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Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1EX
0.17 miles from Reading station [Map]
Final Score: 6.0 out of 10
Steve's Score:3.5 (Out of 5)
Gray's Grade:2.5 (Out of 5)
Steve Supped:Wadworth 6X
Gray Gulped:Wadworth 6X
Garden / Facilities:Small, narrow, dark and traditional. Room at the front, bar in the middle and another room at the back with a TV. A rare real pub right in the middle of the town centre.

15 June 2004

About ten people in the pub in total, a handful of tables and chairs, fruit machine, TV and a bar that wrapped around in the middle. Real Ale on offer and well postitioned in Friar Street. Good collection of flies buzzing around the ceiling too. The Bugle is a proper pub and a very refreshing change from all those chain ones. Friendly bar staff and no chance of any trouble in here (unless you get attacked by a swarm of bar flies). Basic, but nice. G.


Over to Steve to remember the beer list. Nice pint of 6X though. Very tasty. Would have been nice to have tried the Batemans "Portugoal" - but didn't spot it until it was too late. G.

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(Rated 10 out of 10)
Charles & Patricis Brown visited in September 2013

"Great times between 1985 and 1988. Met Jeff and Lynn the Managers on holiday in Greece. Stationed at RAF Upper Heyford. Spent many good evenings and nights in their upstairs apartment. Got to know many regulars Colin Chart, Paul, Old Bill and others. Lynn did beautiful food; loved her bacon batty.Hated to go back to USA, no pubs like that where we live."

(Rated 3 out of 10)
Daz visited in September 2008

"Visited last week and found the pub very grubby i'm sorry to say."

(Rated 8 out of 10)
Pamela Monteiro visited in September 2007

"Hi there, just to let everyone know we now have FOOD on offer from mid-day until 6pm from 10 Sept '07. Sunday lunches will be available from 1pm until 3pm EVERY SUNDAY from 16 Sept '07. Meal Deals (drink & snack or main course) from £2.99 Best wishes Pamela Monteiro "

(Rated 8 out of 10)
John Monteiro visited in September 2007

"Hi everyone, just to update you on The Bugle & what's happening over the 2 /3 months. SKY SPORTS (and SETANTA SPORTS) We have now re-subscribed to SKY SPORTS (its been installed in our back bar), we have installed a BIG SCREEN in the back bar & a smaller LCD flat screen in the front bar. Info on What's On etc on our boards & in the back bar. FOOD MENU We have re-opened our kitchens & our menu is from 12noon to 6pm (Mon to Sat). Summer menu coming to the end, (Autumn / Winter menu from OCT '07). We plan a re-furbishment of the back bar (incl seating) during Oct / Nov '07 but we are not closing during this time, we will open front bar while the back bar is being furbished. Regards Pamela & John Monteiro "
John Monteiro (the landlord) visited in December 2004

"You arrived around the time the drains at the side alley had collapsed. You will notice this especially when it rains, it floods the "Fife Court" alleyway but does not cause any problems to the pub itself. The flies were a nuisance for over 2 weeks. No matter what we did to get rid of them, they returned double in number the next day. The Bugle is a bit brighter and at this festive time (Christmas 2004) we are even brighter! Yes, it can have the feel of gloomyness about it on some grey days but it is actually quite a lively pub. When you visited we had no food offer on but since your last visit, we have opened up a new kitchen (newly built at the rear of the premises) and we offer hot and cold food, every day including a Sunday Roast for under a fiver! We have a plasma screen & a juke box (with over 500 songs) and just the one fruit machine now! Having said that we are a "chatterers" pub where most of the regulars (and many new ones have joined in over the 16 months that we have operated here) enjoy a banter, a chat about life in general, many of them putting the problems of the world to rest over a pint or three... We open at 10am and we close at 11pm every day except on Sundays (10.30), you will always feel welcome in The Bugle! We offer four Real Ales from £1.99 to £2.50 per pint, depending on the Ale, at this time we have Bombardier, Courage Best, Courage Directors, and Batemans "Rosey Nosey" as the Guest Ale. Like the Blagrave Arms (our "sister" pub) we change our Guest Ale every 3 to 5 days, depending on the consumption and the cleaning cycle of the beerlines. Cheers!"

Average Visitor Score: 7.25 out of 10


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