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user reviews of Nags Head, Reading

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In answer to the last reviewer, probably cause you had had enough :-)

2nd visit. Plenty to admire here. I spent longer than expected due to being trapped by the first thunder storm of the summer.

West Berkshire Old Boy in good form. They now do rolls as well as pies!

Well worth the trip outside the town ring road.
Mappiman - 20 Jul 2017 18:37
Sinday roasts are great. But why is the pub now serinh beets short mrasure?
delpus - 16 Jul 2017 18:17
Great pub, food is limited, but range of beers is excellent and always friendly. Well worth a visit.
0zymandias - 28 Mar 2016 13:39
Found a Reading Pub Crawl on barcrawl.com and this took me out of the town centre into the back streets.

Glad it did - a real ale oasis. Lots of beers on, most of which I'd never heard off. Barman helped me make my decision by offering me tasters.

Decent pint was had. Their courtesy papers were read. If only they did food (other than £3 pies) I would have stopped longer.

Worth seeking out.
Mappiman - 17 May 2015 14:08
and now we know for sure, Lord J has never actually been to the Nags Head!
HoppyJocky - 1 Nov 2014 15:58
Slowbear hopefully it will ruin a business if your clientèle consists of racists, homophobes and sexist bores. The inherent design of the internet is to rightly highlight your failings be that as incoherent, drunk, or a drug addict and cross dresser. Just because you are a homosexual in denial doesn't mean a pub is a good or bad pub; just you like man bum. Regardless you will always be fond of the bottom and I will always be here to rubbish the rubbish. Amen.
whisky_diet - 23 Oct 2014 14:13
I think Lord J needs his head examining. Luckily I'm sure he can be found working at the Back Of Beyond. Pretty transparent posting.

Judging by your other posts which are all negative about some of the other great pubs in Reading (of which the Nags is by far the best) yet a stomach churning and sickeningly sweet review of the Back Of Beyond leave your motives pretty open.

What would you know about the takings of any of these pubs? Bellend.

I know this is just a commend thread on a website, but think about the livelihood of other people running these pubs before you lie about them, bogus reviews on websites can destroy businesses. Luckily there are plenty of people that disagree with you.
slowbear - 12 Aug 2014 16:21
MonkeyBob is a complete idiot !!!
beerbarbara - 15 Jul 2014 10:53
A very poor selection of ales and trumped up prices. The fact it's located in Oxford Road; the third world resembling crime capital of Reading doesn't help either.
MonkeyBob - 25 May 2014 16:56
Best pub in Reading by some distance with 13 or so constantly revolving handpumps and a load of real ciders out back. Sunlight streams through the windows in the summer months, and it's one of those places that's always difficult to drag yourself away from. But however many you have here, you shouldn't feel so bad the next morning as the quality of the beer is outstanding.
plymouthpirate - 25 May 2014 16:21
Great beer but some of the staff midweek are tools.
theeternalwheel - 7 Apr 2014 20:24
A reasonable establishment ruined by some very foul mouthed regulars on a Saturday afternoon. The seemingly arty crowd who inserted themselves once the far preferable football crowd left would be barred from most town centre pubs for language. A bizarre orange haired woman in particular stood out as she has the guttural tone of a rabid badger only not as attractive. Disappointing.
James_Sebastian - 13 Feb 2014 19:33
A one room drinking-den in a cosmopolitan part of town. Pleasant staff. They should turn off the intrusive muzak. Sports TV big screen. I had a quite pleasant pint of Redwood American IPA. (See nice little pub website.) Not my sort of pub, but other customers appeared to enjoy it, including some London Irish RFC supporters off to the match. Some good cartoons in the gents, I’m told.
Mona_Growser - 3 Dec 2013 12:41
Well spotted Mr F - this pub is now a Witherspons outlet called The Sir Rustle Streete with all the usual spoons trimmings! They were going to make it a LLLoyds No2 but didn't get a lap dancing licence so it's up to the chaps behind the bar to go through the motions and excite the punters who will no doubt be leaving the BOBin their droves in search of new depravity!! .....and if you believe that you are a sadder git than Lord Jason!!!!!!!
mcroyal - 16 Aug 2013 23:41
Good pub.
theeternalwheel - 6 Aug 2013 15:57
Sadly now bought out by Wetherspoons. One can only hope Lord Jason won't be the new landlord.
Mr_F - 15 Jul 2013 16:30
Lovely pub that is fast replacing The Alehouse (aka Hobgoblin/London Tavern) as the best pub in Reading. Lovely beer with a range that changes frequently and is always well kept. Well worth seeking out.

The idea of leaving the Nags for the Back of Beyond is ridiculous.
Dan137 - 15 Jun 2013 19:54
In my opinion a lovely little pub especially considering it's location. A great selection of guest ales and ciders. Staropramen on tap, football on the TV, an open fire and a piano in the corner that does not go neglected. As for the toilets Chelsea Greg... the dyson airblade hand drier is always a pleasure to use.

Could anyone enlighten me as to whether or not Lord J is one of Mr Wetherspoons shameless minions?
generaldisarray - 19 May 2013 03:48
have they got a cleaner? bogs don't seem to think so.
chelsea_greg - 17 Apr 2013 13:34
Too true WD, this boozer almost makes me long for the return of the shut-down polish hole a stone's throw away! Granted that was a den of inequity but less aggage of a weekend eh!
camra_colin - 10 Apr 2013 18:55
This pub seems to attract a rather dubious crowd although considering the location this is hardly surprising. At weekends fights often occur outside so I'm sorry but cannot really recommend it.
whisky_diet - 9 Apr 2013 12:37
It's easy to visit a good pub once and rave about it, but if the same pub also stands the test of time and only seems to get better, you have found a real gem. Such a gem is the The Nag's Head in Russel Street, Reading. It is just in a different league to all other ale pubs in Reading (and there are a few good ones.) To summarize :

1) Over 10 ales on tap, all in good condition, and not as expensive as other places
2) Had 13 yes THIRTEEN ciders available
3) Out of principle doesn't do the awful bog-standard lagers, but has a small number of connoisseur's lagers in case you have a non-ale drinker with you; incl. Leffe and Grolsch
4) Does higher-quality kettle-style crisps than the usual Walkers fare; and lots of flavours incl. Jalapeno pepper
5) Has a nice dartboard
6) Clean, large loos
7) A Roaring log fire
8) Friendly barstaff and regulars
9) A range of board games and books for the chilling punter
10) A real piano and a pianist who comes in on a Sunday evening and plays well-known pop and rock numbers
11) When the pianist stops the standard music starts playing but it is kept at a sensible volume so there's no problem having a conversation
12) Great decor; period posters, Reading FC historical artifacts, lampshades made from whisky cartons, beer mats galore on the ceiling fringes
13) Regular live music
14) Only a 5-minute walk from the town centre, probably slightly nearer Reading West station than Reading central.

I was a bit surprised by the main summary against the pub saying it had a 'large TV screen' if so I certainly didn't see it in there! It's certainly not that sort of pub; if you want a 'sports' bar with a massive TV to watch the Rugby on or whatever, go to the Three Guineas. The fact there's no telly on and the music is a decent volume is one of the reasons we go here! It's a proper old-fashioned ale pub, exactly as pubs should be.
( Also recommended for post-ale curry is the very nearby 'Punjab Grill' which is a Southall-style curry café i.e. very cheap, canteen-style, no frills; very ethnic, very excellent. )
Long Live the Nag's Head!!!
Outstanding.


