Advantages Live Music, Cheap Beer, Great atmosphere
Disadvantages Drab decor, toilets
When visiting the town of Reading, there are several local, friendly bars that I like to frequent. Public houses that cater for different styles and tastes but always offer a welcoming smile and a decent served pint. One of my favourites is The Turks, situated along the London Road, near Reading Hospital.
The interior of The Turks would put off all but the most heartened newcomers, with it's wooden tables and chair, gaudy sofa's and dark drab appearance, but once past the lack of glamour and sophistication you will find a pub that welcomes you with open arms. The Juke Box is always kept updated with the latest punk/metal bands albums, and the bar staff are always open to suggestions for alternate music that could be incorporated. Alongside the Juke Box, The Turks have recently (over the last couple of months) starting allowing local bands to play live on Saturday nights. These nights are guaranteed to leave you with your ears ringing, but also an appreciation of the local talent often unheard in the bigger towns. As an example "Confuzin Jack", "MonkeyFist", "Outlaw" and "School for the Gifted" and a few of those chosen bands appearing over the next couple of weeks. Their music varies from stoner metal, to southern rock, to thrash metal and although this may not appeal to all certainly ensures a lively and vibrant evening, alongside free entrance and low priced drinks.
The Turks has recently started to serve food again, between the hours of 12-3 and 6-9 on most days. The menu here is plentiful serving your traditional pub grub, e.g. burgers and chips, rump steaks, etc, and all for very reasonable prices.
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