London brewery and pubco, Fuller’s, recently completed a major renovation at Reading Station’s Three Guineas and the pub has reopened with a whole new look. No matter what you may think of brewery tied pubs, Fuller’s deserves recognition for its investment in high quality venues at major transport hubs. Reading joins earlier station projects at King’s Cross; Paddington and Euston…
Anyone who is familiar with Fuller’s Parcel Yard pub at King’s Cross station is sure to notice the same gastropub concept at work in Reading at the Three Guineas. In a word, the renovation is stunning. The interior has been stripped back to reveal the original fabric of Brunel’s Grade II-listed Victorian station building.
And it has opened up a previously unused basement to create a subterranean cellar bar and additional dining space. In the main space the bar has been brought forward to provide additional seating in front and behind, and numerous nooks and crannies have been created in separate rooms to the sides. The loos remain on the first floor.
The only downside to all this is that Fuller’s has to somehow recoup its investment; and prices certainly reflect this so don’t expect cask beer at less than £4 a pint. However the cask lineup on the eight handpumps and dozen or more craft keg taps is very good – Fuller’s beers naturally predominate but there are excellent guest choices too. Don’t take our word for it though – go and visit yourself. The following interactive Google map provides a virtual tour.