Advantages good choice of ale, lot of character
Disadvantages few seats, not the cheapest pub,
Finding a pub with a bit of character can be difficult in a place like Reading where the faceless identikit chains rule. Luckily I can always rely on the Hobgoblin my favourite pub in in the town for a decent pint of real ale and a cosy seat where you can have a bit of privacy if you want. Although it may have once had associations with the Wychwood brewery and the Hobgoblin chain of pubs it feels very much like an independent. Its a pub I immediately felt at home in the first time I first stepped through its doors. And here's why i love it so much.
On entering the Hobgoblin you go down a couple of steps straight into the bar area. Its quite small and there are usually a lo of the regulars (some the traditional CAMRA stereotype others not so) standing around. However I've never found it a problem getting served even when busy. I have always been served pretty swiftly. The Hobgoblin is a real ale aficionado's paradise. There's about six of them on at all times. I like th fact they actively support local breweries My last visits they had Good Old boy from the West Berkshire brewery as well as offering from Two Bridges Brewery. These are clearly labeled as local brews. If you are bewildered by the variety or just indecisive the bar staff are happy to to advise, as they are very knowledgeable about he beers on tap. I remember standing at the bar and saying to my boyfriend that I fancied something dark”fancy something dark. The barman immediately asked if I liked something spicy and pointed to a very tasty winter ale very much to my taste. I like this , as sometimes I go into a pub and ask about a particular beer whether it is golden or a stout and they have no clue whatsoever. The downside is it is not the cheapest place in Reading to drink. On my last visit I bought a round of two pints of Bbumblebee and it came to £6.60. They do serve a range of spirits and other drinks (i think a JD and Coke is around about the £3 mark). But this is definitely a pub where beer is king.Fancy a rare breeds beefburger rustic chips topped with garlic aoli. You are out of luck, as the Hobgoblin does not have a menu apart from the traditional peanuts and crisps. Its also a mobile phone free so peace from annoying ring tones and people saying “I'm in the Pub”. Due to these two things its not a family fpub . Thais is a drinker's pub
Once you've got your pint its now time to find a seat and marvel at he pub's interior. It's quite plain with wooden furnishings but the walls and also the ceilings are completely covered with the various beer pump clips they have had over the years.
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