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On Saturday 6th January 2018 I got the train to Reading with my fried and when we got off we walked to the Back Of Beyond and I walked up to the bar and I ordered a pint of beer for me and cider for my friend and we wanted something to eat too but there were lots of men with red faces shouting and pushing at the bar so we didn't bother and I don't wand to go to the Back Of Beyond again and I will not go the next time that I go on the train
Alan_Caffrens - 12 Jan 2018 12:38
This is a perfectly acceptable Wetherspoons despite some of the earlier reviews. There is plenty of room and light inside and it's not as crowded as the Hope Tap. The selection of real ales on offer was a little uninspired but the beer was in good condition.
RealAleBloke - 16 Feb 2016 16:27
I would steer clear of this pub as it really is the pits.

Dirty pub, dirty toilets & whatever you do don't lean on the bar as I don't think it is wiped all day.

Bar staff quite unpleasant and rude.
SanJuan - 2 Jun 2015 13:14
back in after a time away and was chuffed to see things improved with turkish guy leading proceedings. geez tells me he will likely be new landlord early 2015 and all good to my mind.
chelsea_greg - 6 Sep 2014 15:48
Ugh. Wouldn't set foot in this hole again if I was dying of thirst on their doorstep.

What. A. Dive.
LankyBloke - 29 Aug 2014 20:57
Decent pub if for some reason you're that end of town.
slowbear - 12 Aug 2014 16:26
rude manager, mostly ignorant staff, and full of piss heads with nowhere else to go...on the plus side, can get a few ales (unsure of how well kept), now and then
michmet - 12 Nov 2013 20:39
True story about this pub. It happened about 11.45 yesterday, just after last orders. The bar had a considerable amount of water and spilt drinks on it, as JDW don't tend to use mats to soak up spillages. This chap, I guess about 30, walked the entire length of the bar and, using a window cleaning squeegee wiper, he wiped all the liquid from the bar onto the tiled floor in front of the bar.

As he walked past me I reprimanded him that this was a safety hazard which people could slip and fall over on, whilst moving around or leaving. He responded by saying nothing, simply going away and returning with a warning notice reading "Floor cleaning in progress", placed at one end of the bar.

Good to see that Tim Martin's training program is working so efficiently ! I think the only time JDW staff are trained properly is when they open a new pub. I once pulled up a JDW manager about chemical tasting beer whenever new ales were put on, and he eventually admitted that the plastic beer lines were perished and contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Warning - treat JDW pubs with great caution !
ale_conner - 4 Nov 2013 15:41
haven't all the staff buggered off to a supermarket or summit? they couldn't handle working for the slaphead midget and his even shorter bint of a wife and who could blame 'em?
chelsea_greg - 22 Sep 2013 17:34
Whisky Diet you a brave soul hiding behind a keyboard. Lets see you call people to their face you piece of dog shite. Meet twats like you every day and usually they are either spotty youths or saddos with no life. Maybe we might just see you in the pub. That would be nice maybe a pint and a chat over you sad lack of a brain. What a little weazle you are. Perhaps I should be sorry for you for it appears your whisky diet has fucked up your brain. See you soon shithead.
elkart51 - 28 Jul 2013 21:11
You're really not selling the place to us...
eddybeer - 28 Jul 2013 20:26
Live baby live
Now that the day is over
I got a new sensation
In perfect moments
Impossible to refuse

Sleep baby sleep
Now that the night is over
And the sun comes like a god
Into our room
All perfect light and promises

Gotta hold on you
A new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you over
A new sensation
A new sensation

Dream baby dream
Of all that's come and going
And you will find out
In the end
There really is
There really is no difference

Cry baby cry
When you've got to get it out
I'll be your shoulder
You can tell me all
Don't keep it in ya
Well that's the reason why I'm here

Are you ready for a new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you on a new sensation
A new sensation

Hate baby hate
When there's nothing left for you
You're only human
What can you do
It'll soon be over
Don't let your pain take over you

Love baby love
It's written all over your face
There's nothing better we could do
Than live forever
Well that's all we've got to do

