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The Purple Turtle, Reading - pub details

Purple Turtle

Address: 9 Gun Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2JR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3597) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Reading (0.4 miles), Reading West (0.8 miles), Earley (2.7 miles)

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Quite a surprise this - I remember going in years ago when it was a live music venue. After looking around the town centre to see if there was life in Berkshire - I couldn't bring myself to pop into the myriad wetherspoons and chain pubs like O'Neills.

Not that there was any sign of life in any of those.

So I though a short walk down to a previous haunt.

Three real ales on at £4 a pop. The Hogsback was in superb condition and poured in a handled jug without prompting. Who would have thought the best real ale of the night would be drunk to the lovely refrain of "Bitch better have my money" by Rhinnana?
Mappiman - 8 Oct 2015 12:51
This used to be a good venue for music. It was Readings best rock and metal music pub. (With drum and bass downstairs.)
Drinks were the usual town centre bottles and pumps so nothing special. It has now been refurbished so it became popular with the chavs of Reading.
I hear the decor is now impressive but I cannot bring myself to listen to the awful music that is now played.
The day I heard Beyonce and Ronan Keating being played in the Turtle was the last day I went in there.
berkshireboozer - 15 Mar 2015 20:09
A real sh*thole. Always has been.
whisky_diet - 30 Sep 2014 12:58
In case anyone is actually interested - they now serve 3 real ales at around £3.25 a pint and are in the process of extending the "venue" out the back (including new loos - thank you,thank you, thank you!!!)
mcroyal - 4 Nov 2013 23:36
I know nothing about this place but this phrase caught my eye...

"Me and me husband went for a very short holiday to Reading."

Apart from the fact that the grammar calls into question the literacy of the writer, who the hell goes on holiday to Reading? You deserve all you get and probably more.

murgatroyd - 13 May 2012 22:42

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