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The Black Boy

RR - RRR, British,
Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
+44 118 988 3116
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
RR - RRR
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LOCATION
Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
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1 - 10 of 685 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Visited at lunchtime 16-1-19 with 6 friends although some items on the menu not available service from waitress Rachel was excellent & what we did eat was very good with the exception of the chips ,very dry .Will visit again

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank shortysilverdale
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first time to visit with 30 friends. Menus were requested inadvance, on the night all of the food was served hot,very well presented, generous portions but most of all it tasted fantastic. Really good selection of wine and spirits. All in all fantastic food...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank themunk m
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for posting this excellent review! We're delighted to hear how much you all enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon :o)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on Sunday for lunch to get some idea if my brother would enjoy lunch at The Black Boy when he comes to visit us. We decided to take him somewhere else as we were disappointed with the roast pork dinner which was described...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank monkey7266
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks you for your review and feedback and lovely comments about our pub and staff. I'm really sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meals with us and if food quality on certain items was not up to our usual high standards on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place operates to a consistently high standard. The staff are very efficient and particularly clued up regarding dietary requirements and there’s a good choice, especially if you are vegan. Love the new seating area outside.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Annabelle S
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for this excellent review, Annabelle. Our easy to use allergens app and our Vegan Menu are proving very popular with customers. We hope to see you again soon :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting for drinks on a couple of occasions, I finally got the chance to try the beautiful cuisine on offer at The Black Boy. Prawn lollipops to start, lush. Steak for main, incredible and the cookie desert was out of this world. It was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank michaelsG8076LU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a Friday night, 9 of us for my sons birthday. Had a great evening with nice food, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will be back soon.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 968leighm
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your lovely review and for recommending us, we look forward to welcoming you again soon :o)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a family lunch, to be honest food was good but service is very slow and they forgot in some stage that we order our lunch and the waitress was very polite and assured that our order in coming. We planned to eat...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 67walaae
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review and feedback, apologies if service wasn't quite up to speed on this occasion but thanks for recommending us and we hope to see you all again soon :0)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely recommend booking as it’s a popular place. Lovely ambiance with a warm and cosy feel to the place. Traditional pub menu with a good variety. The food was extremely tasty, decent portion sizes and fairly priced. We were a group of six and thoroughly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Abi1980Welwyn
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That's great to hear! Thanks for your review and yes booking is recommended but very easy via our website, the Barons App or by calling the pub direct on 01189883116 :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a review of two half’s. 1. Service - outstanding! Guy behind the bar so chatty and helpful. Waiter who found us a table on a busy Saturday lunch service brilliant. Drinks splendid. 2. Food - not great! Ordered a mushroom and herb risotto...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank tbolton123
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi and many thanks for your feedback. Apologies that your meals were not up to our usual high standards on this occasion but I do hope that in the light of all the other positives, you will give us another try :0)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was extremely slow. It took half an hour to get drinks, we were never asked again if we required more drinks. Food was luke warm and served on cold plates. We had pre ordered food but were told they only had 2 puddings...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Abi D
Barons D, Customer Relations Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Abi I am so sorry to hear about this very disappointing dining experience at the Black Boy and I apologise that we let you all down on this occasion. Please can you get in touch via email and I will come back to you...More

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464beverleyb
24 May 2017|
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Response from Ellie R | Reviewed this property |
you can certainly eat outside. it is very pleasant.
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REGINALD C
13 April 2015|
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Response from MarcN151 |
Good evening Reginald The menus can all be found on our website which is listed on the main page. (Sorry, we are not allowe3d to post the link in this section!) To book a table, please contact us on 01189 883116 anytime... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
We’re delighted to be the new owners of The Black Boy, Shinfield. We are currently closed for an extensive refurbishment and are due to reopen on Wednesday 8th March 2017. We will be updating this our website shortly and you will be able to book a table online from mid February, so watch this space! We look forward to seeing you. Barons Pub Company
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