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  • The pub as seen from Reading to Shinfield Road
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  • The courtyard & dining area with the wisteria
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  • The entrance to the Mansion House
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    The Black Boy, Shinfield: Great alfresco dining & drinking

    by jonathanbarker Written Oct 3, 2014

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    On the road coming out of Reading and going towards Windsor, Slough and London there is a great pub on the very edge of the town. The Black Boy has been serving thirsty travellers for over 500 years. I have seen the pub while travelling to my grand-parents as a child and a young adult, and more recently some of my work colleagues have been recommending it as a great place for food and drink. Another plus is the pub (garden) is dog-friendly. The pub has recently been renovated as a gastro-pub and serves quality food, including lunch time sandwiches and rolls, and more substantial meals including pies, steaks and burgers. The pub serves real ales, beers and lagers, wines, cocktails and spirits. The pub has an interesting history, even its name is a mystery, although there are two theories, one referring to the former King Charles, the other to a regular pipe-smoking Native American. The pub sign shows a black horse. The pub was built on the road out of Reading and was likely to have been a stopping place for stage coaches, as there was also a black-smith opposite. The courtyard has the oldest wisteria tree in Britain, and also has seating for diners and drinkers. Due to its location it is now popular with locals and office workers in the offices that used to the former Shire Hall (Berkshire county council headquarters)

    Favorite Dish: I have sampled the lunchtime menu and have had a Cajun chicken baguette with chips, and I have also enjoyed a pie and chips with freshly cooked vegetables. All the food is fresh

    The pub as seen from Reading to Shinfield Road The courtyard & dining area with the wisteria
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    The Mansion House: A mansion in the park

    by jonathanbarker Written Aug 13, 2014

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    In Propect Park which is to the west of the town, there is the former mansion house which was along with the park was bequeathed to the town. Over several decades the former mansion became derelict and its future was uncertain. The house became a changing room for the youth sport teams who played in the park at weekends. However in the early 1990s the council agreed to allow a restaurant chain to convert the house to a restaurant and function rooms. It is till very popular with locals and visitors, and is reasonably priced. Today the waitress was very friendly and attentive to us.

    Favorite Dish: The menu includes a self service buffet of salads, and patrons are encouraged to visit the salad bar as often as they like. The salads include fresh fruit, cucumbers and tomatoes, potato and pasta salads, fresh bread rolls and salad dressing. Today I had a cauliflower cheese and tomato pie with runner beans and chips, and I finished with a "Sundae best" dessert. To drink I enjoyed "bottomless" supply of apple drink. This deal only cost me £9.99

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    Palmer's cafe: Morning coffee & afternoon tea

    by jonathanbarker Written Nov 9, 2013

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    In the centre of Reading, there is the 19th century town hall, built in the gothic style, the town hall hosts concerts, and Reading's main museum is in the same building. The cafe is a break from the museum, a pre-concert (although not evening) or a retreat from the hustle & bustle of Reading town centre. Tea & coffee is Free trade, and the cakes are freshly baked. Staff are very helpful, and there a relaxed atmosphere. At lunchtime they serve soup & sandwiches.

    Favorite Dish: We had a pot of tea, with fresh milk & homemade cake, very reasonably priced.

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    The Rafina Lounge cafe: Lounge cafe in town

    by jonathanbarker Written Nov 9, 2013

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    The Rafina has been in Reading for about 43 years, and is still still run by the same Greek family who opened it in 1970. In a style of an English cafe, it serves breakfasts and lunches, all freshly cooked. In summer the cafe is air-conditioned.

    Favorite Dish: Today I had an "English" breakfast of sausage, bacon, baked beans, egg and hash-browns, all freshly cooked to order.

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    The Great Expectations: Great Expectations for food and beer

    by jonathanbarker Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    An interesting pub in a neo-classical building on London Street, the inside has been decorated to look like a Dicken's theme (like the "Old Curiosity Shop", a library etc) where an eclectic selection of beers and alcoholic drinks are served along with burgers in buns, paninis, salads, chips and Sunday roasts. One good thing was even on a Saturday evening this place never gets too overcrowded and no loud music is played.

    Favorite Dish: On the last visit I had a chicken burger in a bun with salad and chips with a local beer called "Ginger Tosser", however a few years ago I had a Sunday roast

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    China Palace: Chinese Restaurant

    by St_Vincent Written May 23, 2009

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    The China Palace is an upmarket Chinese restaurant on Oxford Road near the town centre. Service was good but the place was very quiet on what I thought would be a busy Friday evening. It might have had something to do with the cost, it was quite expensive. I guess it could have been the colour scheme, everything seemed to be a yellow/gold colour and it was a bit overpowering.

    Favorite Dish: Dim Sum is available from noon until 4pm

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    Bel and the Dragon: It's A Pub, But Not As You Know It (Jim)

    by johngayton Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    Whilst Bel and the Dragon sets itself out to be a pub it is in fact much more of a restaurant - what is called these days a "Gastro Pub". But it's none the worse for that. The pub is big and stylish and the riverside location, just out of town, makes for an ideal location especially for al fresco dining when the sun comes out - it even has a terrace restaurant on its adjacent barge.

    The food menu is quite eclectic but manages to retain a pub feel to it and so you can have your Cumberland Sausages and Mash with a side of Rocket and Parmesan Salad if you so desire. The prices are a bit more than average but the food quality and service more than justify the extra couple of quid compared to most.

    As expected from a pub they serve a well-kept range of beers, an extensive wine list (with over a dozen wines available by the glass) and all the usual beverages expected from a quality establishment.