Hey now I'm gonna take a new sensation
A new sensation
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:15
What is up with that area manager; the bald head matches the shine suit; slaphead!
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:14
Live baby live
Now that the day is over
I got a new sensation
In perfect moments
Impossible to refuse

Sleep baby sleep
Now that the night is over
And the sun comes like a god
Into our room
All perfect light and promises

Gotta hold on you
A new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you over
A new sensation
A new sensation

Dream baby dream
Of all that's come and going
And you will find out
In the end
There really is
There really is no difference

Cry baby cry
When you've got to get it out
I'll be your shoulder
You can tell me all
Don't keep it in ya
Well that's the reason why I'm here

Are you ready for a new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you on a new sensation
A new sensation

Hate baby hate
When there's nothing left for you
You're only human
What can you do
It'll soon be over
Don't let your pain take over you

Love baby love
It's written all over your face
There's nothing better we could do
Than live forever
Well that's all we've got to do

Hey now I'm gonna take a new sensation
A new sensation
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:14
A S H WE B B WAS HERE!
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:13
Live baby live
Now that the day is over
I got a new sensation
In perfect moments
Impossible to refuse

Sleep baby sleep
Now that the night is over
And the sun comes like a god
Into our room
All perfect light and promises

Gotta hold on you
A new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you over
A new sensation
A new sensation

Dream baby dream
Of all that's come and going
And you will find out
In the end
There really is
There really is no difference

Cry baby cry
When you've got to get it out
I'll be your shoulder
You can tell me all
Don't keep it in ya
Well that's the reason why I'm here

Are you ready for a new sensation
A new sensation
Right now
Gonna take you on a new sensation
A new sensation

Hate baby hate
When there's nothing left for you
You're only human
What can you do
It'll soon be over
Don't let your pain take over you

Love baby love
It's written all over your face
There's nothing better we could do
Than live forever
Well that's all we've got to do

Hey now I'm gonna take a new sensation
A new sensation
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:13
Eddy you suck a big one don't you? COCK SUCKER!
James_Sebastian - 27 Jul 2013 21:12
I've never been here.

I'm more than happy with that, having read recent reviews, as I'm sure are others reading this thread.
eddybeer - 27 Jul 2013 20:54
Fuck off Elkart you toe sucking turd; Jason Lord has to be stopped! He's a racist homophobic bully of immense proportions and that's coming from a homophobic racist turdage! He's been putting posters up about patrons and snorting the wares of the spoons that is fore sure; MOOMIN TROLL! I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind.
whisky_diet - 27 Jul 2013 20:22
Funny when you read back through so called reviews and notice a pattern of text . Now that either means that some are just the same people with different names . Or a bunch of inbreeds that have escaped from the outskirts of Reading, to annoy the regulars . Either way their choice of words and phrasing point rather disappointingly to trolls and billy goat gruff needs to pay a visit.
elkart51 - 15 Jul 2013 21:50
I was very disappointed to see a once great Wetherspoon's has now fallen prey to the lowest common denominator; Chippendale nights. Whatever they say about Lord Jason who runs the place; fat, bald hobbit or eighties obsessed charlatan toilet cleaner living off his wives coat-tails/name above door one thing he cannot be accused of is being cheap. However ladies and gentleman that is what Bobs has now been reduced to; local celebrity drunks getting their kit off to the rapturous applause of ravenous hen crowd hordes. I had already born witness to Katesgrove drunk-par-lack-of-excellence Tesco "Mick" Hucknall regularly fail to amount to anything other than cider supping and propping up bar but fellow dropping matalan grundies for cash is a brown stained step too far sir! As if that wasn't enough they then wheeled on other local self absorbed man-of-the-sheeple/Union bore Matty "The Stool" Farrall. Not content with trolling the local tin-ter-net and the delusion that the Lovelock led local Labour party aren't actually the fourth reich he now dares to give his gut booty shake status like Chaka Demus & Pliers were a going concern. One can only conclude that Lord Jason has got desperate in his vodka soaked mid-life bowel movements and deemed the Little & Large of the establishment bucks in. Bring back Jay Masters is what I say; he too didn't do a day's work but at least there was always a mis-order of too much bog roll as opposed to none eh?
James_Sebastian - 3 Jul 2013 19:44
mr f i hear ya fella, that emma bint is on a permo man hating sesh. which is odd considering she looks like a fella. word from da Bobs kitchen drum vine is she is a mentalist; bi-wotsit or some such.
chelsea_greg - 27 Jun 2013 19:19
Following on from my earlier comments I have since found out the bar manager in question is Emma and have formally written a letter of complaint to Wetherspoon's management. Not only do the previous comments issues hold true but I was also unfortunate enough to witness a severe bout of political in-correctness nigh on racism spewing forth from her lips this last Friday. Tim Martin may tolerate this kind of uncouth foulness but I sir do not!
Mr_F - 27 Jun 2013 17:23
But are these previously barred regulars ready to escape through the toilet window when they return. :0)
elkart51 - 23 Jun 2013 21:03
Can someone explain why all the previously barred regulars have been given a free pass and returned this past week. Rather a coincidence they reappear the minute the landlady and her rotund half go on their hols isn't it? What beggars belief is these "people" are clearly unemployed/unemployable yet the social must be good as they are supping the ol' Marlon nigh on 24-7!
camra_colin - 23 Jun 2013 13:27
is lord jason at it again? less typing and more gym fella, you is lord of the pies and nought else!
chelsea_greg - 15 Jun 2013 14:09
That being the case James isnt a rather stupid thing to do if you are the landlord. I would have thought you wouldnt use you real name. Or variations of your name. I wouldn't write a review for my own business using my own business name lol. Basically because no one would take a blind bit of notice.

