Out with James C
June 14, 2002
In my tireless efforts to explore every drinking and clubbing recess of Reading I joined them in the hope of uncovering Pavlov’s long standing allure.
As fresh faced as a young Korean football supporter yet sporting a cheeky English grin, Pavlov’s recently opened its sawdust strewn doors to the public after extensive refurbishments.
Now boasting a very comfortable suite of seats majestically complemented by a high wooden cocktail bar, Pavlov’s seems adamant to impress.
Yet would the Pavlov devotees be persuaded to keep the faith amid such a melee of change?
At first it was quite disconcerting trying to find favour with the new futuristic seats and often I was fooled into thinking I’d haplessly stumbled into a new branch of Ikea on my way to the REAL Pavlov’s. Yet this hesitation was soon overcome, as the new seating proved to be actually pretty darn comfy allowing the evening to furtively slip by, all be it aided by a few beers.
And it seemed that the arduous Pavlov’s drinker of old had remained faithful and returned in numbers.
As the evening drew on the inevitable bar congestion began to develop, leaving the seasoned reveller champing for a drink. Yet it has to be said that even under such a heavy work load the bar staff quickly and tirelessly began to defeat the impatient crowd. A quality all too often overlooked by larger more showy venues.
Pavlov’s seems to have retained all its charm and attraction and thus is as popular and bustling as ever before. If you haven’t been for quite some time it’s definitely worth a visit.