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Hope & Bear

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153 London Road, Reading RG1 5DE, England
+44 118 935 4095
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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153 London Road, Reading RG1 5DE, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Abbot Cook has been the regular Sunday night haunt for the lady wife and I for the last couple of years. Food nothing spectacular, but always good, great range of beers (though I mostly stick with Doom Bar) and friendly and helpful staff. Sadly,...More

Thank KeithAC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the Jack, then the Albert Cook, maybe a few other names, as it faces up the maw of the cemetery, but now it is the Forlorn Hope, or more properly the Hope and Bear. The Front door has been moved to the other...More

Thank KentishPilgrim
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When the Abbot Cook, was amazing. Atmosphere great, food excellent.Now after refurbishment, has lost its soul. Food not good, no reason to go any more. The place I loved and liked going to has disappeared. Will have to find somewhere else.

Thank William P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The interior was really nice and despite being on a busy road the garden both sides looked welcoming too. Especially like the hatch to order drinks at the bar from outside. We had 3 courses and all arrived in good time and was really tasty....More

1  Thank Clare78baby
General Manager A, Manager at Hope & Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Clare Thank you for taking the time to review the Hope & Bear. So glad you enjoyed your visit and I will pass your compliments on to the team. Hope to see you soon Rachael

Reviewed 15 May 2018 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 21 May 2018

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 15 May 2018 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 7 May 2018 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 11 May 2018

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 7 May 2018 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 11 May 2018

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 13 January 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 17 January 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 7 January 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 11 January 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 20
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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
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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