ColinTheCactus - 25 Mar 2013 16:36
Splendid large and bustling pub with its dozen hand pumps arrange in strength order - weak to the right ,stronger to the left - and an early warning as to the next beer to come up on that pump. Wide range of people talking, people playing crib, pairs playing backgammon, a retreat for Reading FC fans after evening matches, friendly and helpful landlord and staff - hard to fault it anywhere - even some funny cartoons in the gents loos. Just off the Oxford Road and an easy stroll from The Ale House or the station, across the inner ring road (A329).
Arctium_lappa - 28 Feb 2013 19:37
On my last visit, I rated this as my favourite pub in Reading. This time, I preferred the Ale House and discovered the Retreat. So it's down to third on my list! Nevertheless, the Nag's Head is still a good pub. There is a fine selection of beers, ciders and perries. On our visit, there was Ramsbury Silver Pigs Stout, Red Squirrel Redwood American IPA, Darkstar Winter Meltdown, Growler Dapper Dog, Hopback Red Ember, Oakleaf TSB, Crouch Vale Bravo, Butts Traditional, Buxton Target, Redemption Trinity & Triple fff Pressed Rat and Warthog. For the apple and pear lover, there was Upton Medium Cider, Roger's Furze Cutters Distraction, Broadoak Bristol Port, Westons Old Rosie, Gwynt y Ddraig Ancient Warrior, Farmhouse Pyder, Happy Daze & Black Dragon, Bee Sting Perry, Gwatkin Golden Valley Scrumpy. Rich's Scrumpy, Tutts Clump Royal Berkshire & Moles Black Rat. As stated, the range is second to none. But we all agreed that this is to the detriment of the quality. Another drawback of the pub is the noise levels. The constant hubbub of chatter was similar to a Wetherspoons. But that can be the price you pay for a successful boozer. This pub would make for a great watering hole in most towns and cities across the country and it's still one of Reading's best - but not quite the best.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Nov 2012 22:23
Utterly brilliant pub with wide range of ales (12) incorporating huge range of styles. They do food. Best pub for miles around for ale.
Spodgey - 14 Nov 2012 17:05
Fantastic selection of beer available in this pub, lot of local ones available with strength varying from normal to strong, beers I tried were all in good condition but can't remember exactly which ones I had.

Do hot meat pies for 3.50 which help to soak up the ale.
beershot - 7 Nov 2012 17:25
Continuing its excellence brilliant variety of 12 ever changing ales
guestale - 17 Oct 2012 17:41
This pub has become very popular and offers a refreshing change to many modern pubs in Reading. A wide selection of well kept real ales. Service could be improved and staff are not particularly friendly.
joxer - 11 Sep 2012 17:08
You aren't the first to type that Del, sounds like the Nags is attempting to keep up with the criminal element of the surrounding area!
whisky_diet - 17 Jul 2012 10:21
Watch out if paying by card. You may find your bill is higher than you expected.

delpus - 16 Jul 2012 21:23
One of the best pubs in Reading,unsurpassed range of beers available on 12 hand pumps arranged by strength.I settled for the low end of strength and had a very nice pint of Loddon Hoppit.
Picasso09 - 21 Jun 2012 21:41
This pub demonstrates that people still love a good simple pub. Great selection of real ales and ciders - dart board and lots of old fashion conversation. Dodgy area so what ? This is a pub that attracts a clientele that loves pub life.
JimmyJazz - 12 Jun 2012 16:12
best pub in reading
littlecon - 10 Jun 2012 11:53
I'd have to agree with the majority of negative reviews below; a dodgy pub with a very dodgy clientle. Mind you considering it is located on Oxford Road this should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain.
Waitrose_Ernie - 10 Jun 2012 10:18
Staff at the Nags Head, watch for customers who ask for a tab and then can't remember how much they've drunk when it's time to settle up. They'll be the same ones that go home so drunk they put their slanderous reviews on BITE twice!
pubinspectors - 10 May 2012 11:01
watch out if paying by card. They have repeatedly tried to overcharge us on the total.
delpus - 16 Apr 2012 03:26
watch out if paying by card. They have repeatedly tried to overcharge us on the total.
delpus - 16 Apr 2012 03:26
Obviously chelsea greg and waitrose ernie are either (a) one in the same or (b) trying too hard to chat me up!!
mcroyal - 22 Feb 2012 22:56
Called in for the first time on Saturday during a day out/beer crawl from London. Excellent pub with a superb beer selection, and well worth the 10-15minute walk from Reading station. Seemed friendly and had a lively atmosphere. Busy enough at 3/4pm on a Saturday afternoon to obviously be doing something right. Good pies too - but order early or you may be left with only the veggie option...
derekwinchester - 19 Feb 2012 15:15
This is indeeed an excellent ale pub, but it has one drawback which seems to be getting worse as time goes by. It is far too noisy when busy. There seem to be 2 main reasons for this.
- It is a rather bare rectangular room and there's not much sound damping. I would think this could be improved by adding some damping material on the walls and ceiling
- There is always recorded music playing - usually quite good stuff if you like '60s rock - but when the conversation starts getting loud, they turn the volume up, so people have to talk louder, so they turn the volume up more ... The simple solution is just turn off the CD player when it starts getting noisy.
The Nag's is a pub I usually visit when in Reading but recently I've been going less often, purely because I get a headache before I've finished my 2nd pint! It's not a town centre bar aimed at teenagers, it's basically a community pub where you should be able to have a conversation without shouting.
newbury_drinker - 29 Jan 2012 18:02
Not a review as such but just to let you know we are now newly opened as Readings newest Gay pub. New tennants, new decor, new atmosphere. All are welcome so pop in for a beer and a bite to eat. An update to the info on this site will follow soon.
chelsea_greg - 28 Jan 2012 14:53
OK - for the help of Beer Spotter and others: Going "Free of Tie" means that the pub can now buy its beers from whichever brewery it chooses and not simply from those previously approved by the Pubco owners. Yes there is a terrific range of 12 beers but the selection will now be even better so watch out for new breweries and a wider choice of brews!! Hope that clears things up.
p.s.
mcroyal - 11 Jan 2012 09:21
Went in on Wednesday early evening in December. Always a pleasure to visit this Real Ale mecca. Confused about the last comment about free of tie as they always have 12 real ales on and I know of no other pub that can boast this on a tied pub. Anyway, great atmosphere in this pub and knowledgable staff. Board games available to while away the time too. On my visit had Castle Rock - Sherrif's Tipple, Red Squirrel - RSX, Binghams - Old Ale & West Berks - Leggat.
Beer_Spotter - 2 Jan 2012 17:06
The Nags has now gone free of tie so expect an even wider selection of real ale. They've also started doing bottled Belgian beers and even more draught ciders.
mcroyal - 21 Dec 2011 12:31
Great pub for locals or strangers. Had Sarah Hughes - Pale Amber & Frys - Haven on my visit. Both served well.
Beer_Spotter - 26 Nov 2011 16:17
It's all been said below: Great pub with the best choice of beer in Reading. No sign of it becoming a gay pub as claimed by Jeb Crane(below).
baxterfish - 14 Nov 2011 20:29
Loads of ales & for my quick visit I had Ramsbury Silver Shadow Stout - very nice indeed.
Booze_Allen - 13 Nov 2011 17:08
Visited 4 November with friends. Absolutely wonderful place. Great beer, swift and friendly service and the only negative thing was the noise- understandable since the place was packed. Best pub for miles.
micksimm - 6 Nov 2011 13:44
Bring back the town's favourite skankage; LAURA. She is a sight for sore eyes cor blimey guv'nor!
camra_colin - 3 Sep 2011 15:01
The Nags Head used to be a decent ale house but since becoming a homosexual haunt standards have clearly dropped. I am not homophobic in any shape or form but it has to be said; enough is enough. It wouldn't be so bad if the pub hadn't formerly been a Royals favourite but to go from footie bar to fudgey bar is a step too drastic I fear!
Jeb_Crane - 3 Sep 2011 12:47
My favourite pub. Loads of ales, some Reading FC stuff, a bus to and from the stadium, but even if you're not into football this remains a cosy traditional boozer. A corner at the back for darts, piano, you get the idea. Love it.
Richard_ReadingFC - 1 Sep 2011 12:19
I heard one of the owners wanted to turn it into a hairdressers. What a merchant!

