Mixed news for pub-goers on Reading’s east side: on the one hand two pubs recently closed; on the other one pub that has been gaining a reputation as a cask ale and craft keg destination has been added to compensate for the loss…
On 14th May the Fisherman’s Cottage on Kennet Side sadly closed its doors; the former Fuller’s pub that had been so beautifully renovated by its present owners turned out to be not viable after all. According to the pub’s website the owners seek interested parties with a view to selling or leasing the property; and they say they would like the pub to stay a pub if someone is willing to take it on.
Equally sad, The Lyndhurst on Queen’s Road ceased trading on 2nd June. Landlord Heath Thomas spoke to getreading about the situation – read it here. At this time it is unclear what the future holds – it is a pubco property owned by Enterprise Inns.
Fortunately it isn’t all bad. The Abbot Cook pub at Cemetery Junction has been gaining a strong reputation lately as a cask ale and craft keg beer destination. It is also east Reading’s best pub food venue thereby complimenting its neighboring pubs in this part of Outside the IDR: namely The Jolly Anglers, The Eldon Arms and The Retreat. The Abbot Cook belongs to the Castle brand of M&B pubs; its stablemate in Reading is the Oakford Social Club.