Monks’ Retreat (JDW) | Reading, Berkshire
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Monks’ Retreat (JDW)
Good based on 8 ratings
Type: Bar

163 Friar Street
Reading, Berkshire England RG1 1HE [ print map ]
0118 950 7592

Hours: Sun-Thurs 0700-2300; Fri-Sat: 0700-0000

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Monks’ Retreat (JDW)

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Beer Available At Monks’ Retreat (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Ascot Posh Pooch 46, Everards / Sudwerk Inbetween 48, Hook Norton Easy Weasel 46, Woods Ebony 43, Hawkshead Cumbrian Five Hop 90, Wychwood King Goblin (Cask) 60, Wychwood / Nøgne Ø Nordic Noir 75, Banks’s / Central City Red Racer IPA 86, Wadworth / Ishii Brewing Minagof Smoked Porter 82, Woodfordes Tap & Go 51, Coach House Ale of Arrows 39, Ascot On The Rails 59, Greene King IPA (Cask) 11, Sharps Doom Bar (Cask) 40, Thatchers Gold 23, Purple Moose Dark Side Of The Moose / Ochr Dywyll Y Mws 63, Loddon Ferrymans Gold 56, Adnams Ghost Ship (Cask) 78, Greene King Abbot Ale (Cask) 41, Salopian Hop Twister 78
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8 reviews for Monks’ Retreat (JDW)
 Ambiance  65%
 Service  71%
 Selection  64%
 Food  60%
 Value  78%
 Overall  59%
 Rating  68%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 11/20
ruigo  (112) , Portugal | November 4, 2015
Nice, clean bar. Never ate there but had nice beers. Friendly service.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | July 16, 2014
A standard ’spoons with tables outside overlooking the town hall square. I thought the beer selection was much poorer than usual, with only four or five hand pumps in the front bar offering the standard Abbot, Greene King IPA, Fuller’s London Pride and Sharp’s Doom Bar. I couldn’t believe it was the same place others had reviewed so favourably but it turns out I really missed a trick here. There’s a second bar at the back where by all accounts they have a much more interesting range of beers. Unfortunately it was lunchtime and packed to the gills so I couldn’t get close. (Visited 11 July 2014).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie  (57) , England | February 26, 2014
Reasonable Wetherspoons, with 6 or 7 guest ales on as well as the rest of the ’Spoons fare. Pleasant enough and good value for money.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 12/20
downender  (343) Bristol, England | August 4, 2013
As others have said, the range of beer here is good for a JDW, with local beers often on offer. Service has been friendly on the few occasions I have visited.
Brugmansia  (505) Jylland, Denmark | February 22, 2013| Updated February 25, 2013
One of the better JDW I have visited. Good range on the beers, that normally also are in a good condition. Friendly staff, very clean and quiet pub, seems very much, in the daytime, that it is one of the favorite pubs for the retired people :-)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath  (90) , England | November 21, 2012
This is the oldest and smallest of the Reading Wetherspoons. In fact it’s quite cramped and can get rather busy even on weekday lunchtime and evenings - but this does give it more atmos than other ’Spoons pubs. Despite this, it has the largest selection of beer of the ’Spoons (split between two bars), and unlike many ’Spoons seems to make a real effort to not clog up too many pumps wth IPA, Abbott etc. There’s often a local(ish) beer on too eg Rebellion or Loddon. Service is very quick, and the staff are ufriendly and several of them seem quite interested and knowledgeable about their beers. The beer patio at the front is a bit desperate, but overall it’s one of the better ’Spoons pubs I’ve been in.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (507) London, England | August 30, 2012| Updated August 21, 2015
Fairly standard town centre Wetherspooms - one of several in Reading - with a better than average range of beers, inckluding on my latest visit an exclusive house special brewed by Loddon. THere are two bars with different beers - one near the door as you eneter and another further in and up a few stairs - so make sure to check both. Worth a look.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx  (190) Vasa, Finland | May 13, 2012
A quite typical Spoons by the look of it. However, this one has a bunch of different real ales on at a time (downstairs bar had 4-5 handpumps), going up the stairs, there was 4 more and behind the corner further 4 handpumps. Beers in almost all of them when visiting. Friendly service. Did not eat, but usually I have not been disappointed eating at Spoons pubs.

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