elkart51 - 13 Jun 2013 18:04
I'm glad you brought that up Elkart as it's quite apt being that the majority of these trolls are the landlord of this very establishment. He posts on GetReading and the Reading Chronicle too and has for some time unfortunately...
James_Sebastian - 13 Jun 2013 13:19
I must admit I have noticed a fair amount of trolls doing reviews. Either people who have been ejected from the pub or just plain attention seeking idiots who have nothing better to do than insult people whilst believing that they are being funny. Its one thing to put in a review it is quite another to steal someone elses name to spout their drivel.
elkart51 - 12 Jun 2013 23:33
Could be a decent pub, were it not the rude, sweaty, balding, fat, ignorant manager and his utter lack of both people skills and staff management. I've seen him berate his staff in front of customers, I've seen him sweat into a beer he was pulling for me, and frankly I'm astonished that he's allowed to continue in a role he's so clearly incapable of mastering even the basic functions. On top of which, he continues to create multiple usernames on this and many other sites both to berate the opposition, and provide fake good reviews of his own pub.

Avoid.
Damiank1974 - 10 Jun 2013 15:21
Quite easily the rudest and most unprofessional staff of any Wetherspoon's period. I and several colleagues frequented the establishment on a weekday morning only to be kept waiting whilst the female manager and her bespectacled blonde colleague verbally abused a departing patron. I wasn't aware "He needs a good kicking" and the like were part of Tim Martin's training manual and I almost felt I'd mistakenly entered a building site with such colourful language on display. One of my colleagues dared to get served only to be cajoled by some obvious chip-on-shoulder cobblers as the duty manager was partly deaf? Judging by the delay I can only presume she was blind also!
Mr_F - 29 May 2013 16:45
Best of the three central Reading 'spoons. Some pretty good beer on normally, and a pleasant enough place although they could split it up a bit as it's very much a big long featureless rectangle at the moment. Not bad though
Upton_Parker - 17 May 2013 14:01
What is up with the new 'spoons music nights? I was under the impression JD operated a no music policy. However Lord Jason has now deemed eighties nights a modus operandi over the now cancelled quiz night. Whereas before we had innumerable questions about Erasure and the Pet Shop Boys we now have to put up with their bl**dy tunes!
whisky_diet - 10 Apr 2013 19:00
In most respects an average Wetherspoons and an easy walk along King St from The Alehouse, if one wants a more middle-of-the-road ambience. The food appeared somewhat better than average 'Spoons - certainly people were enjoying it. The beer variety average but quality patchy. The manager not especially helpful - this being the one Wetherspoons we'd been to when the CAMRA discount vouchers weren't accepted for 2 halves of the same beer (making one pint) - so ask for a pint and an extra glass CAMRA members, or avoid a place with such a jobsworth.
Arctium_lappa - 28 Feb 2013 20:44
Spent an evening in here last week. I stuck to the tried and tested Pride, which was adequate but not great. Still good value for money. But have noticed the BoB is starting to get a bit tatty. Some of the furniture needs replacing, or at the very least a deep clean (seats and backs).

