Monks’ Retreat (JDW) | Reading, Berkshire
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Monks’ Retreat (JDW)
Exceptional based on 6 ratings
Type: Bar

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

jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-monks-retreat

Hours: Mon - Thu: 07-23, Fri - Sat: 07-24, Sun: 07 -23


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Monks’ Retreat (JDW)

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Beer Available At Monks’ Retreat (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Hawkshead El Dorado 72, Conwy Surfin IPA 51, Adnams / Sixpoint Make it Rain 90, Sixpoint Sweet Action 79, Adnams / Stone Double IPA 96, Everards Pumpkin Ale 34, Brewster’s Aromatic Porter 82, Harpoon IPA 76, Marstons / Ballast Point Even Keel 45, Bradfield Farmers Pale Ale 48, Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA 86, Greene King The Abbot’s Confession 62, Shepherd Neame Spooks Ale (Cask) 46, Maxim Ruby Max 37, Caledonian / Ninkasi Cream Ale 35, Milk Street Zig Zag 76, Leeds Yorkshire Gold 50, Titanic White Star 50, Batemans Mocha Beer (Cask) 75, Titanic Molly Brown 80
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6 reviews for Monks’ Retreat (JDW)
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  73%
 Selection  68%
 Food  60%
 Value  84%
 Overall  61%
 Rating  70%


68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie  (47) , 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  (293) 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  (356) 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  (54) , 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  (356) London, England | August 30, 2012
Fairly standard town bentre 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  (157) 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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