What’s On – 28th April to 4th May

By | 28/04/2023

It’s the end of April already, and you know what that means – lots of long weekends, starting with this weekend. The local taprooms and pubs are making the most of it too, so read on for lots of fun things to do. If you have updates or want your event to be added, e-mail beer@quaffablereading.com

Taproom Events

Double-Barrelled Taproom


A big congratulations to Double-Barrelled owners Mike and Luci on the birth of baby Ralph. Guys, if you aren’t following up Keith on Banjo with Ralph on Rattle, I’ll be really disappointed

At the taproom, old favourite Repetitive Beats, a 6.2% IPA is back, and you can still catch bank holiday beer Three Day Vacation, a 5% margarita gose. Book a table here if you want to be sure of a seat.

Friday: 4 pm – 10 pm. Loaded fries by Dirty Snax
Saturday: 1 pm – 10pm. Food by Pielicious
Sunday: 1 pm -9 pm Food by Wingz ‘n’ Tingz and live jazz with the Ewan Baird quartet from 5 pm.
Monday: 1 pm -6:30 pm
Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm: May the 4th be with you – it’s a Star Wars quiz from 7 pm. Plus loaded fried by Dirty Snax again

Elusive Taproom


To celebrate the 7th anniversary of their first brew, Elusive have brewed Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Morrisman., an 11% barrel-aged imperial chocolate stout. Book a seat at the taproom if you are going along to try it by calling 0118 9732153 or emailing beer@elusivebrewing.com.

Friday: noon-6pm
Saturday noon – 8pm

Loddon Tap Yard



You can book at table here if you want to be sure of getting a seat, but in general it’s not needed. There’s construction going on for a permanent kitchen in conjunction with Proper Takeout, and until then there’s other street food available at the weekends too.

Friday: 9am-10pm. Proper Takeout Fish and Chip Supper
Saturday: 10am-10pm. Food by Pizza Please
Sunday: 10am-6pm. Canadian Street Food by Funky Pickle
Tuesday 9am-7pm
Wednesday 9am-7pm
Thursday 9am-7pm

Siren Tap Yard


Siren have a big bank holiday weekend of fun planned, with a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, live music, a steam engine fair, and beer and gin for the adults . If you want to book a table, contact them here.

Friday: 10 am – 10 pm. Street food by Fat Tabby
Saturday noon – 10 pm. Street food by Gorilla Bakes, Luncheon Muncheon and Fat Tabby
Sunday noon – 7 pm. Street food by Unholy Donuts, Well Nice Food Co and Crumpys Smoke Shack
Monday noon – 7 pm. Street food by Fat Tabby
Tuesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren
Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren.
Thursday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren

And also, Siren are doing a special beer for the Are You Listening festival with 10p from each can going to Reading Mencap, so either buy AYL tickets, or go online and buy the beer.

The Haunt at Phantom


This weekend Phantom have a Dry Hop special, with dry hop beers from the US and UK. Phantom are also opening on Thursdays now too, so plenty of opportunity to get along there.

Friday: 3 pm-10:30 pm. Pizza by Proper Takeout
Saturday 1 pm-10:30 pm. Food by Tacito
Sunday 1 pm-6 pm.
Thursday 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Pub events

The Allied Arms


The Allied Arms is now open 7 days a week for drinking in the best beer garden in central Reading

The Castle Tap


Friday – Renegade Rum Distillery tasting in aid of the Refugee Support Group (tickets required)
Saturday – live acoustic folk punk music from Corvid, with support from Country Moans, Reading’s premier country Ramones tribute band

The Fox and Hounds



Stardust are having a tap takeover at the Fox from Friday to Sunday

The Grumpy Goat


Sunday 6:30 pm – Beer Club (tickets here)

The Nag’s Head


Sunday 7 pm: Gary and Mark’s quiz, in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK

The Retreat


Saturday 8:30 pm: The Thomas Heppell Blues Band
Sunday 3:30 pm: Jass with Stuart Henderson, Simon Price and guests

Cheese Feast

I couldn’t skip the one event everyone is talking about – Cheese Feast. Grumpy Goat and Blue Collar bring you three days of craft beer, cheese and music, including an Abba tribute, Barrioke with Barry from Eastenders, and a Eurovision covers band.

Upcoming events

A preview of some future events you’ll want to get tickets for before they all go.

Phantom Break-Fest

Phantom Brewery are doing unlimited breakfast and beer on Saturday 6th May. Tickets here.

Loddon Beer and Beard Festival

Visit the Opies Beard and Moustache Championship at Loddon on the 20th May. Tickets are £6.50 with all profits going to local charity Daisy’s Dream.

Park House Local Drinks Festival

The University are running a festival celebrating local wine, beer, cider, and gin producers. Come along and meet the people behind the drinks and have some food too. Tickets here.

Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival

Bracknell Ale & Cider festival is back again on the 28th May at Bracknell Rugby Club. Tickets at bracknellalefestival.co.uk.

Twyford Beer Festival

Twyford Beer Festival has been the go-to beer festival in past years with the sad absence of the Reading Beer Festival. It’s sure to be popular again this year, so get your tickets for 8th to 10th June here.

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