A decent enough boozer but there is room for improvement.
dromdick - 31 Dec 2012 23:09
has lord jason/jason lord re-appeared from the kitchen or behind his missus apron after the pikeys ruled roost a few weeks back? a retreat hasn't been seen like that since the french went all cowardly lion during ww2! mind you fair play to the geez he grows a pair when barring pensioners and the infirm eh?
chelsea_greg - 15 Dec 2012 10:22
Still the best of Reading's three town centre Wetherspoons. New guest beers always ready to replace any that finish; rare to see an empty handpump here. Less frenetic than the Friar Street outlets at the weekends (well except when there's a student pub crawl passing through). Currently running a Wetherspoons beer festival but with the beers served straight from the cask.
Beermole - 1 Nov 2012 14:51
I always find Wetherspoons on a Saturday night mildly amusing. There are the old guys that are still there from during the day, amongst pre-clubbing youngsters swigging shots and quaffinf cocktails whilst other parties arrive in skimpy outfits and fancy dress. Last night was no exception at the Back of Beyond. This busy spoons was my stopping off place whilst changing trains at Reading (despite it being half a mile from the station)! A good range of beers was on offer - Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best, Loddon Russet, Hook Norton Double Stout, Courage Directors, Fullers London Pride, Batemans XXXB & Woods Wonderful. Cider was Mr Whiteheads Cirrus Minor. A fairly good Wetherspoons.
blue_scrumpy - 23 Sep 2012 15:11
Cracking nights now the Olympics cobblers is over. Bar-staff par excellence Tonya & Ash have brought the tunes back to Bobs and big stylee. I'm amazed they've managed to overcome the ever present burden of stuck in the eighties Lord Jason and his evil dwarf-ette wife. Does she actually do any work by the way? Granted hobbits can only do fifty percent less graft than the rest of us but she has turned still-motion into an art and a paid by the hour one to boot! But regardless of the powers-that-be the MUCH younger members of staff have brought the live music vibe back into the place and not a moment too soon. A little bird tells me Ash having just won 'spoons employee of the month will soon be getting an impromptu visit from the mighty Dappy at his workplace very shortly. Good work is if ever not unrewarded in a 'spoons of that it is certain! HERE COME THE REMIX!
whisky_diet - 15 Aug 2012 17:13
The choice of real ales is variable but on the whole are kept well. The food is reasonable and good value for money. BUT, the place is not and cannot be a "local". The staff can be moody and to busy to converse, the duty manager(s) are not the friendliest of folks and one in particular has a real bad attitude. Also it is getting tacky, probably through good use, but sit in a comfy chair with short sleeves and then peel your arms off the fabric.

I may be old fashioned but it costs nothing for a smile and a good evening!!
jazzyonions - 18 Oct 2011 16:07
Most of the time there is at least one Loddon brewery beer on and I bloody love it - Loddon is the best and most consistent beer I have ever drunk and I love drinking it here cos' it is also cheap..
Nightjar - 21 Jul 2011 23:54
The Back of Beyond I find is the best wetherspoons pub in Reading, the staff have been nothing but professional they are well trained and
I have been in a lot of wetherspoons pubs
I am amazed at camra colins comments about staff, obviously he is an extremely insignificant human that has nothing better to do with his life than to bitch about staff at the pub. I am amazed he is still allowed to make derogatory comments about People at the pub for instants being sizest and commenting on peoples sexuality.

