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The Three Guineas (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Quantock - Ginger CockneyExcellent1
Green Jack - Albion MildGood1
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - All Day PaleGood1
Andwell - Gold MuddlerAcceptable1
Upham - PunterAcceptable1
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Pride of the RiverAcceptable1
Two Cocks - 1643 CavalierPoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Wychwood - HobgoblinNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) BoyNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime BitterNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)Not Tried0
Andwell - Ruddy DarterNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Dr Hexter's HealerNot Tried0
Theakston - InfallibleNot Tried0
Banks's - Howling WolfNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildNot Tried0
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%Not Tried0
Cotleigh - Barn Owl BitterNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Pride of PendleNot Tried0
Quantock - Wills NeckNot Tried0
Wychwood - PiledriverNot Tried0
Marston's - S*M*A*S*HNot Tried0
Quantock - Rorke's DriftNot Tried0
Cotleigh - PeregrineNot Tried0
Downton - Nelson's DelightNot Tried0
Two Cocks - 1643 Puritan StoutNot Tried0
Upham - StakesNot Tried0
Andwell - King JohnNot Tried0
Binghams - Brickworks BitterNot Tried0
Two Cocks - 1643 Roundhead BitterNot Tried0
Downton - ElderquadNot Tried0
Binghams - JungaNot Tried0
Downton - Downton Route 66Not Tried0
Cottage - S&DNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Hampshire RoseNot Tried0
Theakston - Hogshead BitterNot Tried0
Caledonian - Great ScotNot Tried0
Andwell - Resolute BitterNot Tried0
Cottage - PacificNot Tried0
Cottage - Resolution Not Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Fuller's - ESBNot Tried0
Fuller's - Wild RiverNot Tried0
Fuller's - Oliver's IslandNot Tried0
Fuller's - Red FoxNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Eton BoatmanNot Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Three Guineas, Reading, Berkshire
Picture 2. The Three Guineas, Reading, Berkshire

Visits Details

27 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A quick pre-train pint. Pub much smartened since acquisition by Fullers.
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - All Day Pale2.70GoodGolden, juicy and hoppy. At this strength, it is not surprising that it lacks a bit of body.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Eton Boatman4.30Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
12 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Closed for refurbishment following acquisition by Fullers.
09 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Great stuff - pub's website says closes 11pm but at 2231 a sentinel at the front door said the pub had closed at 2230 and always did on Mondays. He could show me no opening hours notice and when I asked a barman he said the pub was closing early as there were lots of travellers in!!
19 May 2015 (HSB)
11:30 Half an hour to spare at Reading station so thought I would look in the Guineas. All beers Fuller's. I took one look and turned and left. I have seen this so many times before, the purveyors of bland beer buy a thriving pub with a reputation for a good choice of micro-brewery beer and then completely change the concept and kill what made the pub popular. A great shame.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Wild River4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
13 Jan 2015 (HSB)
14:14 Another break between trains. Fairly quiet.
Andwell - Gold Muddler3.90AcceptableBit boring.
Cottage - S&D4.40Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Hampshire Rose4.20Not Tried
Theakston - Hogshead Bitter4.10Not Tried
Caledonian - Great Scot4.40Not Tried
Andwell - Resolute Bitter3.80Not Tried
Upham - Stakes4.80Not Tried
Andwell - King John4.20Not Tried
Cottage - Pacific4.00Not Tried
Cottage - Resolution 4.70Not Tried
10 Jul 2014 (HSB)
17:50 On way back from Newton Abbot realised that arrival time at Reading would allow a connection with the Guildford Cross Country service that uses the recently re-opened Reading dive under. This place provided an excellent waiting room. Busy outside in the sunshine, quieter within.
Two Cocks - 1643 Cavalier3.80PoorAbsolutely no condition.
Downton - Nelson's Delight4.50Not Tried
Two Cocks - 1643 Puritan Stout4.30Not Tried
Upham - Stakes4.80Not Tried
Andwell - King John4.20Not Tried
Binghams - Brickworks Bitter4.20Not Tried
Two Cocks - 1643 Roundhead Bitter4.20Not Tried
Downton - Elderquad4.00Not Tried
Binghams - Junga4.50Not Tried
Downton - Downton Route 664.80Not Tried
07 Apr 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening on a previously unplanned change of train. Pleasantly surprised by the beer range. A customer after me complained to bar staff that he could never see the same beer twice on separate visits.
Quantock - Ginger Cockney4.00ExcellentGood exercise for tastebuds
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%5.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Barn Owl Bitter4.50Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Pride of Pendle4.10Not Tried
Quantock - Wills Neck4.30Not Tried
Wychwood - Piledriver4.30Not Tried
Marston's - S*M*A*S*H4.00Not Tried
Quantock - Rorke's Drift4.20Not TriedOddly the brewery name is omitted from the pumpclip
Cotleigh - Peregrine5.00Not Tried
17 Oct 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Just a quick half and a use of the facilities before boarding my train.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Pride of the River4.00AcceptableThis hardly touched the sides, but seemed rather bland.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Wychwood - Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) Boy4.00Not Tried
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)3.70Not Tried
Andwell - Ruddy Darter4.60Not Tried
West Berkshire - Dr Hexter's Healer5.00Not Tried
Theakston - Infallible4.20Not Tried
Banks's - Howling Wolf3.80Not Tried
26 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Upham - Punter4.00AcceptableAmber bitter with fairly high hop bitterness and little malt character. My score 14/20.
06 May 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Time for a quick call before my last visit to Reading beer festival.
Green Jack - Albion Mild4.00GoodBrewed at 3.8% this year. Reddish brown with roast and chocolate malt hints. Rather dry finish. My score 15/20.

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About The Three Guineas

The pub sign. The Three Guineas, Reading, Berkshire

Summary of Beer Scores



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

Pub in main Reading railway station so popular with visiting football and rugby supporters. Screens show train departures. Taken over by Fuller's in late 2014 and its beers started to appear prominently in 2015. Closed in 2016 and re-opened, after refurbishment, in January 2017 which added the cellar bar, named Firefly after the first train to leave Reading railway station, which is impressive with vaulted ceiling and bare brick walls.

We have visited this pub 27 times, seen 77 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: RG1 1LY