PUBS and restaurants have been serving customers indoors this week for the first time in months, giving Reading venues without beer gardens a much-needed boost in custom.

Some pubs may have had a relatively slow start as they welcomed punters inside - for the first time in at least four months, while others saw large numbers turning out through the day and into the evening as people finished work.

Some venues have been fully booked since reopening in the last round of lockdown easing but now with them having greater capacity, you may be more likely to bag a spot at your favourite bar or restaurant. 

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Everywhere should be doing table service and abide by the rule of six indoors. But what about those doing walk-ins?

Here are five pubs in Reading where you don't need to have a booking:

Brewdog Reading

This pub prides itself on its selection of 31 beers and bar snacks too. Walk-ins are welcome at this pub and you can meet four-legged friends like Rupert the Dachshund.

Zero Degrees

This microbrewery in the centre of Reading town centre does get pretty booked up after work and on the weekends, but there is always plenty of seating for walk-ins.

The Three Guineas

This non-fussy cosy Victorian pub on Station Approach is keen to get punters through the door after being closed like other pubs during the pandemic.

Posting on Facebook, the pub said: "We will be serving food from tomorrow offering bar snacks, sharers and sandwiches together with some pub classics.

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"Pop in or book through our website. We look forward to seeing you."

The Greyfriar

This independent pub in the centre of Reading prides itself on craft beer and real ale. It also features eight cask lines and fourteen keg lines.


The pub said: "Our doors are open! Well, they are closed due to the rain but you know what I mean!"

Bel and Dragon

This pub and restaurant has reopened their doors and is welcoming people inside without bookings.

The pub informed their customers: "Thanks to all of you who have braved the slightly colder and wetter weather than we would have liked, it's been a blast , but the inside of our Bels is looking more tempting than ever."