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Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA says of The Retreat:

“A well-loved back street boozer with a traditional layout and feel. A good range of real ale is squeezed into the small bar. The landlord tends to concentrate on well-known regional brands however there is a good range of more eclectic choices available in bottled form, as well as a number of ciders. Locally renowned for regular live music and hosting local events.”


Recent and currently available beers include:

  • Boon Doggle
  • Courage Best Bitter
  • Courage Directors Bitter
  • Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter
  • Plum Porter Titanic
  • Sharp’s Cornish Bitter
  • Theakston Lightfoot Blonde Ale


Saving The Retreat

Reading most famous ‘back street boozer’ has been saved from an uncertain future by three local residents. Dave Gray, Di Whitaker and Mark Birmingham, all long-term residents of ‘The Village’ Eldon Street Conservation Area, moved quickly last week to secure the suddenly available lease from Admiral Taverns and make safe their Landlord Brian Moignard. Mark …

The Retreat featured on BBC Radio Berkshire

The No17 bus crosses Reading, its route runs from Tilehurst to The Three Tuns. Bill Buckley from BBC Radio Berkshire travelled the route on Wednesday 10 July 2019 and visited places of interest on the way. One of his stops was at The Retreat. You can hear the full three-hour show from this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07f3x1y. …