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The Old Boot Inn, Reading, Berkshire

The Old Boot Inn

4.4
4.4
90 Reviews
£25 and under
English
André & Rebecca were determined to bring The Old Boot Inn back to its former glory and have dedicated themselves to restoring this historic Inn.

Whether you're local or travelling through, a warm welcome awaits you at The Old Boot.

André and his team are dedicated to extend the best in hospitality, and to make your visit
a memorable one.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

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What 90 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Berkshire

    Child Friendly

  • Berkshire

    Lunch

  • Berkshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Berkshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Reading

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    Best Food

  • Reading

    Best Service

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    Best Value

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  1. DD

    DanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely homely pub, good for kids, great for dogs, I could have spent all evening there, chilling in the teepee on the sofa with my furry friends.
  2. SO

    SamO

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Disappointed to have had to wait almost 45 minutes for our main when others who had arrived after us were served before us. An explanation would have been helpful. I don’t think the food was deserving of the price and the deserts were disappointing. Sadly we won’t be visiting again.
  3. SB

    StephenB

    Mid Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brought my family here for my wife's Birthday celebration. It was lunch time. The food was very good as was the service (with a smile). Thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Will definitely come back.
  4. SB

    SimonB

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely pub with nice people. Food was very tasty - halloumi starter and beef fajitas for main. Looking forward to going back.
  5. PW

    PatrickW

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, really fast service and very friendly. A really enjoyable afternoon. Thanks guys!
  6. MG

    MarkG

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant village pub. Food was excellent and staff were very helpful.
  7. a

    andrew

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good quality food and service, Sunday lunch very relaxing. Dog friendly
  8. AM

    AndyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Superb value and experience! The food was done to perfection.
  9. H

    Hazza

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, food mmmmmmm fabulous . I would go again in a heartbeat, a real hidden gem .
  10. GJ

    GrahamJ

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a lovely old character pub/restaurant. We sat in the airy conservatory in the sunshine and had a lovely lunch. The garden has a large canopy with comfy seating too which looked enticing for a summer evening. The food was tasty and the service was friendly and quick. I hadn't been here for several years, but I am glad my friend suggested we go there. I'll be back.
  11. SF

    SFS83

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bank Holiday Braii We enjoyed it so much. The Old Boot Inn is super family friendly with the play equipment and large outside garden. The food was delicious and staff couldn’t have been more helpful. One of our children had a bump to the head and they were so helpful, quickly getting some ice and checking everything was ok. Above and beyond what we expected. Thank you
  12. BR

    BeckyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really good lunch with excellent service and lovely food. Our dogs were welcome and we had a great walk in the lovely countryside surrounding the pub. We will be back for sure!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible meal and amazing service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always dining at the Old Boot is delicious, friendly and very relaxing. Another wonderful afternoon of friends, sunshine and great pub hospitality 👍🏼
  15. AH

    AndreaH

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely setting. Food was fresh and tasty. Will definitely go there again.
  16. BP

    BarbaraP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very busy Sunday lunch service. Staff coped well and brought drinks promptly but inevitably we did have a significant wait for food. When it came it was worth the wait - beautifully cooked pork and beef, with extra gravy and Yorkshire puds brought without asking. Good selection of vegetables too. Dogs made very welcome!
  17. RW

    RobertW

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food, attentive staff but dining outside rather noisy due to tent heater.
  18. CB

    ClaireB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very accommodating for us as a group with two babies and a toddler. Let us choose where to sit.
  19. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    superb food, very quiet (I think we were the only diners in the Pub, but it was Thursday lunchtime). The staff came to stoke up the log-burner to warm the room and provided good service.
  20. JH

    JackH

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect country pub. Homely pub, light conservatory, spacious outdoors or tipi area as something a bit different. Good quality food and caring staff. Also caters for events
  21. W

    Woodsy8

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed a delicious Sunday roast dinner. The portion size was very generous and our only comment would be that that roast potatoes were a bit crispy for our taste. The service was good for a busy lunchtime and we would return again.
  22. A

    Ange

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always lovely food, staff very good, polite and attentive
  23. SD

