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I went in there when they had some local band on. Suffice to say it was amateur hour with some indie/dance/stuck in the nineties cobblers. In fact the last time I heard something this vile was a bunch of chavs drunk with a beat up PS3 and a copy of Dance Nation to hand. Only that was quite decent by compare. Reading; it gets worse before it gets far worse.
camra_colin - 28 Jul 2012 10:03
descent enough local ,friendly lady behind bar , trying hard with new ideas , food ok and beer, in which must be hard times trying to run a pub
pallet48 - 8 Sep 2011 08:45
3 or 4 beers usually available from fairly national brewers such as Wells, Courage, Adnams and Caledonian. As they have 3 pumps I'm not sure why they insist on serving straight from the barrel. This can mean that the beer is sometimes slightly warmer than is desirable. Always one beer on offer at �2.20. Happy hour Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1800 - 2200 with reductions on lagers, cider, shorts etc.
cheshirecat - 24 Aug 2011 08:54
THE BACK OF BEYOND is that the Wetherspoons house?
Dan137 - 3 Jun 2011 21:55
We dropped into the Sun Inn purely by chance on a rare visit to Reading, and were pleasantly surprised by the good food, quality well kept beer, traditional surroundings (that have obviously had a recent lick of paint to keep them fresh), and the very friendly and entertaining staff. Very reasonable pricing and service with a smile; a proper pub of which there are so few in towns nowadays - we'll definitely be back when we visit Reading again.
frankers69 - 29 Apr 2011 11:00
Haven't been in The Sun for several years so was quite impressed when i went in yesterday. It has been cleaned up and looks good. They are still working on the garden which should be a good place to be in the summer.

Directors, Bombadier and Caledonian Flying Dutchman on offer at �3.10. Quality was fine and the staff very friendly.

cheshirecat - 15 Apr 2011 09:20
A warm welcome to the new team at The Sun - it's great to see this historic old pub open again. Three cask ales available on my visit and I was told that there may be more to follow (with the possibility of local brews). A beer festival may also be on the cards. I am told the food is good and resonably priced. The pub has had a quick internal makeover with a mix of traditional and more modern furniture. I noticed one small TV screen for sports (strangely situation by the Gents tolet door!). Anyway, good to have this pub open again and I wish them all the best. The beers are from the S&N range at the moment with Courage/Theakston and Caledonian on tap when I visited.
mcroyal - 29 Mar 2011 15:05
The Sun Inn is a lovely old historic pub that has inviting decor and a relaxing atmosphere. The selection of ales were very good and reasonably priced. The home made food and service was excellent and was also great value for money.
mackleworth - 19 Mar 2011 16:14
A very nice pub , nice atmosphere . VERY VERY NICE FOOD . very reasonable prices to . we will be going back soon .
jojo72 - 19 Mar 2011 09:57
My partner and I just recently moved to Reading and was looking for a nice pub for food and drink. We came acroos the sun inn and was welcomed by nice friendly bar staff. We ordered food, I had the chicken carbonara and my partner had the home made cottage pie. The food was delecious - we will be ordering more food from their in the future, and are looking forward to trying their Sunday Roasts. My partner loved the Ales and I enjoyed a good double vodka and coke for only �2.80!!

We were presently surprised by the number of drinks they have on offers and we will be venturing their more on a Friday night for a good old knees up, good food and good company from the Landlady, who was a great laugh and kept us well entertained throughout our visit down the sun inn.

We then stumbled home, after a great evening. Look forward to another night down 'The Sun Inn' - would highly recommend it!!!
bennkie88 - 19 Mar 2011 08:46
Since the pub recent refurbishment it alot cleaner alot brighter and alot more welcoming. It now serves great homemade food and daily specials from �6.50 and lite bites from �3.00. Also a sunday carvery coming soon i hear from �6.95. The new family which run the pub our very nice and welcoming. The drinks are cheap the foods nice i highly recomend it. They also do drink deals on a thursday friday and saturday , foster �2.50 house doubles at �2.80 and many more. Me and my girlfriend recently went here for a meal and thought the whole pub has been transformed so much and the food was nice and walked home with a smile on our face. I recomend it.
benp92 - 8 Mar 2011 21:18
I agree with the last post here - this pub has a lot of potential, but until that is realised then it will probably teeter on the edge of closing down for good.

