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Bell and Bottle, Shinfield

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The Bell & Bottle was my second pub in Shinfield yesterday afternoon. It's another decent pub with a good ale selection and a couple of ciders. The interior is fairly bright. There is a bar area and a separate games room with a TV that was presumably being used for World Cup football games. There was also a garden at the rear. Ales were Plain Sheep Dip, Yeovil Hopkandi, Bond Goldihops & Welton's Three Lions IPA. Ciders (and the Welton's ale) were remaining from a beer festival held 2 weekend's previous. They were Tutts Clump Rhubarb Cider & Rum Cask. The pub is opposite the village green, where a fair was being held. The pub is popular with families.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Jul 2018 20:42
Visited Saturday afternoon. Good pub - excellent pint of Sheep Dip and the most beautiful barmaid in Berkshire.
bob_g - 13 Sep 2015 07:56
Ate here with a friend. Very brown decor, but lovely friendly staff and a perfectly decent basic pub meal at a good price. Loads of car parking, comfy chairs, nothing was too much trouble. If you're after a relaxing basic pub with nice people, this is your one.
featherways - 24 Apr 2013 20:02
Largish, multi-roomed pub with London Pride, 2 from Plain Ales available yesterday and Tutts Cider. Prices from £2.90. Pool table. Food wasn't sampled but the menu looked to be good value. Open all day except Mondays (1600). Beer quality was good.
cheshirecat - 16 Mar 2013 09:24
A new manager took over the reins in November 2010. He is a Northerner(but don't hold that against him!). Since then the beer has been of excellent quality. London Pride is a permanent fixture with 2 others changing on a regular basis and mainly from local breweries. It's well worth popping in for a beer or two. The new guy is focussed on the pub being a pub that serves food NOT a restaurant with a bar. The Sunday lunch is excellent value for money at £6.95 and the midweek menu is also of good value with good traditional fayre at reasonable prices.
mrandy1964 - 3 Jan 2011 17:56
Good selection of beer but as Quinno says the building and pub in general is a bit of a mish-mash. I used to live a few miles away and would visit occasionally, went back yesterday and it hasn't changed in the last 5 years. Good selection of beer, variable condition. Nice enough location. Mixed clientèle. OK if you're in the area.
newbury_drinker - 11 Apr 2010 09:08
Big spacious pub that is half-refit, half mid-70's nothingness. It's a mish-mash of everything but a master of nothing. It desperately needs to work out what it wants to be as there are plenty of pubs in Shinfield, given the population.

In fairness they are trying with the beer - there are usually three ales on (Tim Taylor and Archers seem semi-regular although I've encountered Wadworth and Hidden brewery recently). The condition ranges from not-so-good to very good but it can be a bit hit-and-miss, especially the random assignment of tight sparklers which can ruin the beer in many cases.

There's pool, a a darts board that's seen better days and an old Frogger arcade machine that's never switched on. It overlooks the village green and really should do better especially given the place next door is pretty weak.
Quinno - 13 Oct 2008 20:26

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