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8 St John's Street

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Opening Times

Monday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday4.30 pm - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.30 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.30 pm
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

A well-loved back-street boozer with a traditional layout and feel, refurbished sensitively in 2021. A wide selection of real ales is squeezed into the small bar. The landlord tends to concentrate on well-known regional brands; however, there is a good range of more eclectic choices available in bottles, as well as a number of ciders. The pub is locally renowned for regular live music and hosting community events. A popular quiz night is held every second Wednesday of the month.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Butcombe Original
  • Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter
  • Sharp's Cornish Coaster

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Retreat, Reading


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals

    Over the Easter weekend, including live music.

  • Quiet Quiet Pub
  • RealHeritagePub Historic Pub Interior

    Interior of Some Regional Importance


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Dog snacks and water.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Quiz night is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Back bar can be booked.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Darts, dominoes, cards.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Regular, including a blues jam (‘Blue Monday’) on the 1st Monday of a month.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    BT only - live music takes precedence.

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8 St John's Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.4532, -0.960604


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Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Reading Buses: 17, 4, 13, 14

Closest Station (1100m)


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