A very old and long established coaching Inn that dates back to the 1600's. It's original purpose has long become invalid, though the town centre location has kept the pub successful up until the residential clear outs of the Butts area and development of the IDR in the 1960's and 70's. Since then the pub has become rather isolated, and has struggled to develop or maintain any identity into the 21st Century.

Many of it's type have since disappeared or changed business - such as the old Mitre Inn on West Street, now Thai Corner.

In order to continue the Sun Inn must change - as it stands it cannot be a commercially viable proposition. I would love to see it transform gently into a real ale venue, in the style and spirit of the Nags Head. The town centre currently lacks this type of pub. What I wouldn't like to see is this historic old Inn receive an unsympathetic gutting into yet another ethnic restaurant.

RichRichMan - 23 Jan 2011 13:10
This is a story of a pub with a lot of potential but the no one with the will to make it what it could be. I was there this week with my girlfriend when she was covering the pub while they decided what to do with the pub.

Although the pub, like many, needs some love and attention; bit of cleaning and decorating; it is essentially a good pub with some really good punters who started coming back after a bad experience with the previous landlord.

Yeah it needs some work but the potential is clear, the pub could be such a good pub in the hands of a good friendly landlord/lady and a good management company. It wouldn't take much and taking improved vastly in the week I was there.

Unfortunately today we left and they were shutting the pub down, hopefully only in the short term, but it was such a shame to leave the pub as maybe the last people that drink in there.

Thanks to the customers for making us feel welcome, it always helps in that sort of business and lets hope someone with some ambition takes over the pub.
DavidBeer1977 - 12 Nov 2010 15:33
A pub in real decline - no real ale last couple of visits.
theeternalwheel - 20 Aug 2010 13:28

Some GK stuff (aka Ruddles) and a not very nice pint of Spitfire.

Gave it one for the proper full heigh urinals.

Nothing else positive

A bad sign is the number of entries on this pub, about the same number of people who seem to frequent it.
baggydave - 29 Mar 2010 00:08
Old rambling place with an interesting disjointed interior, the bar counter is hidden away in a back corner. There are low ceilings, plastered walls and half timbering dividing the place into a jumble of odd shaped areas on different floor levels. The front room has screens and machines, beyond which is the bar through to the left and what appears to have been a corridor to the right. This has now been opened out to form a comfortable drinking and seating area with a big modern juke box. Further back is a space on a much lower floor level, probably for dining, but deserted when I was there. A door at the back leads to a patio. Two handpumps with Courage Best and Deuchars IPA, I plumped for the Deuchars but soon regretted this rash decision, mediocre would be a polite description. Nothing unusual or of note in the keg line up.

oldboots - 18 Aug 2009 16:17
Nice old building and looked like a good �all things to all men� pub. Different seating and drinking areas, quiz, fruit and games machines and Sky Sports throughout. Had a decent pint of Deuchars.

Millay - 2 Feb 2009 21:50
A pub that could and should do a lot better.
BinBagBob - 5 Nov 2008 11:04
Beer quality gone downhill recently, a shame as this a really good pub otherwise.
Quinno - 18 Feb 2008 23:29
the best proper pub in town, to watch footie. great during any match. good beer, good staff, good people, good pub.

Baz McCarthy
Baz_McCarthy - 13 Aug 2007 19:52
I was very impressed with this place, if I lived it Reading I would make it my local. Good range, friendly staff wide range of pub accessories like games machines and TV screens. Got all the bases covered.
DeggyT - 5 Nov 2006 13:44
Spacious locals pub, with active dart board and friendly bar staff. Pride, Bombadier and Courage Best (if I remember correctly!) which were kept and served well. Toilets good also.

Itbox quizzer is a tease, gets you onto Bully's prize board but then asks you Hitler's inside leg measurement or the name of Bolton's third choice YTS keeper.

Drop in and have a couple.
Quinno - 8 Sep 2006 23:45
Good old fashioned pub with local people in it, fairly smokey. Watch out for the rozzers in after their shift.
Great Bar Billiards Table, reasonable prices, tasty bar snacks.
chrisgee - 31 Oct 2005 14:20
Pretty decent pub, though sometimes spoiled at lunchtimes by the presence of irritating, greasy-haired clerks and keyboard chimps from Yellow Pages.
Jelly - 7 Dec 2003 02:01

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