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Hope & Bear

$$ - $$$, British,
153 London Road, Reading RG1 5DE, England
+44 118 935 4095
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Overview
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (15 reviews)
“burger” (23 reviews)
“yorkshire pud” (4 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
153 London Road, Reading RG1 5DE, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in to see refurbishment- wow what an improvement!! Very trendy but still welcoming with lovely staff offering s good range of craft ales. Also a good choice of food - had the lunch deal of chicken and avocado sandwich with fries .., delicious. Will...More

Thank purplepaul
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Glad to hear you are a fan of our recent refurbishment. We also are extremely pleased we our new look. We change our ales often so make sure you pop back soon to try a different meal and ale. I shall pass your comments on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit since the Abbott Cook became the Hope and Bear. A very tasteful refurbishment inside and out has transformed the pub into a very stylish and relaxing place to eat and drink. The choice of well kept real ales is excellent...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visit started with so much potential which fast became a joke! The glass of rosé was served with lime after asking for lime to be added to the gin & tonic.... Food was below average, a shared platter of cured meats, marinated olives and...More

Thank Samantha H
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Samantha, thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate all of our guests feedback. We are sorry that your visit did not live up to your expectations. I shall make sure the team are aware of your feedback so we can...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

ZERO gluten free options, which meant one of our friends had nothing to eat. This is highly excluding and disappointing. This is something which should be considered and looked into as many people are gluten free and this restricts them from being able to enjoy...More

Thank Nadine A
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Nadine, We are sorry to hear that one of your party felt excluded. We hope you do come back and give us another go. Please ask one of our team if you have any dietary requirements and we will happily go through our allergen...More

Reviewed January 13, 2018

I decided to spend New Year’s Eve here with a few friends. While the pub seemed understaffed and the manager seemed he didn’t want us in the place we decided to make the best of it. Everyting was going good until we tried to buy...More

Thank Will J
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Hi Will, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are sorry that you didn't feel welcomed. We shall look into the breakdown in communication to our customers to ensure it doesn't happen again. I do hope you managed to enjoy most of...More

Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

Sorry i do not take any pleasure in giving a negative review but today's offering was substandard. Beer is good, the interior surroundings pleasant and staff accommodating. A good start but the main event Sunday lunch missed on every level. Unfortunately the menu which was...More

Thank profcorbett
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are sorry that your visit was not up to our usual standards. There was a long wait on sunday due to us being so busy, but the quality of the food should not have been...More

Reviewed December 4, 2017

Table booked for 1:30 for 5 people. Luke warm food arrived 3pm. Children were starving but when we complained about the wait we were offered a bag of crisps but eventually were given some bread which was stale! When food arrived it wasn't hot. Asked...More

1  Thank Linz T
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2017

Hi Linz, sorry you had a bad experience with us. we were trying our best to accommodate all orders as soon as we could. Regards, Management

Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

Went in with my girlfriend, and some pals for a few drinks, great selection of beers, pleased to see siren undercurrent on the bar (my favourite beer), even if it was a bit pricey. Stayed for a while and decided to get the continental meat...More

Thank Jo R
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2017

HI Jo, many thanks for your review. Pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit. Next time your are in, make yourself notice.. I' d like to by your and your partner a drink. warm regards Simon GM

Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

I went to the Abbot on Sunday for the first time having heard good things about the roast. On arrival it became clear there was a staff shortage and so there was no table service. I ordered at the bar and all seemed fine. It...More

Thank Jacqueline A
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2017

HI Jacqueline, thanks for taking the time to review your visit. We are sorry that we were not able to please you and meet your expectations. That day we had some difficulties to provide proper service as you pointed out. We are a new team...More

Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Have eaten here several times but the last time I visited had to wait over an hour for food. It was not even busy just another table waiting for food. Not sure what the hold up was but got given free drinks. The food has...More

Thank francescafjp
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Hi Francesca, thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry to hear you had to wait for your food and was not given an explanation as to why. We shall look into this and work on improving our communication to the customer. Glad...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$13 - US$20
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Thursday
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 London Road, Reading RG1 5DE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 935 4095
  • E-mail
Description
The Hope & Bear stands proud on Cemetery Junction, just a short walk away from Reading town centre. Airy and spacious as well as intimate and welcoming, the Hope & Bear is the perfect setting for a laid-back yet distinctly memorable drinking and dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a lazy lunch, family dinner or social eats and treats with friends, the Hope & Bear offers tempting and flavoursome food, a diverse and explorative drinks menu and an authentic, homely atmosphere to suit all occasions. Dog-friendly and boasting an open fire for those winter months, the Hope & Bear prides itself on its well-kept beer gardens, offering ample comfy seating for up to 150 people as well as outdoor heating for when the weather is a little more Britain than Bahamas. Whilst the Hope & Bear’s interior blends the traditional with the contemporary, its outdoor space offers the perfect spot for al-fresco dining or just a glass of something special on a sunny afternoon.
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