Thankfully this isn't going ahead and it will remain the best pub in Reading :)
sammyboyscott - 24 Aug 2011 23:23
great pub, good range of beer, music was a bit loud to talk though, will be back
littlecon - 10 Apr 2011 09:40
A large open bar which had a dozen or so ales on. Didn't realise the ales were lined up according to strength... ended up with a pint of Loddon Bamboozle, which was nice but more headbang than I wanted. This is reading's 'premier ale' pub and does indeed have a greater selection of well kept ales than anywhere else in the town. It is worth the trek out to.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 Mar 2011 23:08
Bloody good Windsor black IPA
guestale - 1 Mar 2011 16:56
This pub is a rare gem. Awesomely kept ales and plenty of them at all times (around 10-12). Ales cycle frequently so there is always variety.

The pub also has many large screens dotted around creating a great atmosphere for sport events etc..

Landlord will occasionally do summer BBQ's and puts on live bands as well as accomodating outside large screen when an event like the world cup would justify.

A credit to Reading and simply one of the best pubs in the UK.

ColBol - 19 Dec 2010 02:11
The Nags Head in Reading is absolutely amazing for real ale. I love it and so does everyone that i know. I have been a regular at the Nags for at least a couple of years now and without a doubt it is the best pub I have ever found, not only for the real ale selection (12 handpumps) but also for the quality of beer and friendly staff. This is definitely heaven for me and I will visit at every opportunity. Ales available on my most recent visit were; Tring Mansion Mild, Andwell Gold Muddler, Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Stout, Weltons Hurricane, Three Castles Fire Cracker, Loddon Ferrymans Gold, Tring MoonGazer, Vale of Glamorgan Tiger Would, Otter Poppy Otter, FFF Witches Promise, Tring Colleys Dog and Ascot Anastasias Exile Stout........ale heaven. The only regret is that I didn't register on beerinthevenening before today to let the world know how I feel about the Nags Head, possibly the best pub in the world and without a doubt the best pub in Reading.
ale_ninja - 7 Nov 2010 01:23
Excellent as ever. Sets the standard for beer in Reading. Unfortunately no live sex show from LAURAEVA.
baxterfish - 13 Oct 2010 10:03
Still a great pub, but it's a shame that so many people feel the same, as it can get really busy, especially at the weekend. (If Reading FC are at home on a Saturday, visiting between 2.30 and 5.30 is probably your best bet.)

Having said that, the staff are fantastically efficient and you'll never have to wait long to be served one of their interesting and well-kept pints. There's always a good selection of bitters around the 4% mark, a mild and the "silly stuff" on the left-hand side of the bar (sometimes it's really silly: 8% stout anyone?!).

I heart the Nag's. Totally.
beerPrincess - 1 Sep 2010 17:58
Laura was banned from the Nag's about a year ago for engaging in exlpicit sexual act at the bar on a Sunday afternoon with a couple of men in front of all our customers. The Nag's is a family pub and children were present for the Sunday lunch session.
nagsmanagement - 14 Aug 2010 12:40
Most bigoted pub in Reading ...
If you're not white, heterosexual, middle class ... avoid !
lauraeva - 9 Aug 2010 21:04
Really troubles me that Ted & Mico (licensees) are so judgemental about gender issues ... not a gay friendly pub ... (DOH & I'm not gay) ... a crap place really ... yup a really crap establishment where most clients don't realise the censures that are happening !
And stuff like bar "propper up", Clive, an ex neighbour, who said he didn't know me ... how does that feel ?
Shame 'cos their beer can be OK (but can be soo off at times) and Ted always chose some decent wines ... and some crap wines too ...
Worst pub in Reading but should be amongst the best !!!!!
Laura -
lauraeva - 9 Aug 2010 20:55
There are some styles on Real Ale I'm not too keen on, luckily this is quite rare, but I ventured my opinion to the bar manager about a beer I really thought was rather 'odd', I suspect it was rather 'sulphurous' using the Burton union brewing method. Rather than getting defensive, the Bar Manager took my comments seriously, pulled a glass for himself to taste, pulled a second pint in case it had gone off in the pipes and offered me an alternative beer should I want one. As the overtones I smelt in the beer weren't of vinegar and it tasted better than it smelt I stuck with my original beer. I think this is probably the best customer service I've had in a pub. I went in for 1 pint after my shopping and came out having consumed 4. This is a very hard pub to leave!
Abteilung - 6 Aug 2010 14:15
Traditional pub with Daily Papers, Books, Darts, and an abundance of board games.

The Staff, Customers,Beer & Wine all have great character.

Unquestionably the friendliest pub in Reading, with a mixed age range, so a must for anyone new to Reading.


vk_mayhem - 5 Jul 2010 16:23
What a great pub - about a dozen beers to choose from, and a good selection of real (i.e. 70's rock) music.
Too good to miss.
ed_hodge - 2 Jun 2010 20:31
Easily the best pub in Reading and one of the best in the country. 12 real ales from micro breweries, 4 ciders, a huge range of Scottish and Irish whiskeys. It has a very good wine list too. They also sell Lager and soft drinks. Add to this a room full of customers of all ages enjoying each others company and you have a pub that's difficult to fault.
beerbellygraham - 15 Apr 2010 14:01
second pub on my reading visit. . . .

Lots of beer, some in good condition, some not so good, probably been on a while. A strange pub with only one large room that could do with breaking up. Prefer a bit of character but that could be me.

