A real triumph next, as I beat both Pubmeister (who was actually conceived at Elm Park) and BRAPA (who saw Hull Tigercity win a corner at Madejksi recently) to this one.
GBG pubs in universities aren’t that rare; I can recall Lancaster, Liverpool. Warwick and Keele over the years. My own University, the Conservatoire of Life (a 2:2) is of course a GBG regular.
Reading University is in the bit of town not overrun by eccentric CAMRA members who believe in putting quality before range.
I spent the last year of my working life visiting University campuses in East Anglia, and there’s still a frisson of excitement about walking round the grounds with loads of young people having the time of their lives, with a Dr & The Medics Tribute act and pub quiz to look forward to at the weekend.
Huge queues are forming outside the dining complex, beguilingly called “Eat“. “Disappointing salads” says Mike on Google, clearly missing the point.
It took a while to discover the Park House, but for once the Guide sticker is useful.
With it’s (unique to GBG) card only policy I’d been expecting a modern student bar, like the one at my son’s Sheffield union HQ with Abbeydale and Punk IPA. Perhaps there is one of those at Reading, but the Park House is very much common room with handpumps.
Oh look !
I should have expected a handle, shouldn’t I ? But despite the lack of straight glassware this was a joy of a Plum Porter, NBSS 4 at least.
Plenty of pint men in cardigans, you could have been at a CAMRA branch meeting.
I contemplated lunch, probably something like spag bol or cottage pie or oxtail soup, but there was drama at the bar over astonishingly complex room bookings and the Plum Porter was a meal in a glass, anyway.
A pub fit for Royalty, and an ideal companion piece for the next estate pub that Reading CAMRA stick in the Guide.