It always pays to keep best buddies with Reading & etc CAMRA; they know where the best Doom Bar-only boozers are.
And they can clearly pick a family-run dining pub for the Beer guide, too. Here’s one in “Terrific Theale”, as I propose the council rename it (bit like they did with Wootton Bassett).
And what a beautiful location just off the majestic J12 of the M4, only hinted at by the OS.
Now, I don’t now about you, but the Fox & Hounds looks a way out of Theale to me.*
In fact, I’m amazed the residents of Sheffield Bottom haven’t taken to CAMRA Discourse and sought a judicial review, having been deprived of a namecheck in the GBG.
If it survives to GBG20 they should stick it under “Reading Services“, just to irritate people.
It’s a standard pub-diner, bar the exceptional Wadworths handpumps. How rare and welcome it is to see 6X in the Beer Guide.
“Can I help you ?” I guess that’s polite but when I hear it I always wonder whether I should be in there after my Borders trauma.
The beer was cool and foamy (NBSS 3), the pub smelt nice, and despite the menus there were still a few tables that felt pubby enough.
But Halloween ? Get in the sea.
“Mmmmm” is the extent of banter, and I’ve no idea what the context for that was. Apart from that, a big gong rung to announce meals arriving from the kitchen, and some post-dentistry sympathy between staff, it was a bit quiet.
Now, what odds will you give me that BRAPA gets photographed with his head through the hole ?
*And you think these post titles are just made up don’t you ?