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The Retreat, Reading Central, Reading

8 St. Johns Street
Reading
RG1 4EH
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Quinno _ left this review about The Retreat

The hopeless holding company were finally ejected and a proper licensee has been in situ for a fair while now. He's doing well - beer choice and quality has started to return (usually 5 on from regionals and the odd micro) and so has a lot of the old atmosphere. The cider range has fallen by the wayside but there is at least now a fairly impressive bottled range. Service is friendly too. There has also been a brightening-up of the place and some new furniture. The live music is also back. Worth heading the extra few minutes out of town for.

+++ANOTHER UPDATE+++
Has been going through licensees as fast as socks thanks to a bunch of spivs who hold the lease but then don't allow the poor bugger in the pub to order beer in. Surely Admiral aren't going use this as a an excuse to shout 'unviable' given it seemed somewhat viable before they essentially blocked Jane & Bernie from a new lease by quoting unrealistic figures...?

+++UPDATE+++
Jane & Bernie gone. New licensee installed. Ales still there but not sure quite how well the imminent addition of Ruddles County will go down with the regulars...we'll see. So far the overall ale quality is holding up. The Belgian beers have had to go and the new licensee is battling with Admiral to get a decent stock of proper cider back on. Has been listed as a Community Asset by the local CAMRA branch which hopefully secures its medium-term future.

October 2011
A take-it-as-you-find-it backstreet local, serving 5 real ales (Ringwood Bitter and Loddon Ferrymans alongside three interesting guests), a good selection of cider/perry and some Belgian gubbins in the fridge too. The beer quality is good and prices fairly reasonable. Toilets are, shall we say, rudimentary. Landlord and landlady are professional eccentrics. Live acoustic sets each week in the back bar. Piano and darts available. Feels like a real community local.

On 2nd October 2017 - no rating submitted
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moby duck left this review about The Retreat

Stopped in for a pint today and the pub appears to be alive and well, four beers available on my latest visit and Robinsons Dizzy Blonde was in great shape. Not as quirky a place as it once was, but well worthy of a visit.

On 15th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Retreat

The Retreat is a mid-terrace backstreet boozer with a small bar area at the front with seating and a bar on the right hand wall. There are seven hand pumps that were drawing an interesting array of ales during my visit on a sunny Saturday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. I do not recall seeing any draught taps so this is a pub for fans of real ale.
There is more seating at the rear where there is also a dartboard and table skittles. There are no televisions and there was no background music. This is a small pub, but thankfully it had just the right amount of visitors during my visit to make it very enjoyable.

I found the staff to be friendly and I would make a point of returning here if in Reading.

On 25th July 2013 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Reading, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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1st Feb 2019, 16:27
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1st Feb 2019, 16:27
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
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