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The Black Boy

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
+44 118 988 3116
12:00 - 22:00
Open now
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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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Reading, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place closing soon with no new date,have been here regularly for over a year and always had lovely food

1 Thank Penny P
Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Black Boy on many occasions with my partner for dinner and friends for lunch/dinner. Always delicious food and friendly professional staff.

Thank Wendyanne_16
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good atmosphere there and great staff, food pretty good too. cosy in the winter and great in the summer

Thank martyshaw2017
Ottawa, Canada
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent, for a busy place the service was great too. It's changing hands in 2017 but everything was still top notch. I had a simple salmon, prawn and avocado salad but it was made well. the ploughman's board is huge.

Thank ChrisW007
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to have lunch and had not booked a table and lots of people in restaurant celebrating their Christmas parties. Luckily got a table for 2 and had a fab sausages, mash and onion gravy and quick turnaround from ordering food to being on the table. Staff were friendly, provided good service and ask if food was ok and anything... More 

Thank Livvy68
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

First time visiting on a Friday lunchtime just before Christmas so it was busy. We should have booked but we were lucky enough to get the last table. It is conveniently close to the motorway and possible to get a decent meal for under a tenner each.

Thank Kind42
Reading, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Called in the other day and had steak and kidney pudding from the specials. Plenty of meat and it was hot. So nice to see the pudding on menu instead of the usual pie. Also had double chocolate cheesecake to die for. Attentive service Would have given 5 star's but drinks a tad expensive.

Thank sanlee17
Winchfield, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 30 November 2016

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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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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

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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
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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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