the sort of place that a woman on her own, could go to eat , without feeling awkward .

We were a table of 5, the waitress, Liz, was very friendly,helpful and also knowledgeable about the food on the menu.
The starters were excellent and the mains were delicious.
They serve Belgium kriek and a good variety of beers and other drinks
Highly recommended

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2  Thank sapper99
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Abbot Cook is our local & we have never had a bad meal here!
The staff are always friendly & the food good. They offer a changing fixed price menu Monday to Friday & there is entertainment of some description most nights!

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Thank RT052011
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

I used to come to this venue 'back in the day' when it was the 'Upin Arms', a dirt cheap student pub. The transition was made to go a bit more up market and take out the juke box and pool tables etc to replace with...well nice tables and chairs and decor. Best bit though is the beer selection, very extensive and mostly good. The food started great and was really promising but (not sure if the chef has changed) it has gone downhill since then.
To be fair I think it is probably worth a 3.5 out of 5...and the Sunday roasts are very good.
Beer garden(s) okay if noisy from traffic.
Sometimes smells very (literally) fishy in there...presumably poor kitchen smell extraction?

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Thank Mat E
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