About

Brian Moignard is the landlord of The Retreat in Reading. Under his stewardship, The Retreat has continued to be a wonderful community pub. Great beers, eclectic customers, live music and a friendly atmosphere serve to make this hostelry one of the best known in Reading.

Local events are hosted here and include the now-famous Pickled Onion Competition, The Village Easter Festival and many more.

Brian Moignard, landlord of The Retreat, St John's Street, Reading
Brian Moignard, landlord of The Retreat in Reading.

The Retreat was a finalist in the Reading Pub of the Year awards in 2018.

Live music is an important element of The Retreat. See the event What’s On page for more information. Here is a video of one of the many jazz gigs at The Retreat.

Explore RDG published a useful review of The Retreat: https://www.explorerdg.com/food-drink/retreat-pub-review/

Here’s a link to an old review of The Retreat from 2015. The Retreat still has enormous character, but many little improvements have been made. https://shitandnotshitpubsinreading.com/2015/12/01/the-retreat/

There were big concerns about the future of The Retreat in 2013 when the landlords Jane Marsden and Bernie Whiten were leaving. Bernie and Jane, in their decade at The Retreat, were enormously popular. A book showing their history with The Retreat was published >>> see the book