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“Awful is a understatement ”
Review of The Hope Tap

The Hope Tap
Ranked #301 of 637 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: US$7 - US$20
Cuisines: Pub
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

To the staff moaning about the place I should of listened before ordering my food. raw pork hairs in food not even a table check for over an hour whilst we finished our drinks this place is awful and I wouldn't eat in there again if my life depended on it watching the chef walk through the restaurant rubbing his nose and feeling his hair I don't think I need to say more.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We popped in here for a drink before a meal out in Reading. The staff were pleasant and we did not have to wait too long to be served. The food menu looked average but unfortunately its a local pub for a select section of the Reading population. I would pop in for an occasional cheap drink

Thank Anthony J
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

As the title suggests, I certainly would recommend one not visit this pub until they are at least in their sixties, or at least look it. I had the misfortune of visiting here with some friends last week and the deputy-manager is simply one of the rudest and most authoritarian men I have ever met, a man who clearly failed at setting up private dictatorship on a small island, and so he brought his unpalatable demeanor to our little pub on Friar Street.

So a man walked into a bar and asked for a pint of beer. The barman readies a glass and asks for the reasonable tariff of £2.70. But, before pouring, pops the question. "Do you have any ID on you sir?" Of course I do, I reach into my pocket, pull my identification out, and hand it over to him. Barely glancing at it, he then says to me "I'm sorry but that isn't ID." What a ridiculous notion, I tell him, of course it's ID, it's an official document with my picture and date of birth on it. The barman, who didn't look old enough to be serving alcohol himself, may I add, was clearly made uncomfortable by my calm, logical persistence, and sent for the deputy-manager.

The man arrived, and asked what the problem was. The barman handed him my ID card, and said that he cannot accept my ID card, as their policy is to "only accept passports and full driving licenses." I begin to tell him what I told the barman, that it is an official document complete with date of birth and photo, but before I am even three words through my explanation he cuts in "no, I'm doing the talking, either you show ID or you get out." Again, I begin to protest that I do have ID, and that he is holding it, and that my ID card has always been accepted at other pubs in Reading - including the other Wetherspoons just down the road, and the Wetherspoons and other pubs in my hometown, and Wetherspoons' and pubs in London. Hearing this, he then has the audacity to say "no this is fake." By this point I am nearly laughing, if anyone has seen the wedding episode of Fawlty Towers they will understand what I mean.

A few minutes of the deputy manager wallowing in his own self-indulgent pretentiousness later, adamantly refusing my requests for him to listen to the other side of the story, one of my friends turned up with my passport. I show him this, and he replies that my passport is fake too and summarily tells me that if I "think I'm ever entering (that) pub again I can go and get (insert vulgar word that TripAdvisor doesn't permit in a review)." Before walking through the door I told him truthfully that I damned well wouldn't want to.

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