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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
+44 118 988 3116
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 09:30
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Winchfield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lot of people at work rate this Pub, six of us went out for a spot of lunch one Friday lunchtime, I now agree with them and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. We entered the property via the rear and it was more restaurant than pub, I am unsure of whether there is a pub part at the front. The... More 

Thank Darren H
Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A much frequented pub by myself & girlfriend, always a warm welcome, the food is always excellent, I can't praise this pub enough, the service is also above & beyond, the only thing I have to ask for is the bill at the end and that always arrives promptly.

Thank 820steveo
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very relaxed atmosphere even when its busy. Not eaten here but the food looks good from what ive seen. I do tend to eye ball the plated meals as they are served as you do. Restaurant area look welcoming to.nice in the summer & well xmas spirit decorated in the winter. I hope the road works haven't had to adverse... More 

Thank Marc P
Boise, Idaho
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful Sunday meal here. Steak and ale pie, lamb stew, Sunday roast beef - all delicious with traditional accompaniments. Great desserts, too. A friend chose the place and met us here. Had a really nice meal - staff seemed a bit harried and uppity for a pub. Road construction made it difficult to get into and out... More 

Thank Mary S
Yateley, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were delighted with the family celebration meal we had at the Black Boy yesterday. we had guests attending from the Midlands, South Wales, the south coast, as well as those who are more local to the Black Boy, and everyone praised both the food and your staff. The food was excellent and well presented, and the staff couldn't have... More 

1 Thank Ali0955
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here twice recently and on both occasions the food has been amazing and so has the service except when it came to paying the bill! Both times we've split the bill paying half on card and putting a £20 note on the plate the staff have assumed the change is a tip! Maybe staff should be told to... More 

Thank hl1970
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Black Boy this evening and as per previous visits the food is very average and possibly slightly over priced. That is not what annoys me as I know what to expect and it has been the same for some time. What I do object to is being told that I can't sit somewhere as it is reserved. It... More 

Thank Jason T
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had another good meal at the Black Boy last weekend and it consistently delivers great food. The place is very popular at certain times (esp. Friday lunchtimes and the main evenings) so make sure you book, but can always be guaranteed a great meal and whilst slightly more expensive that some might think for the area it is great... More 

1 Thank Shinfield
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited The Black Boy with both family and friends over the years. This pub always provided good customer service and tasty homemade food. Unfortunately I was disappointed with my visit last week. The male manager was very rude and condescending not only to his colleagues but to regular customers too. I believe this member of staff made an... More 

1 Thank Rhena E
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

5 couples from around the South and West of the Country just come together for one of our periodic meet ups and had an excellent time in both the bar and restaurant. Restaurant team flexible regarding amendments requested on menu selections. All dishes presented looked appetizing and tasted delicious. Staff were very friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

2 Thank Peter G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 09:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 988 3116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?