The Jolly Anglers is a proper British pub, found at the side of the Kennet and Avon canal in the Newtown area of Reading, which is easily accessible from the city centre by foot, bike, or even boat.
Following its sudden closure in 2009, a successful campaign was set up by locals to save the pub, and it has been operating as a free house since 2010 under a new owner. The landlord took on the challenge of running the pub out of dedication to providing the community a service, and this extends to making freshly prepared pub food for hungry punters.
Its revival as a thriving community pub has not taken anything away from the traditional trimmings of The Jolly Anglers. The furniture and décor is plain but comfortable; what you really come here for is the incredibly friendly atmosphere that is lost in some big city pubs. Everyone is welcome here, so bring your kids, bring your dogs – or just say hello to the landlord’s friendly Labrador.
Relax inside, or head to the patio beer garden which overlooks the swans and ducks in the canal. More than a simple watering hole, The Jolly Angler also hosts local community activities during the week, as well as quizzes, open mic nights and live music. Football fans are also welcome here to see the big matches.
Tasty British pub grub is prepared freshly on site, with enough food on the plates to meet the demands of even the most ravenous appetites, with prices that match the friendliness of the atmosphere. Each mouthful is better than the last with the sumptuous hunter’s chicken, and you will not want to leave a scrap of meat on the chicken wings. Keep things light with a range of sandwiches and baguettes, or a nice warming broth. In classic pub tradition, you will get fresh, chunky chips with most meals. This is all great value food, put together with the same care which keeps the venue’s heart proudly beating.
Break out from Reading city centre and take a jaunt down to Kennetside to enjoy great value food at a treasured community pub. You will get 2 for 1 on The Jolly Angler’s British pub food as a tastecard holder.