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Berkshire pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Berkshire - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Watermans Arms, Eton

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Address: Brocas St, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6BW
Phone: 01753 861001
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Nearest train stations: Windsor & Eton Riverside (0.2 miles), Windsor & Eton Central (0.2 miles), Datchet (1.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

The Waterman’s Arms just over the bridge from Windsor & Eton station was our first pub of our day of ticking in Windsor on Bank holiday Monday.

8 hand pumps offering 8 different ales, I opted for the pubs own brew which was brewed by Caledonian & aptly named Waterman's Arms @ 4.1%...a very drinkable pint as well.

The pub is large inside with little nooks and cranny areas.

Friendly barmaids, the landlord is also worth a mention as he was very welcoming to us.

To the side of the pub there is a beer garden with plenty of benches and tables, this is a decent little suntrap.

Food was available from noon, however I cannot comment on what it looked or tasted like.

A decent pub to start the day in.
27 May 2015 14:15
went there for Sunday lunch which was very good the log fire was on and many dogs warming them selves, Good range of beers I think there were eight, really liked hobgoblin would recommend it highly.

30 Mar 2015 13:36
A great pub with many real ales very good food and dog friendly close to the river 5* would highly recommend it
12 Mar 2015 10:07

The Monks Retreat, Reading

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Address: 163 Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1HE
Phone: 01189 507592
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Nearest train stations: Reading (0.2 miles), Reading West (0.9 miles), Earley (2.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

My god - a single Road with not 1 but two Wetherspoons. Suppose you cannot argue about £1.99 for a decent pint of Doom Bar. I have my CAMRA 50p vouchers but cannot bring myself to use them.

I suppose there is the lack of atmosphere. And strange mixture of tourists and tramps. But you know what you are getting.
23 May 2015 18:36
today or yesterday can't remember went in and had a pint or ten to discover landlord and george michael lookalike chris wiggage still not doing any work. that is all. i will return to once again to witness landlord and george michael lookalike chris wiggage still doing no work.
5 May 2015 09:55
And when Nicole brought me my food, she reminded me that Chelsea had won the league and Arsenal didn't and I was so sad I smashed up my laptop so I wouldn't bore anybody ever again
4 May 2015 19:45

Greyhound, Maidenhead

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Address: 96 Queens Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1HT
Phone: 01628779410
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Nearest train stations: Maidenhead (0.1 miles), Furze Platt (1 mile), Taplow (2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I thought I may as well have my say on ArsenalFan36...but now I find I'm speechless the more I see of he/she/its 'reviews'! :-)
26 Sep 2015 10:47
I didn’t have much time here, as I was just changing trains, but I’m afraid this came across as one of the more tired Wetherspoons, greatly in need of refurbishment. There was a generally dowdy air to the place, and I noticed their list of “available guest ales” bore no relation to what was actually on sale – must have been a few days out of date. The toilets could also do with refreshment – and they are at the end of a rather pokey passge. Can’t remember much about the number of range of beers, but I do recall I had the Tring Tea Kettle Stout
27 Jul 2015 23:18
Arsenalfan36 seems to prefer Wetherspoon pubs so almost by definition he is a retard. The 35 probably refers to his IQ.
Humour him, he's not quite right in the head
12 Nov 2014 19:42

The King Charles Tavern, Newbury

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Address: 54 Cheap Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5BX
Phone: 01635 49127
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Reviews by BITE users:

Handy for station, very friendly, surprisingly quiet at lunchtime, good selection of beers.
8 Aug 2015 10:20
I hear that new people are running this people and that they are doing a great job, so please don't let my previous comment deter you from visiting today. :)
25 Jun 2015 18:37
Ignore the preceeding reviews. I first visited this pub as a 15 year old in 1972, when I was a Saturday boy at Woolworths. The main attraction then was the exotic dancer at lunchtime. Despite their evident lack of enthusiasm for their profession, they were a welcome attraction for a young lad. Since then the old landlord Tony has moved on - possibly to the great boozer in the sky and the pub drifted for years, becoming ever more tatty.
But in the last year it has been transformed, and is now arguably the leading real ale pub in Newbury. Completely refurbished and selling 7 real ales, it's a terrific boozer. I concentrated on the Good Old Boy from the local west Kennet brewery but also tried the Dogbolter from Tim Taylors. Both were very well-kept. The food looked a little pricey, but if you want a pasty or a cake the legendary Empire cafe is just across the road. This pub is a must visit for a real ale enthusiast, and is just a 250 metre stagger from the station.
21 Mar 2015 22:48

The Five Bells, Horton

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Address: Stanwell Road, Horton, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 9PA
Phone: 01753 682193
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Nearest train stations: Sunnymeads (1.1 miles), Wraysbury (1.1 miles), Datchet (2.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Fair comment, zagreb, but Beer In The Evening seems to have established itself as the best website to find out about pubs in general. For the record, the drinks at the Five Bells are what they always were, but the food selection had changed, so I thought I'd mention it in case anyone was interested.
18 May 2015 13:43
Food is all very well and good, but please remember the name of this site is BEER in the evening, not food in the evenibg
13 May 2015 10:52
All change again! In the last few years they've gone through (1) bought-in food that's over-microwaved (2) an excellent laminated traditional food menu (3) no food at all and sending everyone to the Golden Cross (4) Thai meals - but they didn't last very long at all! Now it's a more traditional menu again, including burgers, steaks, curries and pizzas. Very tasty, and very friendly service, ... but I wonder how long it'll last this time!
5 Mar 2015 08:56

The Barley Mow, Cox Green

Address: Cox Green Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3EW
Phone: 01628 629986
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Nearest train stations: Maidenhead (1.3 miles), Furze Platt (2 miles), Taplow (3.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Shabby interior disappointed me as did the pint of washing up water I had to drink.
14 Oct 2015 14:14
A lovely community pub that was a pleasure to visit. The staff are wonderful and helpful and the locals are so friendly they make you very welcome.
What a change to experience such a lovely pub, with lovely garden and flowers. Its an excellent pub ... well done
10 Jul 2015 13:35
Expensive poorly managed pub, it has an absentee Landlord who on his fleeting visits has never got behind the bar to serve his paying customers. What a way to run a pub.
18 Dec 2014 22:00

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