The Retreat – temporary closure

Please note that The Retreat will be closing this evening, at 21.00, for an indefinite period of time.

We have taken this decision based on the request of the Government and for the interests of customers and our community.

We all hope that by taking this action, along with thousands of other establishments across the UK, we will be able to reduce the overall impact of COVID-19.

As things develop, we will update you on our plans.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

The Cribbage Tournament Results

Thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday (missing the rugby) and played in, watched or supported The Helen Bolton Cribbage Tournament 2020.

L to R: Jo Dormer, David Gray, Tilly Harrington, Kevin Harrington.

The winners of the Helen Bolton Cribbage Tournament 2020 were Jo Dormer and Tilly Harrington. Jo was a good friend of Helen and used to play cribbage with her. Tilly is Helen’s daughter.

Father and son team, Ian and Tom Whitaker came second in the Tournament. They had travelled from Brighton and Bristol to take part.

3rd place went to Rich Sloman and Brian Moignard (landlord of The Retreat).

Click here for full details of all the rounds and photos from the afternoon.

New Belgian beers

We have two new Belgian beers added to the list at The Retreat: La Chouffe Blonde (8%) and Trappistes Rochefort 6 (7.5%)

LA CHOUFFE leaves citrus notes on the palate, followed by a refreshing, pleasantly spicy note, giving it a lovely lightness. With its 8% alcohol content and slightly hoppy taste, this golden beer has won over beer lovers from all over the world down the years. Its unique taste has won various awards. >>>

TRAPPISTES ROCHEFORT is one of the three Rocheforts. This one proves to be the ‘lightest’ when it comes to colouring. This amber-coloured Rochefort gives a clear appearance in the glass, under a collar of froth that is just off-white. In the nose, hints of mocha and caramel and a yeasty herbalness (cloves, pepper) are rounded off with a slightly sour taste. You can taste biscuit, caramel and pear, beautifully balanced with a slightly roast bitterness and a touch of cloves. In the finish, the pearls flow away and culminate in a rounded dry taste.

The opinion poll votes are in at The Retreat

We asked you which is best, Twiglets or Mini Cheddars. In a referendum-esque way, the result was very close: Mini Cheddars 56% to Twiglets 44%.

Therefore, the Twiglet voters are claiming a win and a fresh vote. The Mini Cheddars voters are saying, “Let’s get Cheddars done.”

The Retreat customers are contradicting the poll result by protesting from their seats and eating more Twiglets then Mini Cheddars.

Mini Cheddars vs Twiglets, the Facebook vote
The Facebook vote.
Mini Cheddars vs Twiglets, the Twitter  vote
The Twitter vote.

Attempts at community conciliation have been made by Luke and Phil who are both residents of St John’s Street.