I find the beer excellent, the spirit on offer of a large range of premium liquors the staff polite and professional and the atmosphere great.

As with any large pub there are times you have people that are abusive IE camra colin and people that are nice.

So to summarise get a life camra colin drink somewhere else if you dont like the pub

or put up and shut up!!

Paraflyer62 - 16 Jul 2011 20:45
Good pub, very good standard of ales on when i am in there (which is frequently) good selection as well. not a lot bad to say....
onthekennet - 28 Jun 2011 14:23
One of the better pubs in town for an old git like me :-) Never had a duff pint there which is more than can be said for many places. Staff, on the whole, are friendly and efficient although sometimes I wish there were a few more of them seving behind the bar. Food is absolutely the same as every other Wethers pub - nothing to write home about but it fills your rumbling gut and generally appears pretty quickly.

Got to say the place always looks very clean. OK, I tend not to be there at closing time on a weekend night but "early doors" it always look neat and tidy.

Definitely worth a visit and you won't come away thinking "what a hole".
dromdick - 5 Jun 2011 11:07
Not the of pubs, staff or customers. Look elsewhere when in this area
BELAM - 5 Jun 2011 08:23
I cannot recommend this establishment enough. Hands down the best 'spoons in the area (granted, not difficult) and easily trumping the other local dives (The Fruity Arms next door, the 'Deliverance' locals only Retreat, the second mortgage required Lyndhurst etc). The staff are never short of a smile and even the punters are like something from the Sound of Music. Whether they are paying them too much or they're just glad to be alive it is all good. Come join us at the Back of Beyond. You just may never leave...
Lord_Jason - 8 Apr 2011 17:52
Nice pub to stop in and have a quick bite to eat if you want something cheap and on the go. Wouldn't come here for anything special but is clean and would come again for a pint.
Charlie_1981 - 5 Feb 2011 14:29
OK Wetherspoons with nice outside seating by the canal. Worth popping into on the way back from the Retreat and Eldon Arms.
baxterfish - 14 Oct 2010 17:16
Typical wetherspoon decor with long bar, slow service & a good range (in fact very good) of beer - Old Slug Porter was excellent. only here briefly due to pub crawl but I will be back.
Booze_Allen - 7 Oct 2010 21:10
One of the better Spoons' I've been in, and the best one in Reading. Chap behind the bar served us promptly and was very chatty and friendly. Good range of real ales. Nice beer garden next to the river. Staff easy-going, seemed happy and friendly. Clientele were reasonable, Spoons often attracting the town weirdos.
dynamiteninja - 20 Apr 2010 19:17
Above average Wetherspoon. Worth a look if you are passing.
baxterfish - 23 Feb 2010 14:50
A typical Wetherspoons. Beer was good, very reasonably priced.
King_Viv - 13 Nov 2009 15:10
As a fairly frequent visitor to Reading these days, I'd say this is one of the best pubs in town - Spoons or otherwise. I was sorry to read about the_ghost's experience (below): I have always found the staff here to be polite and efficient, and there is a good range of food and ales to choose from, at reasonable prices.
timkholman - 11 Nov 2009 20:49
Pretty much a typical 'Spoons, a few minutes walk from town centre, a few of the typical 'Spoons drunks but some normal people too. Nice outdoors area by the river. Reasonable selection of ale. As others say, better than the other two JDWs in Reading.
newbury_drinker - 16 Oct 2009 15:49
Of the 3 Wetherspoons in Reading Town Centre - the others being The Monks Retreat and The Hope Tap - this is probably the best. And indeed largest. There's a nice-enough outside area that backs onto the river, which gets very busy at times. Be aware that the food is not always the best [I know, we're talking Wetherspoons here, not Ramseys, but there are still certain expectations]. If you order a steak and ask for it to be well-done, be prepared for it to arrive bloody. As for eggs, they always arrive broken and over-cooked.
the_ghost - 10 Oct 2009 23:41
A very agreeable public house where I went for a curry and a beer with some colleagues this evening. Some of the curries had sold out but the choice was still respectable and economical.
thames_pilgrim - 1 Oct 2009 21:30
One of three Wetherspoons in Reading, fairly standard JDW interior and beer range, which was well kept and the staff were fairly good for anywhere never mind a JDW. The area is a seedy commercial one a fair way from the town centre but is on the way to the Retreat and the Eldon Arms, there is also a reasonable riverside terrace at the back.

