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The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley - pub details

Address: Stanford Dingley, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6LT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 31750) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Aldermaston (3.1 miles), Midgham (3.2 miles), Theale (4.6 miles)

Brewery: West Berkshire Brewery Company

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> Current user rating: 6.6/10 (rated by 11 users)
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Bull, Stanford Dingley (0.2 miles), Bladebone Inn, Chapel Row (1.1 miles), Queens Head, Bradfield (1.3 miles), Six Bells, Beenham (1.6 miles), Pot Kiln, Frilsham (1.7 miles)

 

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staff are too busy talking at the bar, no interest into the service or toward the food.
the food is definitely not the same as it use to be
this place is becoming the perfect tourist trap of the century!
G.Derry
DerryGeorge - 10 Apr 2011 15:10
staff are too busy talking at the bar, no interest into the service or toward the food.
the food is definitely not the same as it use to be
this place is becoming the perfect tourist trap of the century!
G.Derry
DerryGeorge - 10 Apr 2011 15:10
On entering during early Saturday evening, first impressions of a busy, old local pub which is what it is rather than a restaurant. Lots of large, loud, middle aged men hogging the bar. Only one had the courtesy to step aside so that I could see the pumps and order a drink. Very prompt and engaging bar staff doing a good job. Very good pint of Good Old Boy. Lots of food available on various menus. We ate in the conservatory which is very nicely appointed and away from the bores (or is that boars) at the bar. Disorganised service where one person shows you to the table, another brings the menu several minutes later and then...nothing. We waited for 20 minutes then had to approach a different waiter to order the food.
Once ordered everything was good. Very good quality fresh (not frozen) food, generous portions and very nicely cooked and presented. The chef (I don't know whether it's the old or new one) is doing very well. We asked one waiter for the bill, a different one brought it then after another ten minute wait, a different one took payment. The staff are very nice and are prompt once you ask them but really we wasted half an hour just waiting to order and to pay the bill. Isn't there one person in charge who allocates the staff to specific tables rather than the apparent free for all that it is now? That's my only criticism but one that the management would do well to consider as it's bound to get busier over the summer months. You'll have people walking out.
Very good beer, very nice staff, very good food and considering that it is a pub and not a restaurant, that's as much as one should expect. That's part of the joy of country pubs. You never know what you'll find there.
kentgoldings - 3 Apr 2011 11:28
Due to the recent change of chef and as we had not visited for eating at the Old Boot Inn for a month it was about time we checked out the experience. On arrival we were served drinks to the table by owner John Haley.

The bar and conservatory were both reassuringly busy for a Friday night.

Choice of weekly specials on the blackboard above the fireplace, an A La Carte menu and Bar menu. We opted for a mixture from the Specials and A La Carte and are pleased to confirm the experience was excellent like before. My venison from the specials was so tasty I just hope it stays available!

Thanks to the chef Simon Rudd, John, Ovi and Brian for another enjoyable experience.

mdd150407 - 19 Mar 2011 18:11
The landlord is off to the royal wedding on 29th April, so something must have appealed to "someone".
The_Final_Arbiter - 22 Feb 2011 13:27

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