Reading Part 1.  Distance 1.1 miles, walking time 23 minutes.
Reading is a commercial centre, with involvement in information technology and insurance, and, despite its proximity to London, has a net inward commuter flow. The town is also a retail centre serving a large area of the Thames Valley, and is home to the University of Reading. Every year it hosts the Reading Festival, one of England's biggest music festivals. Sporting teams based in Reading include Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby union team, and over 15,000 runners annually compete in the Reading Half Marathon. Select pictures for a larger view.

Jolly AnglerStart at the Jolly Angler. 314-316 Kennetside RG1 3EA. This traditional two roomed pub is reached by walking along the canal side from the bridge in Kings Road. The pub stocks a good range of ciders and ales. Open all day from noon with food served all day. Free Wi-Fi. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.
Phone 01183767823
Turn left out of the pub to reach the Fisherman's Cottage, a short walk away.

The Fishermans Cottage

Fishermans Cottage
The Fisherman's Cottage. Open daily from 11:30

Address is 224 Kennetside RG1 3DW. This pub serves 4 changing ales. Four handpumps are complemented by six keg taps and a large selection of bottled and canned beers, all well-sourced and offering an ever-changing selection.

Good value food offering daily  12-9,    12-5 Sun. Free Wi-Fi.
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Turn left out of the the Fishermans cottage, and walk to pass under the next bridge. At the second bridge turn left up the steps to arrive in front of the Sapphire Plaza. Walk straight on to the Lyndhurst arms.

Lyndhurst ArmsNext is Lyndhurst Arms  88 Queens Road  RG1 4DG  12-11 Mon-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun
A busy, lively pub just off the town centre. It has a good clientele mix, with students, office workers and local residents enjoying the ale, food and atmosphere. Four ever-changing ales from well-known, quality breweries across the country. Open all day from noon. Good food 12-3, 6-9 Mon-Sat; 12-8 Sun. Small terrace outside for those days when the sun shines.
Turn right from the pub and walk to the next turning St Johns Street. You will find the retreat on your right. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

The Retreat

The Retreat

An example of that fast disappearing breed ; the Victorian terraced pub - nestled among the back-streets in a conservation area off Eldon Road. Sit and chat or read the paper in the front bar, or go into the back to play pool or listen to the live musicians.  CAMRA Central Southern Cider Pub of the Year 2008 and 2009.
Open Mon-Thur from 4.30, Fri-Sun from noon, St Johns Road, RG1 4EH
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Serves: Loddon Ferryman's Gold, Ringwood Best Bitter, 3 or 4 guest ales, Real cider and/or perry. 

Continue to the end of St Johns Street and turn left into St Johns Road. Continue ahead crossing the wide Eldon road into Eldon Terrace. You will see the Eldon Arms.

Eldon Arms

The Eldon Arms . 19 Eldon Terrace,  RG1 4DX  Open 5-11 Mon; 12-2.30, 5-11 Tue-Thu; 12-11.30 Fri & Sat; 12-11 Sun
Recently re-opened by Wadworth after a major makeover.
Wadworth Henry's IPA, Wadworth 6X, Wadworth Swordfish,  Free Wi-Fi.
Food-Closed Mon; 12-2 Tue-Sun


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Retrace your steps to the Sapphire Plaza, cross the road and continue in the same direction to turn left into kings road. First is the Wynford arms, a gay venue, then the Back of Beyond, a rather nice Wetherspoon pub.

The Back of Beyond. 104-108 Kings Road. RG1 3BY

Back of BeyondWetherspoon pub with canal side outdoor area. A clientele of all ages and types make this popular pub very attractive. A good range of ales at very reasonable prices the pub is open from 8am all day with food served all day. Free Wi-Fi.
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Take a left out of this pub to bring you to Reading Part2

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