Gasping for a pint? Well, we’d love to be hosting you again really soon.
The government has now indicated that pubs can start reopening on Saturday 4 July. At The Retreat, we will not be in a position to open on 4 July as we need to make arrangements to ensure we can operate safely and look after you, our customers, in line with all the rules and guidelines. Additionally, we need to get beer back in the cellar and prepared for sale.
Many independent and chain/brewery owned pubs are also planning to open later than 4 July. They cite the short notice and consumer confidence as issues for their own decisions. Less than a fortnight’s notice is indeed a tall order for many to prepare for re-opening against a developing set of rules and guidelines.
Boris Johnson said on 23 June that pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England would be able to reopen on 4 July. He also announced that two-metre social distancing would be relaxed to “one metre plus”, with some conditions. But despite the easing of restrictions, a trip to a local bar or place to eat could be a very different experience from how it was before the coronavirus outbreak.
We have just taken the decision to postpone the Three Buck Shirt gig this Saturday and the Sunday Jazz with Stuart Henderson and Simon Price on 29 March. This decision has been taken with the interests of our customers and our community coming first. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates on our other events soon.
We are monitoring the Government and NHS advice every day. These are difficult times for us all, and we want to do the right thing.
The Village Easter Festival plans are under review. We will be making a decision soon as to whether it should go ahead or not.
If it cannot go ahead as planned, we will consider a later date for an event that is a variation on the theme.
The Retreat Snowball 2019 Christmas Special is being served from today. It is so good that Santa has messaged Brian to say that he will be leaving all the glasses of port and sherry when he does his rounds this Christmas. He still wants your mince pies though.
This is all on the condition that Brian provides a Retreat Snowball Christmas Special at his fireplaces. Brian has four fireplaces at The Retreat, so I don’t fancy Santa’s chances of flying in a straight line after that!
The recipe is a closely guarded secret, but you might spot them when Brian makes The Retreat Snowball 2019 Christmas Special for you.
We have one barrel of Theakston’s Christmas Ale, available from 16.30 today, Monday 16 December 2019. First come first served.
Chew on this: a fictional Yorkshire beer which starred in a hit US crime series in 2011 is now being brewed every year for Christmas… it’s Theakston’s Christmas Ale.
Billed as, “A rich festive ale with cinnamon, raisins and a hint of walnut,” this seasonal real ale almost needs a spoon and a fork to consume it. And it is hugely popular. Theakston’s go on to describe their Christmas Ale as, “An outstanding rich, fruity, dark and mellow ale – just like liquid Christmas pudding!”
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 said, “Brian Moignard has been instrumental to the
continued success of The Retreat. Both
Brian and The Retreat are dear to us all; to lose both was untenable. Dave
suggested we secure the tenancy for the pub and we immediately agreed. None of
us has substantial experience of the on-trade, so we’ll be relying on Brian’s
extensive experience to guide us.”
The trio aims to make some subtle changes to the pub but vow not to lose the character of The Retreat which has become a Reading institution. They urge the local community to visit soon. The legendary Pickled Onion Contest, the popular Village Easter Festival and live music are all events that are guaranteed to continue.
The Village has three pubs: The Retreat, whose future has
been secured by Dave, Di and Mark; The Lyndhurst which has just reopened with a
good new team and The Eldon Arms which is scheduled to open this autumn under