oldboots - 12 Jul 2009 19:31
As spoons go this is def one of the better. As the title says its away from the main drag and all the better for it - not populated by pond life even though it backs on to the river. Nice touch as that the JDW beer festival was on and whilst the pumps advertised the ales they were actually drawn on gravity away from the bar. Darned good mixed grill as well - cooked to perfection. Avoid the two spoons in the town centre and venture here - you're less likely to catch something.
twineyboy - 3 May 2009 20:14
Sorry, that should read ebriety not ebrity, I must still be in that state !!
Millay - 2 Feb 2009 20:45
One of three JDWs and being slightly out of town it seemed a bit more laid back than the two on Friar St. Good selection of beers and the Blackadder and Snowy were both excellent. The quiz machine failed miserably to reward our investment but that could have had more to do with our ebrity than any sinister plot.

Millay - 2 Feb 2009 20:42
Good selection of real ale ,all in good condition. Cheap beer and food compared to the rest of reading!
lotus - 11 Nov 2008 16:03
Beer quality currently excellent. Service a little more variable...
Quinno - 21 Sep 2008 17:12
I do miss Bob's, but I'm not sure why...
Eponine - 10 Sep 2008 14:58
Beer quality incredibly variable can range from excellent to awful. The last beer festival was so badly managed that Mullet Man Tim Martin appeared in person to see what was going wrong!

The nicest Spoons in town in terms of dcor, but not in beer.
Quinno - 18 Feb 2008 14:15
Packed out Spoons with the usual suspects. It's the lairyness that gets me, an awful lot of shrieking. The beer is too cold and it takes ages to get served.
imdownthepub - 21 Oct 2007 14:55
It's just another JD Wetherspoons'. If you can't afford to drink in a proper pub you can't beat them. : )
pubinspectors - 31 Jul 2007 15:37
Visited here for the first time last night (Fri 15 June) Staff were friendly and efficient and we got served quickly. Clean and confortable - atmosphere seems better than the other two central Reading Wetherspoons - not as scary !
Upton_Parker - 16 Jun 2007 18:02
Ales generally OK or better but service can be painfully slow. Rumour has it that there is only one real manager for the 3 town centre Weatherspoons which explains erratic ale quality and service. As with most of these pubs, I find it is better to stick to the bog standard meals - fish & chips, chilli etc. They once served me an inedible roast here. No smoking - hurrah!
orval - 7 Mar 2007 11:16
Mixed review for this pub. Enjoy the Sunday Roasts but every now and then I get a stingy, luke warm meal. The bar staff can be pretty slack and it can take an age to get served. It's non-smoking so it's a different type of clientele e.g. nicer! No kids, hooray!
snorkler - 10 Dec 2006 14:45
Reasonable food, a good stop for refuelling during a pub crawl. Quite empty for a Weatherspoons on both of my visits.
DeggyT - 5 Nov 2006 00:07
Its ale fest time in this pub in October. The fest started 2 days ago. The beer we had was straight from the cask so it should have had more life and taste than it did. Pub is nevertheless comfortable and 'good for a Reading pub'
anonymous - 22 Oct 2006 18:07
Great pub that is clean and not full of under age kids.
Staff are great always remenber my name and drink. great quiz night on weds.

anonymous - 16 Oct 2006 21:40
Not bad for Wetherspoons I guess, but their policy of ID is completely OTT.
anonymous - 26 Sep 2006 18:10
Well well, went back in on Saturday, and was served by possibly the rudest and amateur barmaid in southern England. The blonde one who looks like she's sucking a lemon.

