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The Greyfriar of Reading (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Downton - Wheat StoutExcellent1
Binghams - Viennese WhirlExcellent1
Kirkstall - Three SwordsExcellent1
Alechemy - RitualExcellent1
Belleville - Picnic Session IPAExcellent1
Newby Wyke - Bear IslandExcellent1
Binghams - Twyford TippleGood1
Alechemy - CharismaGood1
Atom - Blend 1 - CamomileGood1
Harbour - New Zealand Gold Good1
Ghost - VampGood1
Red Cat - HuehuetenangoGood1
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing GoatGood1
Arbor Ales - LimelightAcceptable1
Triple fff - Ramble Tamble (previously 4.6%)Acceptable1
Derventio - BarbarianAcceptable1
Hogs Back - HBBNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Baize Chocolate Mint StoutNot Tried0
Gloucester - GoldNot Tried0
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli StoutNot Tried0
Wimbledon - SW19 Summer AleNot Tried0
Coastal - Fantastic FiveNot Tried0
RedWillow - HeadlessNot Tried0
RedWillow - FecklessNot Tried0
Hammerpot - Madgwick GoldNot Tried0
Ascot - Starting Gate (formerly Alley Cat Ale)Not Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - MandarinNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - CanberraNot Tried0
Cotleigh - IPANot Tried0
Wild Weather - SerendipityNot Tried0
Downton - Honey BlondeNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow AmberNot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Triple fff - Alton's PrideNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Surrey NirvanaNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - PODNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPANot Tried0
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPANot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesNot Tried0
Sherfield Village - TBANot Tried0
Salopian - Far SideNot Tried0
Wild Weather - Colour of DespairNot Tried0
Binghams - Vanilla StoutNot Tried0
Vale - Red KiteNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Greyfriar of Reading, Reading, Berkshire
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

20 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit before taking a train to London. As now seems routine to me here, I was the only customer.
Triple fff - Ramble Tamble (previously 4.6%)5.00AcceptableDrinkable, but not at its best I suspect.
Binghams - Vanilla Stout5.00Not Tried
Vale - Red Kite4.30Not Tried
09 Feb 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and quiet. Last stop in Reading before our train to Sandhurst.
Alechemy - Charisma3.70GoodHazy but in good condition. Smooth citrus hints.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Not Tried
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPA5.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Father Thames4.80Not Tried
Sherfield Village - TBA3.90Not Tried
Salopian - Far Side4.80Not Tried
Wild Weather - Colour of Despair5.60Not Tried
27 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon and, for a while, I was the only customer.
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Goat4.60GoodA crisp Blonde.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - POD4.20Not Tried
19 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in here in mid-afternoon and I was able to relax and enjoy some live Tour de France coverage on the TV.
Alechemy - Ritual4.10ExcellentA golden, tasty, hoppy Pale Ale in US style.
Ghost - Vamp5.00GoodRed/brown in colour, a Red Ale flavoured with blood orange.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Downton - Honey Blonde4.30Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow Amber3.80Not Tried
21 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon and quiet. I remembered to ask for a CAMRA discount.
Binghams - Viennese Whirl5.00ExcellentA bit of a rule breaker. A pale beer, with heavy malt flavours and tasty US hops.
Derventio - Barbarian5.50AcceptableI didn’t greatly care for this Stout, which was in rather flat condition.
Arbor Ales - Limelight4.50AcceptableHard not to think of Lager and Lime when drinking this – although it did go with the weather.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Cotleigh - IPA3.90Not Tried
Wild Weather - Serendipity3.50Not Tried
11 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
late afternoon into early evening.
Belleville - Picnic Session IPA4.40ExcellentGolden. A very tasty beer.
Atom - Blend 1 - Camomile4.20GoodGolden, herbal with a little sweetness.
Red Cat - Huehuetenango5.80GoodA very strongly coffee-flavoured Stout.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Canberra4.00Not Tried
15 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet, until the stroke of 4pm when after-workers started to pour in.
Downton - Wheat Stout5.00ExcellentBlack. Unusual and complex flavours – very good I thought.
Hammerpot - Madgwick Gold5.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Ascot - Starting Gate (formerly Alley Cat Ale)3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Mandarin4.50Not Tried
16 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A late-afternoon visit where I was, for a while, the only customer.
Newby Wyke - Bear Island4.60ExcellentPale gold, with dry citrusy tastes.
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70GoodA malty, traditional Bitter that also has some nice hop flavours.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
RedWillow - Headless3.90Not Tried
RedWillow - Feckless4.10Not Tried
05 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Time for a quick one before the train to London.
Harbour - New Zealand Gold 4.40GoodAmber-coloured. Oddly, it seems to have no aroma at all (hidden beneath a creamy head?). Hop flavours also a little more subdued than expected.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli Stout5.00Not Tried
Wimbledon - SW19 Summer Ale4.00Not Tried
Coastal - Fantastic Five6.30Not Tried
28 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon and quiet, for a quick beer after meetings in Reading.
Kirkstall - Three Swords4.50ExcellentAn excellent Pale Ale with a good body and good citrusy hop tastes.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Baize Chocolate Mint Stout5.50Not Tried
Gloucester - Gold3.90Not Tried

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About The Greyfriar of Reading

The pub sign. The Greyfriar of Reading, Reading, Berkshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1PA.

A re-opened and much revived pub standing close to Reading railway station. Something of a showpiece for local independent brewers. The pub is split into two drinking areas and does not open on Sundays.

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 61 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: RG1 1PA