    SimonD

    Newcastle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food not as good as on our last visit 3 weeks ago. The requested extra gravy did not come until asked for again. My wife asked for extra sauce with her sticky toffee pud but all the chef had done was add some boiled water to make her serving go further which meant that the consistency was lost. Coffee was lukewarm. But to counter this a word of praise for Molly, our server, who kept calm and smiled throughout!
  24. JU

    JULIAR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentine’s Day dinner was delicious. We had the 21 hour cooked lamb for two and as ever the service and food was excellent.
  25. JS

    JoeStrummerville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent - had the lamb (worth every penny). Would have been 5* across the board if the till had worked properly and the soup spoon had been placed on the table rather than dunked in the soup - it was hilarious though. Staff super friendly and attentive without being overpowering.
  26. c

    carol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. We had the chefs special lamb to share . Cozy pub with fire . Friendly service. Dog friendly. Loved it!
  27. JG

    JamieG

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food served by very friendly and helpful staff, in a amazing tipi tent Will definitely be going back
  28. RB

    RobinB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening: superb food, great atmosphere and just thoroughly enjoyable.
  29. J

    Juan

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Love this pub. Best in the area…!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The place is lovely and welcoming. And dog friendly. This time I was rather disappointed by the overall experience though. We ordered 2 x roast beef and an iron cooked steak. We waited 1h and a half before we got our food and the roast potatoes were not nice. They tasted like frozen and somewhat stale. I’m not sure I’ll go again.
  31. HE

    HELENM

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed warmly and sat inside the teepee which was nice and cosy. The food and service were very good.
  32. AS

    AnneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Christmas lunch was delicious, the best ingredients cooked to perfection. The front of house team were also amazing timed to perfection and extremely efficient. Dining in the beautiful teepee is also just delightful, thank you for making it such a lovely day.
  33. ND

    NeilD

    Isle of Wight

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent. Wholesome tasty food. Nice spot by the fire. Charming service.
  34. M

    Melissa

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    I only had 1 complaint about our food and here it is we ordered our deserted together and my fathers ice cream had to be chased up and arrived after me and my partners deserts were finished the rest of the meal was outstanding
  35. AH

    AnneH

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall3food1service2ambience1
    We had to e reseated as we had been allocated a table in a tepee which was cold so our table was not ready. The pub was cold and none of the staff wore masks while all the clients coming in did. The food was not cheap but was average I do not like battered fish with skin left on. Service was slow although the pub was quite empty. We asked to pay but we’re not told that there was a problem with the till until we went to enquire after waiting for ages. That was not their fault but they could have told us as we had a long journey home which was delayed by this.
  36. SE

    SarahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and lovely setting. We had a lovely evening and will definitely be back.
  37. D

    Dodgy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    When it’s cold outside, doors need to be kept shut. I appreciate the dining area at the back is now a corridor from the kitchen to the marquee, but you need to fit closers on the doors or remind staff to close doors behind them. Despite sitting by the fire, it was very cold and we had to keep closing the doors behind waiting staff. Similarly, you need to put some heating in the toilets. Otherwise, we love the ambience of this old pub and the way you’ve kept the character alive and not going all poncey like some other nearby pubs.
  38. DD

    DianeD

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely meal by an open fire served by a friendly and attentive host.
  39. A

    Ange

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit, and I took my mum for a roast she loved it, great food, service was friendly and polite
  40. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Disappointed with eating in the tent, it was cold & draughty, the sliding door came off its runner while we were inside & the staff rarely closed it fully. Overall the food was not great & poor value for money. I had the soup which was the best part of the meal followed by Chicken Holstein Escalope which was tough & the chips tasteless, they were hot but most people prefer a chunkier sort of chip - not the matchstick thin ones served. I have eaten at the Old Boot there several times when it was an enjoyable experience to eat either out in the garden or in the pub, maybe you have over expanded your food by not expanded the kitchen facilities?

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The Old Boot Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Old Boot Inn

Stanford Dingley Reading, Berkshire RG7 6LT

Additional information

  • Area

    Reading

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

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