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Alto Lounge, Reading

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user reviews of Alto Lounge, Reading

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It looks like there has been a change of policy with the company who own this and other "Lounges" as the handpulled beer has gone and has been replaced with a "craft" brew called Cruiser. It comes from the Bristol Beer Factory and is described as an Amercian style IPA. It wasn't available on my last visit so I can't comment on the taste or quality but we have lost a real ale .

mcroyal - 8 Jun 2014 12:40
Waited for no less than ten minutes at the bar. Three staff saw us walk in but chose to ignore us leaving us waiting while a young chap with dirty ripped clothes was on the phone. It should have been obvious to the other 3 girls that he could not serve us but they decided to ignore us , carrying on with their chat . So after patiently waiting and examining the menu we still had nobody to serve us (despite instructions telling us to order at bar) so we just walked out , stared at by the 3 girls who just simply did not care. We found a lovely little cafe instead a few doors down on the corner and had a lovely lunch and coffees there instead. And that's where we shall go from now on.
bluebellella - 9 Dec 2013 12:37
Sterile and characterless; unfortunately the exact kind of gastro establishment that the multi-cultural slum known as Reading is full of.
MonkeyBob - 8 Sep 2013 09:40
This is a cross between a bar and a bistro. Too small for its function really, and can get very cramped when all the tables are taken. That said, it's customer friendly, has a wide range of customers at different times of day, and serves very decent burgers.
myjlcr - 26 Sep 2011 14:42
If you like a pint filled with strange white Debris then the Alto Lounge is your place. The three of us all enjoyed the challenge of trying to scoop out the unidentified sludge (it was in the bitter and the lager) and it made for excellent conversation. There was great speculation about what the white bits were but the barman was confident it wouldn't kill us if we drank it.
When we switched to bottled beer we were disappointed that our conversation turned to more mundane subjects.
I am going back but am taking a sieve next time.
Grangoo - 21 Aug 2011 17:20
Not sure why this bar is listed under "Reading" and not with the others in "Caversham" but there we go! Very popular and busy little cafe/bistro/bar type place which is great for young mothers who meet for coffee in the morning and diners and drinkers in the evenings. Food is pretty good with regular specials and a nice range of tapas. One beer (Toga Man Bitter from The Bristol Beer Factory) but they also have a range of bottled beers - often from Bath Brewery and some excellent wines. Fresh orange juice and it's very popular for coffee and cakes. Newspapers and boxed games available and overall a good adition to the Caversham scene.
mcroyal - 21 Aug 2011 17:04
A great addition to Caversham. Lovely atmosphere. Very family friendly

The beer is fine, though limited tap choice.

Tried a chicken and beef burger here, both good, but the buns are too heavy.
beerchap - 7 May 2010 15:54

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