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The Bell, Waltham St Lawrence - pub details

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Address: The Street, Waltham St Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0JJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7825) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Twyford (2.7 miles), Wargrave (3.5 miles), Shiplake (4.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.9/10 (rated by 34 users)
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After a 7 year absence, we recalled how much we enjoyed this pub on our last visit and made a point of booking a table for a Saturday evening meal. The pub, the ales and the ciders/perries were just as good as we remembered. But the food was a bit of a let down. We remembered seeing a decent blackboard of options in the bar. But now there is a very limited standard menu. Food was ok, without being anything special. I will downgrade my rating from a 9 to an 8, as this is still a great place for a drink. Ales yesterday were Loddon Hoppit, West Berkshire Screaming Eagle, Church End Red Shirt Blues & Butts Traditional & Organic Jester. Ciders and perries were Westons Old Rosie, Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze, Lilleys Bee Sting & Crazy Goat, Crazy Dave's Wessex Apple & Berkshire Apple, Broadoak Moonshine, Millwhites Apples & Pears & Abrahalls Cracklin' Rosie.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Oct 2016 20:20
The first time I popped into this pub, I was pleasantly surprised at its charm and simplicity.

We tried the first beer we saw and it was perfect. We tried the other beers and they were perfect. Then the ciders and the perries. Wow. That quick, lunchtime visit turned into a long afternoon and evening.

This pub has the best beer, cider and perry for miles. It also has some pretty good food. The minute steak sandwich was always a favourite... the home made pork pie another.

There's nothing at all wrong with this pub... Sometimes it gets busy and a little difficult but everyone gets served eventually...

Probably my favourite pub in England.

I've had better food in another pub - but this pub still scores a 10 easily because it's a proper pub with character, charm, helpful staff and the all important drink.
QuinnF - 17 Feb 2016 20:36
This was once a great little pub and If you catch this place on the right day it still is
However, it's been become cliquey. A previous landlord turned it back into a proper pub and the the Range Rover and G&T brigade left, but they're now back. The beer is still top notch and the food good if a little pretentious and over priced. But the main problem is trying to get to the bar. We asked a couple of customers who were blocking the bar and obstructing the hand pumps to move so we could get served and one looked at us as though we were from outer space.

It is a real struggle to get served at times and this can even happen when the place is empty.

The staff are young and enthusiastic though. However, when it does work and the proper locals venture out you can have a pleasant time.

In short a good pub, but spoilt by the lots of money and no manners brigade who clearly don't want proper locals or visitors in THEIR pub.

thewildrover - 25 Oct 2013 18:08
Walked here with friends on Boxing Day. Received a warm welcome, found a table, ordered the drinks and not a word about had we booked for lunch, so refreshing not to be quizzed about bloody lunch!

The Moles Brewery 'Stocking Filler' went down a treat, three times in fact.

Well done to the licencees here, great independent pub, not mucked about with by brewery idiots.
Pubspymaster - 17 Jan 2013 21:41
Visited this evening and while the beer was up to its usual high standard we decided to eat as well. Service was almost non-existant. Waited during the consumption of two pints for the "beer bread" to arrive. Starters arrived about 30 minutes later. Main coursed arrived 1 hour and 20 minutes after we placed the order. Only received half the required cutlery. Chips so covered in salt that they were virtually inedible for some of my party. Sauces had to be ordered twice. Vegetables finally arrived after main courses had been almost finished. Cleared the table ourselves after the first course and had to ask for the table to be cleared after the main course. Would have understood had the place been busy but it wasn't. People came in, ordered, ate and left while we were still waiting. I am told by locals that this is down to weekend staff. Having paid over 100 for the evening, I will seriously consider whether to eat there again at a weekend. Very disappointed after my previous comments. Luckily I usually go to a pub for its beer and not the food so I will be returning.
topsailjon - 25 Feb 2012 22:49

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