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The Retreat, Reading - pub details

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Address: 8 St Johns Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4EH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20295) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Reading (0.7 miles), Reading West (1.4 miles), Earley (2.2 miles)

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Narrow frontage - long bar reaching to back of premises. Friendly staff. Good range of ales.
Trev - 7 Apr 2017 20:17
Many of the locals have returned, the live music has returned (but watch out for the Beginners Ukelele nights!) and a decent and very well kept beer range has returned. Coupled with new furnishings, a general makeover and, last but by no means least, a genuinely friendly landlord, the Retreat is well worth a visit these days. Beers are chosen to provide variety compared to neighbouring pubs and often favour regional breweries.
Beermole - 31 Dec 2015 20:00
Wow! What a transformation. Very friendly landlord and barmaid, good range of beers, and looking great after redecoration - in fact looking better that it's ever looked in the 40 years since I first went there - and it appears many of the old locals are coming back. Highest hopes for this iconic pub's survival since Bernie and Jane left. Keep up the great work, landlord!
Westmalle - 8 Dec 2014 10:10
Things have not improved with very few punters frequenting the joint. They won't be able to maintain business at this rate...
MonkeyBob - 4 Oct 2014 14:09
Not before time but the Retreat seems to be on the up and settled under a new landlord, friendly, welcoming and a man who knows what he's doing. Generally five ales available, all guests from respected breweries plus a range of British and European bottled beers. The place is clean and tidy, live music is back and it's good to be able to say that the Retreat is once again well worth a visit.
Beermole - 4 Oct 2014 12:35

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