If i was walking out of town i would head to the retreat tbh.
Jay73 - 14 Apr 2010 13:59
Good pub with plenty of decent beer, however can lack a little in atmosphere if you catch a it in a rare quiet moment. A must visit if in Reading.
willothewisp - 10 Apr 2010 15:20
A thoroughly good pub. I spent a few hours with some work colleagues sampling the various ales available at the Nags Head. What a joy, good beer well kept. Pubs do not get much better than this.
grayguy - 28 Mar 2010 17:04
Absolutely cracking pub, really friendly, great selection of real ales, and brilliant staff. By far the best part of the day, then again, the way Bristol City 'played', that is no great achievement. Thanks to all the great staff, and hope to see you again next season.
Dylanwing - 13 Mar 2010 20:48
visited pub on a friday lunchtime and was blown away by the Real Ale and cider on offer!!
This must be one of the best pubs in the south of England!!
Very friendly staff,and was shown the cellar by the landlord, asolutely fantastic!
Stop reading and get down and visit this superb venue!!!!
quinboy66 - 9 Mar 2010 07:34
In a word: perfect. Now Reading's best pub and one of my favourite pubs outside Belgium. If you only visit one pub in Reading make it the Nag's Head.
baxterfish - 23 Feb 2010 13:55
Great pub with good beer and friendly staff. Pity about the pub bores though.
BELAM - 23 Jan 2010 08:31
Called in last week, brilliant pub, great selection of beer and very friendly staff especially Lola.
stevethepubinspector - 6 Jan 2010 10:47
Dropped in here while visiting family over Christmas and was blown away! best selection of beers I think I've ever seen and the staff were polite and seemed to really enjoy talking to customers.

Definitely recommending this to my Reading friends!
MikeRR - 3 Jan 2010 23:55
I'm not quite sure how I have never visited this pub before, but have now put this right - and what a great place it is. OK, there's the ale, a pub feature that can often skew ratings on this site (see the superbly stocked but otherwise average Wenlock Arms in London) but the pub also gets it right on other levels. The board games are a nice touch, as are the unintrusive screens and the opportunity to chow down on pies from the cross town Sweeney and Todd. It's a real ale paradise for sure, but a lot more as well.
BoehmBawerk - 25 Oct 2009 12:53
Superb hospitable pub with twelve different micro-brews on handpump, all at 2.80 per pint. Also good value food.
Looking forward to launch here tomorrow evening of new Reading micro-brewery and also hopefully finally getting around to trying the Downton Orange Chocolate Stout before it disappears!
alefellowwellmet - 18 Oct 2009 21:51
Wonderful - one of my top 5 lifetime pubs (and I've been drinking for at least 40 years!) My only gripe is that the music is sometimes too loud. It also gets crowded especially before Reading FC home games - but empties completely when the bus leaves for the stadium. Friendly staff, good reasonably-priced pub food, great beer at very fair prices for the area.
newbury_drinker - 16 Oct 2009 16:07
Popped in here again yesterday. Why can't all pubs be like this? 12 stunning ales on tap. Tried most of them!! Even though it was packed it had a lovely chilled out atmosphere. There were all sorts of different people in there young and old. A group of metallers in one corner and a load of football fans in another. Not a single crossed word between them. Perfect!!! You really can't get better than this place. I recommend it to everyone I know
winstone - 4 Oct 2009 17:56
Brilliant Pub. superb pint of IPA (forgotten the name) and a good mid saturday atmosphere made for an enjoyable trip
guestale - 22 Sep 2009 18:48
Escellent selection of beers. Friendly staff. My only minor fault would be as it is only one large room and there was a dart match going on when I visited, it was understandably a little noisy.
If I am in the area again I will return
doncaosdelanada - 10 Sep 2009 13:28
The terrible weather played havoc with my pub visits in Reading but one place I would not miss was the Nags Head. What a friendly lot of locals, you must remember me I ran my mrs whellchair over a few toes on the way out. Great beers , to many to remember. Fantastic pies. This is the way I remember pubs of days gone by. Plain and simple places, no carpet or fancy furnishings. Yes I am waxing lyrical but so have many others in the past and will do in the future.
Thanks to everyone in the Nags Head for making our visit a pleasant and memorable one. I will, nay must , return.
bee578 - 10 Sep 2009 10:42
fantastic pub. great beer. love it. no hooligans, lovely locals
It's pleasure to drink and socialise here - i want more pubs like this.

carloyster - 7 Sep 2009 01:05
This is a really excellent pub.12 real ales & Sweeney's pies. What more could you want?
Normlikesbeer - 20 Aug 2009 19:04
Great pub - fantastic range of lagers, ales and ciders and good mix of people for a chilled out saturday night. Current favourite pub in Reading.
averagetwentysomething - 26 Jul 2009 18:57
If you are an ale drinker you will struggle to find a better pub then the Nags. I absolutely love it in there. I wish I could get there more often then I do as the list of ales is forever changing. Keep it up, you are doing a fantastic job
winstone - 17 Jul 2009 14:22
Update - continues to improve and achieve very high standards whilst not compromising on customer service or prices. This now become my default choice for a pint or two in Reading.

Well done to everyone behind the bar.
Quinno - 13 Jul 2009 14:11
This pub is fantastic and I would consider moving to Reading so I could be closer to it!! 12 real ales on and as there were 4 of us we bought a 4 pint pitcher working out at 2.50 a pint, bargain. The Stonehenge Eye Opener was superb and we ended up staying for 6 hours and tried at least 7 ales all superbly kept of course. I will definately be back as soon as possible. I wish there were more pubs like this but unfortunatley they are a dying breed.
bish80 - 5 Jul 2009 14:39
Well what can I say. This pub has been better and better on each visit. Incredibly (genuinely!!!) friendly landlords and staff who are passionate about the business they're in,along with an astounding range of ale. And again,good people behind the bar means good people,with no attitude problems,in front the bar. There should be a pub like this in every city in the country-these guys have got it SO right.

For the record-Sat May 30th-THE ALE=
Wolf-Wolf in Sheeps Clothing
Ascot-On the Rails
Triple FFF-Altons Pride,Moondance
Loddon-Rin Tin Tin
Vale-Black Beauty
Marlow-Rebellion Mutiny
Butts-Barbus Barbus
Hopback-Summer Lightning
Art Brew-Tempest Stout
Weltons-Red Cross Mild.

The coming soons-
White Horse-Black Beauty
Downton-Maroon Makers Mild
Butts-Traditional
Ramsbury-Kennet Valley
Triple FFF-Apache Rose Peacock
Hammerpot-Woodcote Bitter
Ringwood-49er
West Berks-Dr Hexters Healer
Downton-Chimera Ipa
Rugby-Egg Chaser.
All 2.80 a pint.

The music-BOWIE to ROXY to U2 to THE DARKNESS to LILY ALLEN. Or who knows what....lol thanks Jody!!!!! (SPARKS,CURE,STRANGLERS......)

A must visit as often said before. Might go back today!
an_ecunemical_matter - 6 Jun 2009 12:46
Not going to grumble about 12 ales - I tried a mild and stout during the last day of the premier league, they had 3 TV's showing 3 games. Such a shame to leave, this pub is a continous beer festival.
Booze_Allen - 1 Jun 2009 15:20
It's the Reading & Mid Berks CAMRA pub of the year for 2009, so very well done and richly deserved. 12 real ales adorn the bar, sourced from the more interesting breweries, something that appeals to a beer snob like me. it's May so a few milds were on, nice to see them supporting this style of beer. I had 2 pints here mid way through a pub crawl of Reading (and Goring of all places!) and their beer was the best.
Abteilung - 25 May 2009 17:55
Excellent pub, excellent beer and range (tried the West Berkshire Maggs) only (very minor) grump being the pub is a bit souless if you're in there on a wet afternoon with only 1 or 2 other customers. Well worth a 8.
steve2000 - 24 May 2009 11:28
What can I add that has not been said before. The beer is consistantly great, the bar stuff very friendly and the general ambiance welcoming. I love this pub and have not taken to going there 2 or 3 times a week to sample the beers on offer that change so rapidly you are tempted never to leave.

