Need a break from the festival? Want to see a few of Reading's pubs? Here isa selection to get you started.
<p><b>HOBGOBLIN</b>, Broad Street.</p><p>5 minutes walk from the festival site.In addition to the Wychwood beers and Inchs cider there are 5 ever changing guest beers - ifyou like the selection available at the beer festival this is the place togo for more of the same.</p><p><b>BLAGRAVE ARMS</b>, Blagrave Street.</p><p>5 minutes walk from festival site.Victorian pub with large screen TV - Courage Beers plus Theakston Old Peculier and Wells Bombardier at the time of writing. </p><p><b>3B's</b>, Blagrave Street (part of the Town Hall).</p><p>Closed Sunday.5 minutes walk from the festival site.A cafe bar with 4 regularly changing beers often including local micros such as Butts and West Berkshire.Live music Thursday evening.</p><p><b>HOGSHEAD</b>, King's Road.</p><p>10 minutes walk from festival site.Large pub on two floors next to bridge over the Holy Brook serving 8 beers on handpump plus others on gravity (sometimes).One of the better pubs in the chain since takeover by Laurel Inns from Whitbread - food served all day. </p><p><b>LYNDHURST ALE HOUSE</b>, Queen's Road (midway between Back of Beyond and Retreat).</p><p>15 minutes walk from festival site.Ex Whitbread - usually 4 beers available, may include Hook Norton,Adnams,Batemans.</p><p><b>RETREAT</b>, St.John's Street.</p><p>15 minutes walk from the festival site.This small backstreet local has just been voted Reading and Mid Berks CAMRApub of the year. In addition to Brakspears there are up to 4 regularly changingguest beers.</p><p><b>FISHERMAN'S COTTAGE</b>, Kennetside.</p><p>15 minutes walk from the festival site off King's Road and along the River Kennet towpath.Riverside Fuller's pub close to Blakes Lock with outdoor drinking areas front and back.</p><p><b>HOP LEAF</b>, Southampton Street.</p><p>15/20 minutes walk from the festival site.A Hopback Brewery pub selling their full range, recently voted a runner up in the branch pub of the yearsurvey.</p><p><b>MONKS RETREAT</b>, <b>HOPE TAP</b> (opposite ends of Friar Street) and <b>BACK OF BEYOND</b>, King's Road (close to the Retreat above).</p><p>5, 10 and 10 minutes walk respectively from the festival site.Reading's 3 Wetherspoons pubs, open all hours & serving food all day.</p><p><b>COCK A SNOOK</b>, Queen's Walk (west side of Broad Street Mall between Renaissance Hotel and Hexagon Theatre).</p><p>10 minutes walk from festival site.Free house in converted shop unit serving up to 4 beers on gravity from stillage behind the bar.</p><p><b>BUTLER</b>, Chatham Street (continuation of west end of Friar Street across the ring road).</p><p>15 minutes walk from Festival site.Excellent Fuller's pub just outside the town centre.</p><p>For more pubs in the Reading area see the web page on the <a href="pub_passport.asp">Real Ale Passport trail</a> (includes some of the above).</p>