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The Bull, Sonning - pub details

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Address: High Street, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7042) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Twyford (2.2 miles), Earley (2.4 miles), Wargrave (2.5 miles)

Brewery: Fullers

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I have no idea what 'Sebastion James' is on about... I have been drinking in The Bull for 20 years, and it's as wonderful today as it has ever been. I haven't noticed any 'Cloony effect' (apart from he never buys a round) and as for being like a after match 'footy pub', first of all as a frequenter of after match 'footy pubs' what on earth is wrong with that, and secondly as its not like that at all. If the Bull has a fault it is that sometimes you do get overbearing snooty types who think they are better than the rest of us in there, but George and I won't let them ruin our enjoyment of the fine ales they serve at one of Berkshire's best pubs.
OldJed - 19 Mar 2016 22:09
The Bull is situated in a very picturesque village and has a lovely location next to the village church. Unfortunately, the whole village appears to be one huge traffic jam with traffic heading from all directions to the bridge over the river. We eventually managed to get parked up and found a nice old building that was packed inside and out. This felt the most touristy of all the pubs we tried in Berkshire today. I gather George Clooney has frequented here? Maybe that was the reason it was so busy. But there was a fair smattering of locals here too. Food appeared to be popular. This is a Fullers pub. So London Pride & Chiswick Bitter were on, alongside Gales HSB & Spring Sprinter and a guest - Everards Blue Boar. I had the Blue Boar, which was a honey and mead ale. It was different, but not exactly my cup of tea. Nice enough pub. But a bit too popular to enjoy and the traffic is a definite drawback.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Mar 2015 21:46
Unfortunately since a well known celebrity moved into the area The Bull has really hit rock bottom although obviously not financially. Queues outside the door, an outdoor festival vibe and the rowdiness that ensures means a once quaint venue now resembles an after match footie pub. Awful in other words. Why the chav hordes and council estate mentality think celeb spotting is a UK pastime is beyond belief; clearly they have nothing better else to do.
James_Sebastian - 28 Dec 2014 11:11
It was the last day in September and one of the hottest ones of the year when the RambleThenLunch team decided to walk from Shiplake to Reading. A number of lunchtime stops presented themselves but, desperate for a drink, we plumped for the Bull at Sonning.

And very pleasant it was too. Inside it's a traditional low beamed, slightly dark pub, but the sunshine being too good to waste we sat outside near to the conveniently placed serving hatch.

Beers available were Red Fox, Discovery, London Pride and Chiswick - all Fullers - and Gales HSB. Condition when served was good.

Given it was a Friday lunchtime and dead hot the place was very busy. A very small car park at the end of a cul-de-sac makes for tight manoeuvuring, and I'm sure there's the odd scrape or two. Many folk seem to park in the nearby church car park, making no doubt a suitable donation.

The Bull is pricey though - four pints were 14.80, which averages out at 3.70, which is quite a lot.

The quality of the food was good. Two of us had Steak and Venison Pie and two had Liver. Portions not huge though and and the liver was very lightly cooked, even for my blood loving carnivorous colleagues. Again quite pricey - Pie was 15 and Liver 13. Pub doesn't sell chips at all, which makes a pleasant change.

The loo is hidden away but has some interesting posters in it.

Although expensive, the Bull is a very pleasant place to spend a lunchtime and we would happily return

ramblethenlunch - 3 Oct 2011 13:13
A wonderful low beamed interior is a high point of this classic village pub, up the hill through an idyllic churchyard from Sonning's pretty eighteenth century brick bridge. Minor quibbles would concern the expensive cars in the car park that encroach upon the beer garden and the choice of ales which are restricted to Fullers - I'm a fan, but was hoping for something more resonant of the countryside.

The food we nejoyed was excellent including a mammoth slice of steak and venison pie and a house platter containing home made scotch eggs and sausage rolls flecked with black pudding: rich, but welcome after a long tramp from Henley. It verges on being more of a restaurant and might not be that welcoming to those who want to live on beer alone, but is still an appealing stop off.
BoehmBawerk - 15 Aug 2011 13:02

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