I have seen young and old here all enjoying themselves and for many I am sure this is their first taste of real ale. Many lager drinkers have seen the light and moved to ale after drinking in this pub. The food is good and wholesome and I only wish they would serve it for longer as I usually get in after 7pm when the food ends.

If I had one criticism it would be the issue around the Reading football coach but as I know when they are playing, I avoid the pub.
reading_ale - 17 May 2009 19:07
This must be one of the best pubs anywhere - and in the try before you die category.
BJBeer - 15 May 2009 23:46
Best pub in Reading!
palinlover - 15 May 2009 13:31
Walked in at 5 to 12. Pub almost empty but bar staff attentive, without being overly so. Pint of Arkell's Moonlight was excellent and pub was filling up when I left at 20 past 12.
Overall very good, and I liked the list of beers, and forthcoming beers, on blackboards over the bar.
steve2000 - 15 May 2009 12:55
Award winning real ale specialist pub to the west of the City Centre, just off the Oxford Road, but within easy walking distance of the centre.

It's recently won the award for Reading and mid-Berks CAMRA pub of the year and is listed in the 2009 GBG

A trademark Morlands tile on the outside brickwork evidences this pub's former ownership. I gather it's now owned by a small group of customers. It's invariably better when pubs are run by drinkers as pubs and not run as "retail outlets" by big pubco's and their marketing departments.

The pub is a largish single bar with a bank of 12 handpumps serving an ever changing selection of beers, seemingly concentrating on micros. On my visit last Saturday afternoon, both the Rebellion Mutiny Mild ( 2.80p ) and the Butts Barbus Barbus were found to be fine tasty pints served in perfect condition and temperature.

Moveable boards above the bar tells you what beers are currently on and what's coming next.The pub's pint glasses have an inscription - " A beer festival 365 days of the year" which sums things up pretty well to me.

In one corner of the pub is a dartboard. Here there is some interesting Reading F C memorabilia, some of which relates back to the old ground - Elm Park - which used to be nearby.

The pub has 2 plasma TV's. The small one in the corner by the dartboard was showing ( without any sound ) the Millwall v Leeds play off fixture, but was not attracting much interest. The main TV was showing motor racing with the sound on, but not at a volume that I would consider intrusive.

There's a very impressive collection of beer mats and pump clips adorning the ceiling and walls, together with several posters advertising forthcoming CAMRA beer festivals.

Food is offered at certain times of the day, including on Sunday "Sylvia's and Lola's Sunday Roasts - 7" and a full English breakfast on Saturday mornings. From what I saw on other customers plates, the breakfast could be described as hearty and substantial.

Internally, decor wise, the pub perhaps lacks some of the character of other noteworthy real ale championing pubs such as Derby's Brunswick Inn, Stockport's Crown or the Fat Cats of Sheffield and Norwich, but in all other respects, it's there or thereabouts and I would categorise this as a "must visit" pub when in Reading.

Finally, it's pleasing to see that the pub management are BITE readers. Inserted in the pub's leatherbound menu is a download of the latest reviews of this pub from the BITE website. So, if you're a customer currently reading this while you're sat in the pub supping your pint, I hope you are enjoying your visit as much as I did. Cheers !
JohnBonser - 11 May 2009 13:27
A great single room bar with plenty of character and a wide variety of 12 ever changing real ales. During our visit the beers on offer were Ascot Exile Stout, Rugby Cement, West Berkshire Dr Hexters Healer, Oakleaf I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter, Irving Illustrious, Wolf Straw Dog, White Horse Giant, Triple F Moondance, Brass Monkey Golden Monkey, Appleford Brightwell Gold, York Guzzler and Ballards Midhurst Mild. I was slightly disappointed by the cider selection - just Stowford Press and Old Rosie. But otherwise this seemed like a great popular town centre pub. The number of beer mats adorning the ceiling is quite impressive.
blue_scrumpy - 5 May 2009 21:07
Went here for a pint and a pie last saturday (after getting lost and receiving perfect directions form a helpful stranger, thanks). Really friendly place with excellent selection of well kept beers.
Highly recommended!!!
Foreman - 7 Apr 2009 13:24
Pub for the Real Ale enthusiast. Worth a go.
PubMessenger - 30 Mar 2009 10:13
Absolutely love this pub. This is how pubs should be - friendly, great beer. Just we lived nearer than the 30 minute fast walk away, although our livers would probably disagree.
jammyrhona - 20 Mar 2009 11:48
12 top notch real ales, excellent food (Pies or breakfast), friendly and helpful staff, and a bus to/ from the Madejski from the pub. Pubs don't get much better than this, and we hope that Bristol City and Reading are in the same League next year so that we can visit again. Thanks to all of the staff for making us feel so welcome.
Dylanwing - 21 Feb 2009 21:27
Second only to the Hobgoblin in a town of largely dreary pubs, my first visit but certainly not the last. More of a main stream real ale pub than the Hobgoblin but not unrewarding for keg drinkers with varied tastes. 12 pumps in action on two magnificent six pull sets, all clearly labelled above the bar, all microbreweries, all well kept. Facilities include a big screen over the door, and a dart board in the corner. Dcor is very traditional but with daft lampshades made out of malt whisky tubes. Needless to say the customers are largely male and aged 25-65.

anonymous - 16 Feb 2009 11:41
what a pleasant surprise! wonderful selection of ales: certainly the best selection in the town. welcoming & friendly service. decent atmosphere even on a quiet midweek lunchtime, and the big open fire added to the warmth. landlord & staff deserve compliments and every success in future. hope to visit again soon.
hitthewoodwork - 12 Feb 2009 21:33
I had to pay a visit to the famous Nags Head and wasnt disappointed. 12 hand pumps and the chalkboard running across the top of the bar with whats on each pump now and whats coming next was very useful. It was clear from this that they try to ensure a variety of different ales is always available. Quite a large room that can get busy on match days when a shuttle bus is available to and from the ground for a small fee. This service extends to visiting fans as well who are welcomed in the pub. Great real ale pub, put it on the list for a visit if you havent been already.

Millay - 2 Feb 2009 21:14
A great drinkers pub, somewhere between the Wellington and the ale-based pubs in Edinburgh. Some really lovely touches, like games , memorabilia and beer labelling. Beer was good if not brilliant, but I'd like to test further ! Not to everyones tastes - doubt I'd take my children ther, but seems to attract a decent range of adults. Probably in British Top 50 pubs.
mtaylor40 - 13 Jan 2009 22:21
Went there on recommendations from BITE reviews. Was not disappointed. Excellent beer, tastings not a problem, fair pricing, warm fire, nice mix of people. Would go there more frequently if I lived in Reading. Some of the people I went with thought the area was a bit scuzzy but as they mostly herald from nice twee villages I guess it was a minro ulture shock. Don't be put off. This pub is well worth checking out.
FieryJack - 3 Jan 2009 22:10
I visited the Nags Head recently as the first stop on a Reading ale crawl. Turns out it was the last stop as well. We could not bear to move on, due to the great range of beer (different styles well represented as well), friendly atmosphere and so on. One of the best pubs I've had the pleasure of visiting.
dpv - 19 Dec 2008 17:29
I noted the bers on Saturday before the Saints game so here they are: B & T Edwin Taylor Extra Stout, Ballards Wassail, Chalk Stream Ramsbury, Three Castles King Alfred's Gold, Wolf Straw Dog, Triple fff Moondance, White Horse Village Idiot, Wadworths Horizon, Rugby Webb Ellis, Milestone Plot & Treason, West Berks Magg's Mild. Basically a great range of styles and strengths with something for everyone. Even better they have blackboards over each pump giving the current and next beer on. The following beer is a similar style and strength. Basic food, only had a breakfast up to 1pm then it was pie, very good even so. Barman recommened a taste of the Webb Ellis as it was a little odd.

