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Black Boy, Shinfield - pub details

Black Boy
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Address: Shinfield Road, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13505) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Earley (2.5 miles), Reading (3.5 miles), Winnersh Triangle (3.6 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 5.4/10 (rated by 15 users)
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Six Bells, Shinfield (0.3 miles), Bell and Bottle, Shinfield (0.6 miles), Royal Oak, Shinfield (0.6 miles), Magpie and Parrot, Shinfield (0.7 miles), Toby Carvery, Lower Earley (1.0 miles) - see more nearby pubs

 

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Very poor experience. We booked a table for lunch with my 81 year old mother and 18 year old son. Very curt rude service by the waitress. We were not made to feel welcome.
The potatoes were not delivered with the salmon and we were told that they were under the fish. They were not.
When I informed the waitress that the potatoes were not there, she made no apology, huffed and just walked off. When they arrived they were not fully cooked so we sent them back. Still no apology and felt as if we were the inconvenience.
At the end I asked to see the manager. A man came who informed me he was the owner. I explained our experience to him and asked if he felt like adjusting our bill. He argued with us that in his opinion the potatoes were cooked, then took the bill and screwed it up in his hand and said that 'he would respect our decision not to come to his pub again'

My 81 year old mother was very upset to have been treated this way. We have been coming to this pub for many years celebrating large and small family occasions.
DINSY41 - 24 Mar 2016 09:53
Not exactly made to feel welcome at this pub. Came in at 8:25 and asked if they were doing food. A curt check on the till and told to find my table and order at the bar.

I did this, and then realised that a) they have a restaurant around the back with table service and b) they had a specials menu that no-one told me about.

Got the feeling I was in the way.

Food was fine and service good. Thirsty after a walk, so had a Stella and cannot comment on the real ale.
Mappiman - 9 Jul 2015 18:17
Surely one of the most awful rip-off prone pubs for miles. It has a reasonable interior but why are you charging consumers West London prices amid an economic collapse? No wonder so many pubs are closing. You may be too if you stick with prices like yours.
fender100 - 14 Jun 2012 23:51
More of a restaurant than a pub, including waitress service for some tables. Staff not very friendly if you just want a drink and it was packed on a Friday night! Also no dogs allowed indoors. Didn't try the food so can't comment on that, but won't be going back for drinks only.
Erdingerfan - 7 Sep 2011 12:36
Average pub with a 'food led' operation. Nice sized car park. Didn't try the beer as I was driving. The place was empty when I visited, but it was 3:00 in the afternoon!!! Overall it was clean and well presented, I will visit again.
wolvesfan - 23 Aug 2011 10:57

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