The management in here must be pretty ropey to let such an awful person serve, she's only fit for bog-scrubbing duties.

I won't be going back. Whetherspoons are really going downhill fast.
Quinno - 24 Sep 2006 16:30
Second best of the three Spoons in Reading. A cleaner and brighter establishment than the others, but the ale and selection of, is way inferior to the Monks, though better than the Hope. Ate here, usual Wetherspoons fayre. Not really worth a stop with so much nearby.
Quinno - 20 Sep 2006 22:46
best beer garden in reading and the best wetherspoons to. love the bobs
anonymous - 15 Jun 2006 22:26
fab pub
anonymous - 15 Jun 2006 22:25
Pretty much what you come to expect for Wetherspoons. Reletively good beer, well priced and a good pub grub menu.

Layout is good and outside area good in the summer
ballie22 - 16 Feb 2006 12:51
Nice pub, but occasionally long wit for food.

Now has a music licence (yes, I know- in a Wetherspoons!), mostly background jazz.

Chilled out.
pint_sizedvix - 11 Feb 2006 17:17
The best Wetherspoons I have ever been in. Non-smoking, large with a good (cheap) bar. You are always able to get a seat (even on a Friday night) and during the summer they have a seating area outside where you can drink your pint and sit next to the River Kennet.

Would you really expect that from a 'spoons?

Now open until midnight every night too!
higgsboson - 3 Feb 2006 20:48
Went to bobs this evening, it was great, lovely curry, great staff, v v friendly manager, was spoken to politely but still friendly, and that made me feel valued as a customer, food always great, ale top notch, good selection of world beer, slight criticism do we need tv's? otherwise best pub by far, will definitely return next week. THANKYOU BOB A BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER
anonymous - 20 Jan 2006 05:51
The best Wetherspoons in Reading. Plus the whole pub is no smoking. Heaven. Who cares about the oldies, they have life too you know. Good food, good atmosphere!!!!!
siancollins - 4 Jan 2006 15:35
Nice Pub, good selection of beers and ciders, if you sit at the back you can look out over the canal, there is an outdoor patio area with heaters. Non smoking, inexpensive.

No TV, Pool Tables or other such annoyances.
brucedenney - 20 Dec 2005 13:45
Easily the best Wetherspoons of the four in the Reading area. Great location with good ale selection. Even better now it's no smoking, as all the chain smoking lager louts go to the Monk's Retreat on Friar Street, meaning much more mature drinkers there.
McDrunk - 17 Dec 2005 11:38
Nice location just by the canal
anonymous - 3 Aug 2005 18:27
Top Pub!! Serves a fine selction of well maintained cask ales and the food looks good to. A really friendy atmosphere with a great beer garden next to the river which when sunny you need to get there early as it gets really busy.
anonymous - 5 Jul 2005 17:14
Had a great quiz night there last weds.
anonymous - 5 Jul 2005 17:10
Weatherspoons standard fare - so you know what you are getting - although must congratulate them on making it non smoking.
golden_wonder - 22 Apr 2005 15:48
This pub is now a no smoking pub.Its great to be able to sit and have a meal and drink without smell of fag smoke. Well done Back of Beyond.
anonymous - 21 Mar 2005 18:40
Standard wetherspoosns fodder, but none the worse for that, does what it says on the tin i suppose !:)
DaveNez - 21 Mar 2005 01:23
Plenty of room here, and usually a good selection of ales.
This pub has been selected by Wetherspoons for their "no smoking" experiment starting in May. It'll be interesting to see what sort of crwod they attract once all the smokers have been kicked out.
BinBagBob - 13 Feb 2005 10:48
Quality place a lot of wetherspoons attract a less than salubrious crowd but this is a great pub!
mattyd - 7 Jan 2005 16:43
Great atmoshere in this pub. Lovely and warm with fab food and good ale to wash it down with.

