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“Evening meal in the snow!”
Review of The Iron Duke

The Iron Duke
Ranked #70 of 621 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $54
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Evening meal in the snow!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We had an average meal here in the snow, this made the journey there a bit tricky as the roads were a bit icy in parts, not the pubs fault at all though!

The service was great and could not be better 5 out of 5. However the food lacked that bit of extra class for the price you pay.

I think Sunday lunch would be worth a go but don't set your expectations too high for dinner.

In summary, great service, nice food but a bit overpriced, large portions just put on a very large plate!

  • Visited January 2013
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“What a let down - very over rated!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Oh dear! Went here by recommendation. We had not booked but arrived about 6.30, place empty only car in car park! Were not made very welcome and told only one table in the corner available. Know it was two weeks before Xmas and they obviously had tables booked for groups of 6 or 8 , but not all tables occupied when we left. Had looked on line so aware of prices and choice of meals. Felt Xmas menu pushed on us - perhaps easy for kitchen, but we did not want this and opted for fish and chips and burger which in all honesty was just ok certainly no better than same meal at other establishments in area. will not be returning.

  • Visited December 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
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789 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“Great food, great welcome”
Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Hidden some way behind the more visible Wellington Arms, this is a better place to search out. Small but well laid out, The Iron Duke offers a good range of food at reasonable prices. As part of a party of five, I started with a dressed crab of excellent taste with no bits of shell or stringy bits in it served with toast and a lovely little salad served with a tasty dressing. Min course was a fish pie - with lots of fish and only just enough mash to make it an accompaniment rather than the main part of the meal often seen elsewhere. The Parmesan cheese grated and cooked on top was wonderful - set the meal off well. Pudding was a creme brûlée, followed by a fresh mint tea. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was friendly and efficient. Well worth going the extra distance from the A33.

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1 Thank Clivel_98
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Berkshire
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food and lovely atmosphere”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Slightly off the beaten track but well worth a visit. The food is delicious and presented beautifully. The service was excellent, managing to be both friendly and efficient. The atmosphere was cosy and relaxed and very Christmassy! We went as a group of friends but this venue would work equally well for couples, business and families with older children. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Visited December 2012
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Bramley, United Kingdom
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“Great food and cosy atmosphere”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Great food, very good service, friendly and welcoming. The presentation is excellent and the quality of the food speaks for itself as they use a lot of localy sourced fresh produce.

  • Visited March 2012
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