Excellent pub.
GuideDogSaint - 23 Nov 2008 16:07
Whoever said the beers were tired has another agenda or tired tastebuds. Although it has 12 beers they are always in tip top condition. Also they do dark beers - often a rarity. Food, though limited, is real home made and staff actually know their beers and are helpful and friendly. I joined CAMRA in 1980 but have not yet found a better pub beerwise.
PJ42 - 10 Sep 2008 22:32
I popped in here prior to a Reading v Spurs game last season based on the excellent reviews and almost perma-Top 40 status. Whilst the pub is fairly plain and not particularly alluring (both externally and internally), the beers and the welcome more than made up for any aesthetic shortcomings. The interior is one knocked through room, quite plain and basic with a dart board, piano, a selection of board games and a log fire for the winter nights (this was January). There are 2 large plasma screens for sport and a decent selection of music when I was there (not sure if it was piped or a juke box). Pictures of the Madjeski Stadium and the old Elm Park ground adorn the walls alongside signed shirts and ticket stubs. An increasing number of Beer clips expand along the walls and I dare say they will eventually take over given the rotating selection of beers that are on offer. 12 pumps with such a weird and wonderful choice that I didnt even bother to note them down. I just started at one end before the match and then went from the opposite end after. Whether I met in the middle I dont recall. I wasnt sure how the locals would take to me attired in my Spurs kit but the staff and punters could not have been more accommodating. We all rubbed shoulders on the shuttle bus to the ground and enjoyed some post match banter and celebrations (me) / commiserations (them) back in the NH afterwards. I understand that this place used to be a bit of a no go hell hole and, if so, it acts as a fine example of what can be achieved with a bit of hard work, effort and imagination.
RogerB - 31 Aug 2008 12:53
a pub run by those who know what a good pub should be like:start with good atmosphere, beer and bar staff; add not-too-loud but high quality music; add a dash of big screen sports when necessary; plus proper-not-processed food (for wimps); mix in customer-oriented benefits like a coach to Reading FC, BBQ when sunny, outside seating (not only for smokers), darts, etc.; keep it clean, peaceful and medium-priced. Result: happy landlords (all five of whom work behind the bar at various times) and even happier customers. Hic. Nine out of ten ... nah, the full ten. Now, how DID I get home last Friday night?
mikefenning - 12 Aug 2008 13:07
Absolutely brilliant pub! I would recommend this to anyone who likes good beer. 10/10
Ehm - 4 Aug 2008 00:03
I went in there recently and tried 4 diffferent bitters. Whilst all were drinkable, I'd describe them all as "tired" - none was good enough to temp me to buy a second pint of the same. Perhaps I was just unlucky but personally I'd rather have fewer beers of better quality than lots of tired beer that, I guess, weren't turning over too fast.
cheshirecat - 16 Jun 2008 14:36
This is a fantactic place. It is a special place. 12 well selected beers. Its special! 9/10
daybyday - 24 May 2008 19:12
Fantastic friendly pub with amazing beer including milds'stouts,porters etc.Absolute must-visit.
baxterfish - 20 May 2008 15:11
Astounding ale pub just off the Oxford Road. Well kept and diverse choice of real ales, also offering take aways. Worth a trip to Reading just to visit this pub.
dpv - 19 May 2008 10:54
10 ales on with the next to come after each also marked up - great quality when I have been in and sport on the TV - Truly Outstanding! Wish the prices hadn't just gone up though
beefbeerandbaps - 13 May 2008 15:44
GREAT BEER, GREAT STAFF, GREAT FOOD, GREAT PUNTERS AND BREWERY TRIP TO TRIPLE FFF WAS EXCELLENT
fatboy261180 - 1 May 2008 13:53
What a turn-around! SO much better now. Great little pub, Carry on the good work Bar Keep!
palinlover - 27 Mar 2008 16:20
Beer quality has improved a lot over the last few months (believe me it wasnt great quite often when they first opened) - exponentially in tune with the increased patronage, so turnover must be up quite a bit. Impressed they've stuck with the 12 and didn't reduce the range - it's beginning to pay dividends as its fast becoming an attraction for drinkers outside the immediate Reading area.

Has a great community atmosphere, buzzing most nights and really friendly too (impressive in itself given the closeness of the Oxford Road). Lots of thought going into ways to punters in - the bus to the Madejski Stadium on match days (shared with the Foresters) is a great example. The management team are doing extremely well, to their credit. This place, a wet-led pub is booming whilst many others are failing. Food is evolving but still fairly basic stuff, which suits most punters fine.

'Something' for everyone' - a good way to describe this place, a miracle turnaround from the Greedy King owned (and soon to be discarded due to poor turnover in advance of the smoking ban) pit I encountered on my first visit - see post 14 Sept 06.

Well done everyone at the Nags. Just keep that beer quality up from opening time onwards, it has let you down occasionally. Otherwise, would heartily recommend for an evening or weekend session.
Quinno - 18 Feb 2008 22:17
Now my firm favourite. Always a joy to walkin and see what beer is available. It has gone from having a few busy nights a week to everynight a busy night and a great crowd of people drinking there.
cmara_bloke - 27 Jan 2008 13:25
Worked my way through six of the twelve handpulls at a mates leaving do held here last week, great venue, 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 17 Jan 2008 12:37
This pub really goes from strength to strength. It's frequented by a barmy, but lovely bunch of regulars, and this single woman always feels welcome and safe.

The food is brilliant, the beer is varied and well kept.

Usually, I wouldn't like a "pub for everyone," on the basis that it probably wouldn't do a good selection of ale, wine, lager or softies, but this place really does have it all.

I love it!
beerPrincess - 16 Jan 2008 22:41
First time I've used BITE having left my Good Beer Guide back at base, but it turned up a cracker first time! Fantastic collection of beers, two changed during my visit. Well done the Nag's Head and well done BITE
roamin - 16 Jan 2008 10:48
A very well regarded, and now much loved, pub indeed. Previously a basic spit and sawdust affair, this was taken on by new owners over a year ago, cleaned up and given a new direction. The first non smoking pub in Reading - well before the legislation.
A great selection of real ales as well as wine. A small, but good, food menu. Great music selection. The staff are all friendly and this makes for great atmosphere in the pub.
If you thought all real ale pubs were a bit careworn and scruffy, check this place out - it was cleaned up and they intend to keep it that way!
Laptop_Baz - 15 Jan 2008 08:23
Mericet, absolutely agree with you that the Nags Head is a gem of a pub.

Can't agree that the south is the place to be for real ale though. Get yourself upto York if you want to see a proper real ale town. :)
lee100378 - 12 Jan 2008 11:39
Oh lee100378 - the South is the place to be for Real Ale, as the Nags Head has just started to show you! Glad you liked this true gem of a pub!