    Favorite Dish: I've only been in once for lunch on a Sunday but the roast dinner was spot on - freshly cooked, good quality, local meat, decent veg and homemade gravy, exactly what I was after. All-in-all well worth seeking out if you want proper cooking and don't mind paying that little bit extra.

    Not Looking Its Best On A Grey Sunday Morning
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    West Cornish Pasty Co.: have a snack

    by uglyscot Written Mar 25, 2009

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    Arriving at reading Station at mid-day, and knowing I wouldn't be met for another half hour, I decided to have a snack. All the usual chains were represented at the station { Pret a manger, Burger King, Costa Coffee, Upper Crust, Subway] but I decided to try one that I'd not frequented before.
    The menu was basically all pasties with different fillings. One helping was adequate , and I supplemented mine with a hot drink. It wasn't cheap but satisfactory.

    Favorite Dish: I had the chicken and mushroom filled pasty. The flakey pastry was light and well cooked and the filling was tasty. There were pieces of chicken, but the mushroom was a creamy sauce.

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    Wagamama: Kaikatzy Curry ;)

    by iris2002 Written Apr 14, 2006

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    My favourit place to go and eat in the UK & Reading of course

    Favorite Dish: Starters:
    > deep fried tiger prawns
    > pickled mix
    > fresh carrot & ginger juice

    Main course:
    Kaikatsu curry (vegetarian)

    Desert:
    anything on the menu :D

    Wagamama in Reading
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    Sweeney Todd,s: Pie lover's heaven

    by pmarshuk Written Feb 27, 2006

    This is a pub serving great real ale at the front and a restaurant specialising in pies at the back.
    What can you say about the pies except that they are delicious. However beware, if you ask for advice on which one to have be prepared for a long wait while each pie from the long list is described in detail.

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    Art Of Siam: Wonderful Thai food

    by pmarshuk Updated Jun 14, 2005

    We had a team meal here at a michelin star rated Thai restaurant in the centre of Reading. The meal and the surroundings were fantastic. We had a set banquette which cost £19.95 pp and for that we got a selection of appetizers, then a Tom Yum soup, then a selection of main course dishes followed by ice cream. And they serve Singha beer.
    Possibly my only slight criticism would be that the food wasn't spicey enough - but other people in the group wouldn't have agreed on that. If I'd ordered something other than the set meal then I'm sure I could have got it hotter as the whole service they give is great.

    Note that this resaurant has now changed it's name from Old Siam to Art of Siam, but the food and service are the same

    Some co-workers from around Europe

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    Loch Fyne: Fresh Seafood on the river

    by Markyreid Written Apr 20, 2005

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    The restaurant had a friendly, sophisticated atmosphere with a diverse range of seafood dishes. The staff were friendly, although they were a little slow with their service.

    Favorite Dish: There were four of us there and we shared a large platter which cost about 49 quid, and then added some side dishes which were only 1 to 2 pound each. The platter had plenty of fresh seafood ( crab, prawns, mussels, oysters, calmari)
    They also served a large amount of bread before the meal which helped satisfy some of our aggressive appetites.
    The sticky pudding was a satisfying finish to a nice meal.

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    Nando's: Come here for a hot bird

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 9, 2005

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    A restaurant group that started in South Africa, preparing traditional Portugese Chicken with a fiery kick to it.
    Nandos is without a doubt one of my favourite place, being a South African, I always seem to make this a port of call when I feel little homesick.
    Its got a very fun atmosphere in which they serve great tasting Peri-Peri chicken in short spaces of time.

    Favorite Dish: I always have the half chicken and large chips (I am so predictable). I have it Lemon and Herb flavour, but before I get called a wuss, I douce it with as many peri-peri garlic sause as I can have, its just fantastic.
    For those of you who love olives you have to have a little bowl of their olives, they are just to die for, absolutely fantastic!!!!

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    Bel & and Dragon: Flamboyant and Fabulous

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 9, 2005

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    The food at Bel and the Dragon is not your normal pub food, its got a bit of a twist to it, making it quite upmarket with gorgeous presentation. The food is always tasty and the restaurant has a very good atmosphere.
    I very much like the inside of the restaurant, its got a huge wine collection against the wall, and the artwork is all kind of cartoon based, a very tasteful restaurant with very good food, a definite reccomendation.
    Its located outside one of the many canals that run through Reading, which is perfect for those nice summer afternoons, when you can sit outside and have your lunch next to the water.

    Favorite Dish: I had chicken skewers, which were presented beautifully, and the quality was very good, and the food was very tasty. We had desert which was of very good standard, as well as the few bottles of wine we consumed... hehehe hic...

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    Zizzi: Italian anyone?

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Zizzi is a chain of restaurants that can be found all over England. However I think they are different in their own way. Upon entering you can see by the decor that its very trendy, yet unpretentions.
    Its always got a lovely atmosphere, with friendly waiting staff.
    What I like is the trendy decor, combined with the good food and the nice environment that makes this restaurant one of my favourites.

    Favorite Dish: Obviously as its an Italian Restaurant, its got the normal Pizza and Pasta dishes. My absolute favourite dish is the Sofia pizza. Basically consists of pepperoni, chicken etc, you know... all the meats.. yum, I usually add lots more garlic and a stack of olives, and then I eat like a king...Their pizzas are quite large in size and very delicous indeed, not the normal manufactured taste you get in other major chain pizzerias.
    Price wise, its very good value for money, and you feel you have had your moneys worth after your meal at this establishment.

    Zizzi in Reading.
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