Monks’ Retreat (JDW)

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Beer entered at Monks’ Retreat (JDW)

NameABV
Phoenix Navvy3.8%1/15/2016
Flack Manor Flack Catcher4.4%1/15/2016
Loddon Ferrymans Gold4.4%1/15/2016
Greene King Abbot Ale (Cask)5%1/15/2016
Binghams Twyford Tipple3.7%1/15/2016
Greene King IPA (Cask)3.6%1/15/2016
Sharps Doom Bar (Cask)4%1/15/2016
Caledonian / Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale5.5%1/15/2016
B&T Crooked Hooker4.7%1/15/2016
Banks’s / Driftwood Pale Ale5%12/11/2015
Ascot Posh Pooch4.2%11/24/2015
Everards / Sudwerk Inbetween4.8%11/24/2015
Hook Norton Easy Weasel4.5%10/30/2015
Woods Ebony4.5%10/30/2015
Hawkshead Cumbrian Five Hop5%10/23/2015
Wychwood King Goblin (Cask)6%10/23/2015
Wychwood / Nøgne Ø Nordic Noir4.5%10/23/2015
Banks’s / Central City Red Racer IPA6.5%10/23/2015
Wadworth / Ishii Brewing Minagof Smoked Porter5.5%10/23/2015
Woodfordes Tap & Go5%10/23/2015
Coach House Ale of Arrows4%10/23/2015
Ascot On The Rails3.8%10/15/2015
Adnams Ghost Ship (Cask)4.5%10/15/2015
Purple Moose Dark Side Of The Moose / Ochr Dywyll Y Mws 4.6%10/15/2015
Thatchers Gold4.8%10/15/2015
Salopian Hop Twister4.5%9/10/2015
Wadworth / Dungarvan Copper Coast Irish Red Ale4.3%9/10/2015
Elgoods Spring Challenge4.3%3/19/2015
Everards / Townshends JCIPA5%3/19/2015
Brains A Pocket Full of Rye4.3%3/19/2015
Wychwood / Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA6.5%3/13/2015
Batemans / Shongweni Durban Pale5.7%3/13/2015
Ilkley Ruby Jane4%3/13/2015
54
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub  (729) Banbury, England | January 7, 2016
Pretty standard Wetherspoons on the Eastern end of Friar Street. Reasonable service, reasonably clean but nothing interesting on the beer front. Cheap & Cheerful.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Leighton  (841) London, England | December 11, 2015
Not a bad Spoonies, all things considered. Importantly, they’ve got at least a dozen casks, and on my visit that included a few interesting options. Good value, friendly serviceZ they have two bars, which I would hope keeps things running smoothly. Lots of carpet. Low ceilings. Not an essential stop in Reading, but probably worth a scoop.
56
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
ruigo  (113) , Portugal | November 4, 2015
Nice, clean bar. Never ate there but had nice beers. Friendly service.
58
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Boudicca  (1085) 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).
68
  • 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.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
downender  (376) 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.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Brugmansia  (514) 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 :-)
68
  • 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.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (508) 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.
72
  • 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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