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The Black Boy

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Shinfield Road | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BP, England
+44 118 988 3116
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to The Black Boy for dinner on Friday night with my husband - it was our first time back there since it's huge renovation recently. We were really impressed - the place looks amazing and the garden particularly is lovely with loads of great seating options and decorated "private" booths. The menu has also been revamped and provides a... More 

Thank AP101_4
Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Decided to visit as curious about the refurbishment. First impressions were good. The character of the building was intact, & the furnishings & attention to detail were of a high standard. The staff were friendly. My choice was a fish pie, which was tasty & the portion size was just right. However, service was on the slow side. Not a... More 

Thank 39Alan
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is under new ownership and it has changed a lot... They have done a fantastic job with the outside area so would highly recommend for a drink but the food is below par. The prices are high for food which should not be that price. We had: A Cesar salad (£12), which comprised of mainly iceberg lettuce? The BBQ... More 

Thank InfinityMadison
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good refurbishment, relaxed with a great ambiance. Super menu, very varied with something for everyone. All was beautifully cooked and the lollipop tempura prawns were a highlight. Friendly efficient service. Will be returning.

Thank Lyne Y
Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Third visit since the re-opening and in my opinion it has dropped in quality on each. First visit was great and I said as much on their website, brilliant, impressed. Second visit there were 11 of us, started off OK but the Monkfish skillets had morphed into something very different from my first visit, I'd recommended it to our party... More 

Thank Alan P
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great birthday celebration dinner here last week, helpfully and efficiently looked after by Zoe. Excellent menu & specials, with good choice of beers & wines. High standard of food - we had squid, sea bass and crumble, and loved it all! Recently & tastefully renovated, including outdoor heated cosy nooks. Thank you Zoe & all friendly staff.... More 

Thank j0hnandberyl
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this review

What a great review! Thanks for posting it, John & Beryl and for all your lovely comments. Thanks also for the great feedback about our friendly staff - we'll be sure to pass it on. See you soon :0) More 

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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought we'd give the place another go after the refurbishment and what can I say but wow what an amazing space they have made the outside into, lots over outdoor seating and cute little cubby holes that are covered with heaters, the staff are really friendly and helpful, the menu is a bit basic but the place it's self makes... More 

Thank Michelle D
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this review

That's lovely to hear! Thanks for posting, Michelle and we look forward to welcoming you again soon :0) More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, lots of gin to choose from and good food. Very friendly service and really impressed with outside area and outside bar! Charlotte and Zoe were very helpful.

Thank Danielle J
Barons D, General Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this review

Thanks for this great review, Danielle, glad to hear that you are impressed with the refurb and with our lovely staff! Hope to see you again soon :0) More 

Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on the 14th April 2017 thought i would give the pub another chance after two very disappointing visits since the new owners took over. Wish i hadn't bothered.. Over priced drinks. Service terrible Food very poor and small portions Gas fire pit turned on at 8.30pm mmmmm First the drink prices. £5.40 for a pint of Peroni. That is... More 

2 Thank gavinsss
Barons D, Senior Manager at The Black Boy, responded to this review

Dear Gavin, I am so sorry to hear about your very disappointing visits and would really appreciate the chance to speak to you personally about the issues that you raise. Please can you email me a contact telephone number so I can call you at your convenience? My email address is: neil.perks@baronspubs.com Many thanks in anticipation. Kind regards Neil Perks... More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

food wonderful lovely home made options.staff friendly and lovely atmosphere. patio are looks lovely too .highly recommend

Thank Ingrid B
Barons D, Owner at The Black Boy, responded to this review

Thanks for recommending us so highly and for posting this lovely review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?