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“Could be so much better”
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 June 28, 2013 via mobile

Had a very tasteless burger with some cold chips. Menu looks great on paper, but food tends to disappoint. There's a great selection of beers, but sadly you pay a high price for them. Wines are also good, but same applies. Good for one drink, but don't forget your wallet!

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Thank Jonny F
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Arrived at 7.30, friendly welcome but service was slow to the point of being non-existent. We realised at 8 that there was only one person serving at the bar and one waitress looking after all the tables. We had our starters delivered at 8.30 and by 9.15 after prompting twice we still hadn't had our mains. The only option was to leave or I fear we may still have been sitting there. A great shame as it looked very promising.

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Thank Claire R
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Good atmosphere, nice menu, overpriced, inept waiters and bar staff. Go for the weekly deals and think yourself lucky you dont have to pay full price. Paul's quizz on monday is a good night :)

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Thank sam h
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Heard good reviews about the Sunday roast here, so was looking forward to a nice meal. The menu looked modern and the pub seemed nice. Ordered a pork roast at £10.50 and a beef roast at £12 so was expecting a good quality meal. The meals came out within 5 minutes of sitting back down at the table. A bit too soon really if it was going to be any good. The portion was small but if it had been to a high standard it would have been adequate. The pork was dry, about 3 very small slices with a bit of crackling... not good at all. The potatoes were described as roast potatoes but were boiled potatoes that really couldn't have even seen a roasting tin! The yorkshire pudding was burnt, the seasonal vegetables were peas (cheap) a few slimey courgettes and some very overcooked soggy carrots. And the red wine gravy was water with a slightly brown colour and spots of oil. No taste at all. The beef was nice, but had the same potatoes veg and burnt yorkshire pud as the pork so it was pretty horrendous. With drinks it cost us the best part of £30 and to be honest i feel i was cheated out of the money! I have honestly had £5 roast dinners better than this so at double the price you expect something nice. Ruined our Sunday. Regret not saying anything to the staff but we were so annoyed we had waited 10 minutes for our still half full plates to be cleared and to say what we thought and we certainly weren't wasting any more of our Sunday in there.

Will be recommending people to steer clear.

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Thank Sophizzle_x
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

For those that know Reading, it may come as a surprise that a pub in the middle of Cemetery Junction should serve such good food consistently. I probably only visit once every two or three months, but every time, I come away impressed with the range of real ale, level of service and variety and quality of food. Prices are reasonable and you can park in the pub car park (note access is from London Road heading out of town). Note they don't allow under 18's in, so this is not a pub to take young children to.

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