The Retreat: the home of great beers and unbelievable stories. Is this Reading’s most famous pub?

The Retreat first opened it’s doors in 1875. It was one of the Reading pubs included in CAMRA’s first Good Beer Guide in 1974 and was listed yet again in CAMRA’s 2020 Good Beer Guide.

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Cask ales available Tuesday 8 October:

  • Banks’s Sunbeam Blonde Beer
  • Marston’s EPA
  • Otter Brewery’s Kawauso
  • Sharp’s Cornish Coaster
  • Tetley’s Golden Ale
  • Woodforde’s Volt IPA
  • Young’s London Special

Here are the ales and keg beers for October 2019, all subject to availability.

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.”



Meet your neighbours

If you live in St John’s Hill, St John’s Road or St John’s Street in Reading RG1, you are invited to meet your neighbours at The Retreat in October. There are many long term residents and lots of newcomers to the Village. Come along and say hello. Children welcome. >>> event details

Brian on the Real Reading Podcast

Landlord Brian Moignard was interviewed on the Real Reading Podcast, published on Friday 20 September 2019. This is their episode 71, titled The Ricky Whittle Fan Club. The interview with Brian starts at 25 mins 22 seconds. Real Reading Podcast delves under the surface of all sorts of things in Reading: barbers, festivals, pubs, restaurants, …