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Not a family thing but.........

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ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 23 Dec 2012 18:12

I have been to Reading thousands of times, I live near there but was having lunch upstairs in BHS, looked across the road and saw that above Moss tailors used to be Bull Hotel soooo I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it, the Hotel that is. As I say it isn't Family stuff, just curious really ;-)

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 23 Dec 2012 18:44

Is this it?
(click on the thumbnail for a better picture)

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/berkshire/reading.html

MR_MAGOO

MR_MAGOO Report 23 Dec 2012 18:54

Always worth looking above shop fronts in towns. There are often clues to previous traders.

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 23 Dec 2012 18:56

Thank you maggiewinchester, it is indeed the one, closed in 1975 but glad to see Moss bros haven't defaced the building. Will do a bit more research on that to see if it was around in the late 1800s. :-D

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 23 Dec 2012 18:58

Not connected but I used to have lunch in BHS back in the 50's did not know they still did it.

Carol :-D

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 23 Dec 2012 19:04

List of landlords of the hotel:

http://www.deadpubs.co.uk/Berkshire/Reading/Bull.shtml

found this on a forum:
Back in 1972, in the upstairs bar at the Bull in Broad St, a bottle of light ale was 9p and a pint of Tavern Keg 17p I think. Lager was pricey, 19-23p per pint and a hot sausage was 10p, free if you chatted up the barmaids.

I recall a certain young lady bar maid, originally from Rugby who was quite generously endowed, Adrienne I think she was called. Single handedly, (only what really did it it was not single or her hands), she boosted bar sales far more than the Disco or theme nights ever did.

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 23 Dec 2012 19:27

OMG OMG. This lead on to other things (as you do) and I found a Pub in Thatcham that my Dads family used to run in the 1800s, I did go there when I lived in Thatcham, shame my Dad is no longer with us, he would have loved that info.

Thank you again Maggie, have a bear hug from me. :-D :-D

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 23 Dec 2012 19:55

...for some unknown reason, I'm drawn to researching pubs *hic* :-D

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 23 Dec 2012 21:00

When I used to take my Dad out for drives to where he used to live/grew up, he would say, I don't like your car cos it drives past the pubs, but he used to walk past The Chequers in Thatcham on his way to the shops, which is the one his family used to run.
He was born 1927 and died last year.

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 24 Dec 2012 00:16

Doesn't sound too salubrious now....

http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/61553/