M,Bishop - 14 Nov 2004 16:44
Went there yesterday. Out of 12 real ale pumps only 2 were working. Took ages to get served as well. Bloody disgrace!
Jez - 13 Nov 2004 18:41
Great pub for a few beers at lunch or after work. As its a Weatherspoon's pub you know its cheap booze & food.
ANDREW - 10 Nov 2004 12:13
Good pub, but sometimes let down by the fact that most of the real ales are not available. The other Westherspoons in Reading don't seem to have this problem, so what are they doing wrong here I wonder?
Bob - 8 Nov 2004 16:13
We use this pub all the time and find the staff and Managers very Pleasant. Its very clean and the beer garden is lovely.
Added bonus it's Great value for money.
Simon - 6 Sep 2004 16:51
Used to be my fave pub until the current manager arrived and some of the staff became aggressive and offensive, which is a great shame because the outside garden and the couches at the rear of the pub are great, as is the curry, but this can also be enjoyed at any of Reading's other wetherspoons.
Stuart - 5 Sep 2004 16:04
Too many customers from the Prudential - apart from that, nice pub - great curry
bob - 30 Aug 2004 09:13
Cor blimey! A Wetherspoons where the [normal strength] lager doesn't invoke vomiting. And generally OK in all aspects. Worth a visit.
Jim - 2 Aug 2004 12:34
Great beer garden to chill out in.
Good service from the bar staff.
The best wetherspoons in Reading.

kirsty - 1 Jun 2004 16:31
great pub but too small for the amount of people it attracts.
rachel - 24 May 2004 15:03
Lovely Pub but the staff are extremely rude at closing time!

We usually leave on our weekly visit discussion how they do not have to be so rude and they would get more co operation in drinking up if they asked nicely.

I worked in Pubs and I know the law but I can't be bothered to argue with the stroppy so and sos!

As a musician I like to be able to talk a great bonus in Wetherspoons pubs generally.
Fiddler - 19 May 2004 09:32
great pub.
jess - 18 May 2004 17:09
They have a Beer Festival on the 26th to the 31st of May ( Bank Hoilday weekend ) with 30 Reals Ales on. also they have a Curry Festival on two of the nights ( Weds & Thurs )Must be worth a vist.

paul - 12 May 2004 11:05
A good wetherspoons as long as you like 'em - you know what you're going to get and you know you're going going to get a bargain of a pint. Always has lots of guest beers so you can't really complain. Better than the JDWs in friar street that are a magnet for every crumbling old drunk in RG1.
Justin - 21 Apr 2004 22:46
Better now that they 'reopened' ie taken down those useless umbrellas. See more of the sun now and more visible to the 500k flats opposite.

david.stockton - 13 Apr 2004 10:10
Best JDW in Reading.
Nice terrace in summer.
Good real ale.
Friendly staff.

Phil - 6 Mar 2004 16:59
"WE LOVE BOBS" "WE LOVE BOBS"

Great atmosphere, a nice pint, top service, and thus a good place to start a night.

If ya can try the Wetherspoons in Henley, Catherine Wheel i think, its a lloyds bar so you get music too.
Rob Green - 9 Feb 2004 17:29
Friendy pub with good mix customers.
Good range of real ales.
Steak out extra Tuesday nights
Curry club Thursday nights
Nice outside area by the river that is heated.

bob - 19 Oct 2003 19:57
i must say i think its pretty good actually, nice place to chill with mates and i particularly like the patio area near the river.
rach - 14 Oct 2003 16:26
Maybe I have just been unlucky, consistently .........

I have to say the curry night is good but I have been disappointed by the every day stuff. Its possible that things have improved as I have not eaten there since my last poor experience of cremated garlic bread and over cooked chips...
Monty - 1 Sep 2003 10:22
Have to disagree with "Monty".

The food is good and consistent with JDW establishments across the country.

Agree with "Vindaloo" on the bier-halle aspect.
PsychO - 31 Aug 2003 12:42
OK for the beer but the food is consistantly poor. It may be cheap but even taking this into account it does not match the standards of other Wetherspoons ...
Monty - 21 Aug 2003 15:43
Excellent cheap beer and food if you like a "beerhall" feel.
Vindaloo - 13 Aug 2003 14:32

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