Update: The winner has been revealed! Click here to jump down to the final and find out who was voted Reading’s favourite pub in our World Cup vote.
Have your say and discover Reading’s best pubs with our interactive Twitter poll tournament. Reading has loads of great pubs, in fact in our Best of Reading list, our local boozers came in at number three on the list. But how do we know which pub is our town’s favourite? Find out in the World Cup of Reading Pubs.
Following on from the very successful World Cup of Reading Restaurants voting tournament held earlier in the year by Edible Reading, I thought I’d do something similar with Reading’s best pubs, just in time to tie in with the FIFA World Cup 2018.
We’ve shortlisted 32 of the top pubs in Reading and will be using a random knockout generator to place them in draws that will play out over a series of Twitter polls across the duration of the football World Cup.
The pubs in the draw will be:
The Allied Arms
The Back of Beyond
The Blagrave Arms
The Castle Tap
The Crown, Caversham
The Eldon Arms
The Fisherman’s Cottage
The Foresters Arms
The Fox & Hounds, Caversham
The Hop Leaf
Hope & Bear
The Nag’s Head
Oakford Social Club
Park House Bar
The Prince of Wales, Caversham
The Queen’s Head
The Rose & Thistle
The Three Guineas
The Victoria, Tilehurst
Follow Explore Reading on Twitter at @explorerdg and keep your eyes peeled for the daily polls to make sure you vote and retweet for your favourite pub in Reading! You can also keep an eye on all the action by following the hashtag #RDGpubs. Get voting!
The first round of votes kicks off on the Explore Reading Twitter account on Thursday 14 June to tie in with the first match of the football World Cup.
We’ll run a Twitter poll between two pubs everyday: no group stages, so you vote for your favourite pub of the two, and the one with the least votes got knocked out at each stage until we reached the nail biting final.
After 30 days, 32 pubs and scores of votes, our final poll was between of The Fox & Hounds and The Nag’s Head on Sunday 15 July, the same day as the big football final. It was very tightly fought with 588 votes and fans of both pubs being very vocal in their support.
But in the end, it was Caversham’s Fox & Hounds which emerged as Reading’s favourite pub in a 52/48 percent split.
Find out why it’s so popular in our pub review of The Fox & Hounds.
See all the draws and how The Fox & Hounds made it to the title Reading’s best pub with our World Cup of Reading Pubs Wall Chart.
James Moore is Explore Reading's resident pub reviewer. He samples the best pubs in Reading to bring you a new review every month. A beer expert and active within Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), James also runs '1001 Beers to Try Before You Die' - one of YouTube's most fun beer review channels.