With 12 real ales, it's one of the best pubs for real ale fans. They also do great pies (from Sweeny Todds) and a fair selection of wine too. I've been going since it opened last January and it's been getting better and better - it initially lacked atmosphere but now it's become established, more people go so that's not a problem any more.
Great Pub!
mericet - 10 Jan 2008 18:58
Fantastic alehouse with the best range of real ales I've ever experienced in a British pub. As a northerner who thought the best the south had to offer was London 'dishwater' Pride the local ales in the Nags Head never fail to deliver.

They also have a good range of lagers for the wives and girlfriends of the real ale drinkers.
lee100378 - 10 Jan 2008 18:49
CarolineNo - is that all you ask for in a pub, a full glass? - my, you're easily pleased, eh? ;~) Happy New Year BTW.
mic_mac - 31 Dec 2007 16:27
Never had a bad pint and never need to ask to be topped up. No other pub comes close.
CarolineNo - 31 Dec 2007 12:10
As mnchened elsewhere - great range of very well-kept beer, but I had 2 little gripes - the inaudible voice or bell calling "time" - had we 3 friends (who'd not seen each other in years) heard this, we would have stocked up with another of their fine beers, but we were given short shrift after having been there for a couple of hours - por show folks. Though whether my mildly p*ssedly inadvertently yet proudly shouting out the tricky anser to one of their quiz questions had anything to do with this, I'm not sure! To SarahHops - yes, it is a bit "barny" & the red lino on the floor doesn't make for a warm atmosphere, but otherwise it's OK. My only other, other gripe/request is for a few more pics of the pub on this website, as they are sorely lacking here ;~)
mic_mac - 30 Dec 2007 15:37
SarahHops must have had bad luck - the pub has been busy the last few times I've been. Mind you, perhaps Sarah & I have different tastes - I see she's a fan of the Fisherman's Cottage which, as far as I'm concerned, has lost the plot of late.
believeinbutter - 27 Dec 2007 17:29
I was expecting great things after having read the reviews here but was very disappointed when I visited. It may have lots of beers but it seemed to have a total lack of atmosphere. I might as well have visited the local off license.
SarahHops - 26 Dec 2007 16:18
Only one criticism : the music is often way too loud.
BinBagBob - 16 Dec 2007 12:36
The pub Reading has been waiting for for as long as I can remember. Not much I can add to that which has been said by others - they are all right and this pub is exactly what a pub should be. It's a bit of a trek from my house but I'm making this a regular haunt. Fantastic.
alanovich - 11 Dec 2007 15:59
Revisited Sat & the only problem with a superb range of 12 handpumps on offer is that I failed, again, to make a note to report them to you here. Suffice to say do not leave Reading without stopping in the Nags Head.
trainman - 3 Dec 2007 13:36
Well paid my second visit here on the way to the Reading v Boro match. All the beer tried was excellent, Sweeney and Todd pie very nice too. Add to that a bus laid on to the ground for 2 return, freindly locals and great bar staff. In case you couldn't tell I like this place!It was nice to see the place full - great pubs should be!
Alfnoax - 3 Dec 2007 11:09
Faultless on my current visit,present tense being used thanx to the pubs free whyfi! Great beer,a great welcome and sound punters. Pogues on the stereo,and have even been invited to join the pubs regulars on their xmas bus trip to see them live! The Hogs Back Hop Garden Gold was the winner tonight. Had an excellent Cottage Pie. This pub deserves a visit,there are only a few like it. Up a click to 9/10.
an_ecunemical_matter - 20 Nov 2007 19:51
Awesome range of real ale, friendly service, cracking value. Worth the trip for Reading from far and wide. A whole pub-crawl in just one pub.
eddieman - 19 Nov 2007 00:29
Despite being Reading born and bred, I had never set foot in this pub until three days ago, mainly due to the awful reputation it and the surrounding streets have had for more years than I can recall.
However, having heard all about the re-launch and the "permanent beer festival" there these days, we took a punt.
Large single room pub, with a dozen hand-pumps lined up, each beers name displayed on a chalkboard above the pumps, along with the beer lined up to come on next. Excellent idea. All real ales at one price - 2.50, which is, for Reading, quite reasonable. All beer tasted - five on our visit - was in excellent condition. Lively, chatty atmosphere. Very friendly and competent staff, toilets absolutely spotless - always a sign of a regime that actually gives a hoot.
A hugely welcome addition to the limited range of decent pubs in the town...
Gristy - 12 Nov 2007 14:39
What a great pub - real good selection of ales, decent food and very freindly and efficient bar staff!
Alfnoax - 11 Nov 2007 10:19
Top Golsh think they might do a bit of real ale
Goodlooking women at times behind bar


gashomes - 9 Nov 2007 00:36
A message for user " an_ecunemical_matter" The open fire is fixed.
Riggers - 29 Oct 2007 09:41
What a fantastic pub. Visited over the last 3 evenings, last night being the rugby World cup final. 12 Real Ales always on tap and from what I can tell, absolutely top notch.
Only been going since February with these owners and I wish them all good fortune for the future, because this will join the legendary pubs list at this rate.
Imaginative Wine List and Food, the whole package is great, perhaps the seating and surrounding could do with improving, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
imdownthepub - 21 Oct 2007 12:19
Fast becomming my local, bus ride away but well worth it...
tom12344 - 20 Oct 2007 14:37
This pub is just brilliant, an example to all landlords on how to run a pub.

Friday evening is my favorite, dayly special is a "Sweeny Todds" pie and mash for 6 pounds. Sweeny Todds is a pie shop on castle street in reading and make the best pies I have ever had.

Punters, staff all fiendly and the beer is second to non. If its even just a bit suspect its taken off and returned to the brewery.

Think the rush to give this pub a load of zero scores to kick it off the top is really just shabby. But they have a printout behind the bar with it on the top...
rd250lc - 20 Oct 2007 14:21
Sorry to see the usual ridiculous pile-on once this pub hit the top 40 list. Business at usual at BITE.
I just wish the raters who scramble to give low reviews to new "top" pubs would pause to write a review while they do so. Errr, unless they're "smiff" or some of his alter egos.

Of course i'm sure the ratings will gradually equalize over time and this pub will find its rightful place. Reviews suggest it is very much worth visiting.
anonymous - 19 Oct 2007 15:53
Didn't realise my review and rating yesterday was the 25th for this pub thus putting it No 1,but how sad that someone saw fit to give it a spiteful ZERO,explaining how it went from 8.8 to 8.5 so quickly. (And actually I didn't give it 10,I gave it 8.)

Pub is well worth a visit,yes it was actually better than the beerfest I was on the way to!!!!!!
an_ecunemical_matter - 19 Oct 2007 11:34
Visited on way to Twickenham beer festival and am sorry I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cos with 12 ales on I need not have bothered with the beer festival at all. My 2 pints were top notch,White Horse Wayland Smithy(a personal fav) and Appleford River crossing. Amazingly clean and fresh. Will be lovely in the winter if the landlord gets the fire fixed.......
an_ecunemical_matter - 18 Oct 2007 15:58
A cracker! 12 handpumps with Midhurst Mild at one end & Hopback Entire Stout at the other, these sandwiching 10 bitters in ascending strength (3.7>5.6abv) and no mainstreams! I tried 7 & enjoyed em all. Chalkboards above the bar indicate whats on now & next in each % category. Ciders were Stowford Press & Old Rosie, L drivers can find Staropramen, Grolsch, Amstel,San Miguel, NO Fosters, Stella, Guinness, Hoorah!
The one-room spacious bar area has a piano, dartboard, 10 tables (4-8 seaters) &, although it was very quiet ystdy lunch, I can imagine it rockin after work. Daily special was Lasagne wi Garlic Bread (bread wi garlic?) for 6 and I wouldve stayed to sample but couldnt last til 5pm; a filled baguette for 2 sufficed.
Readings a bit of a stretch for me but the Nags Head lived up to its reviews & the slightly slower train direct from Clapham meant I didnt need to bother wi the tube hell round to Paddington. Thanks Meeko ("Right, which beer needs testing?"), Ill be back
trainman - 27 Sep 2007 10:18
A very individual pub offering excellent service. A Car park to flummox the Traffic Wardens, outside tables with added warmth for all you hard done by smokers, a great range of unusual beers to please any connoisseurs and to wash down the smashing home made food.
Rugby and Footie specials shown on a big screen. A very happy atmosphere. Highly recommended.
anonymous - 18 Sep 2007 10:47
Yes i have to say i use the pub very often. Its a god send to have a pub in the neighbourhood that serves the best beers around. The punters are a nice bunch as well especialy that good looking dude with the bull dog.
Riggers - 11 Sep 2007 15:23
Fantastic place. 12 handpumps, each with a different beer in excellent condition. An absolute gem of a place.
geordiejohn12 - 3 Sep 2007 18:43
Dropped in the Nags Head the other night and what a splendid hostelry it is. An excellent choice of real ales, lagers and wines. The customers were jolly good company too! Nanny sampled several pints of Gribbles Plucking Pheasant (5.2%), while I went for a couple of bottles of Andre Carpentier Champagne. I was going to order a third but Nanny said she was feeling a little bit dizzy. I must confess, I could have murdered another one. Nanny scraped the side of the Jag as we left the car park and Im afraid I got very, very angry when we got home.
Lord.Lucan - 2 Sep 2007 11:11
A great Free House, new owners since January.

12 real ales on hand pumps from local breweries all at 2.50 a pint, no matter what strength.

4 lagers and 3 ciders.

The best selection of good wines at low prices.

A large selection of Malt Whisky's.

Fantastic food served between 4 and 7 Monday to Friday.

Sunday lunch served between 12 and 4.

Breakfasts are served between 11 and 1.30 on a Saturday, if youre a Reading Supporter a coach will take you to the Mad Stad and back for 2.00, when theres a home fixture.

The car park holds about 10 cars and includes benches and umbrellas in an effort to create a garden.

Inside theres a great sound system and a wi fi internet connection if youve brought your laptop with you.

If you think this is an advert, youre right. Ive got shares in the pub!

meeko - 28 Aug 2007 21:47
On advance recommendation, took the 10 minute stroll from Reading Station, and was confronted with a stunning array of real ales for sale, of which many were new to me. Good service, friendly staff. I will have to come back for a more thorough visit soon! Food is available, although with no choice - a set menu applies each day. Ideal for this sort of pub.
fromedrinker - 21 Aug 2007 13:39
This is a very good pub; an excellent range of ale, always in excellent condition; friendly service. A must if you're in Reading!
biermeister - 12 Aug 2007 17:34
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

I love this place. The beer is good, at a reasonable price and the punters and staff are welcoming and friendly.
beerPrincess - 30 Jul 2007 10:10
Top pub with friendly crowd, great beer and now good food.
raylee - 28 Jul 2007 15:42
This is a truly excellent pub. Clean, friendly and with an exceptional selection of beers. As others have said, the staff are friendly and the beers very well kept. They are threatening to do food may be a mixed blessing. The Hobgoblin definitely has competition!
doctone - 25 Jul 2007 19:59
Easily the best pub in Reading. The best selection of beers in fine condition and at the right temperature. The clientele are intelligent, friendly and able to hold a conversation without continually "F"ing and blinding or talking football (no Sky, thank God). Hard to fault really.
anonymous - 20 Jul 2007 14:36
Must disagree with Quinno. I drink here regularly and see the beers turning over well. The bar staff are constantly checking beer quality and appear to clean the pipes at every change of beer. I like a choice of 12 ales, and never had a bad pint!

Wake up you hob-its and give it a try!!
alesupper - 29 Jun 2007 11:41
It has indeed been overhauled extensively and is much better for it. Good quality dart board and rolls available.

There are indeed 12 ales on, however when I went in a couple of Saturdays back in the early afternoon a number of them tasted musty like they had been sat in the lines for a quite a while which has put me off.

I'll try again in the near future and see if there's an improvement, but frankly, it might just be better for the licensees to halve the selection for now and keep it fresh before launching into 12 bearing in mind that the Hobgoblin and the Monks have cornered the real ale market in town.
Quinno - 27 Jun 2007 23:24
What a fantastic pub - couldn't believe my luck when I tumbled into this place. 12 ales to choose between, I tried 3 - and they were all delighful. A fine atmosphere too.
londinieres - 11 Jun 2007 10:31
Ended up here, after giving up on the prospect of an extremely long wait, to get into the Reading beer festival. 12 ales on tap, very friendly- a place that really deserves to succeed. Hope that some of the hundreds that were queuing to get in to the festival start to patronise this place.
BlindTiger - 6 May 2007 17:14
Great pub, 12 constantly changing real ales from local breweries different taste every time you go in. Great friendly staff and when the kitchen opens it will only improve. Oh and early for the non smoking ban.
dublin1 - 4 May 2007 14:42
Well the beer is good and it is friendly, just nothing about the place really. Vey sterile and i could not really realax in there. Oh well, when you are used to the best it is hard trying somewhere new :-)
Cjay73 - 6 Apr 2007 19:22
An amazing transformation from the previous dingy incarnation that was the known as the Nags head. Now refurbished, a large range of real ales in a completely non smoking environment. Certainly has my vote.
pchaimba - 6 Apr 2007 18:30
Fab place with friendly people. Magnificent choice of well-kept beers.

Hurrah!
beerPrincess - 10 Mar 2007 13:59
Recently refurbished / reopened as anon-smoking real ale pub. Get in there!
BinBagBob - 4 Mar 2007 10:29
The Ruddles nitrokeg blown out, last night there was were beers from Hop Back, Archers, Midhurst, Grand Union, Stonehenge, Hogs Back, Ramsbury, Welcon, Hampshire and Rebellion Breweries twelve different ales altogether!
teda - 28 Feb 2007 17:08
The pub is now closed and will reopen shortly without the terrible decor, but with real ale and nice wine.
teda - 22 Jan 2007 16:00
Hasn't seen a refit since 1968. Terrible decor and terrible choice of ales. Friendly service and pretty good juke box. Not my first choice to visit in Reading.
DeggyT - 6 Jan 2007 12:33
Ropey old dump, where GK are trying to get punters to drink Ruddles nitrokeg. No proper beer - avoid.
Quinno - 14 Sep 2006 00:45
A very friendly Irish pub full of wonderful charactures!
anonymous - 27 Jan 2004 11:23

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