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The Monk's Retreat

) #393 of 488 Restaurants in Reading £ , British,
163 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HE, England
+44 118 950 7592
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Overview
  • Excellent8%
  • Very good29%
  • Average33%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible18%
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“mushy peas” (2 reviews)
“quick pint” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
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163 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HE, England
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1 - 10 of 126 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Just visited the Monks Retreat since their recent refurbishment, having visited regularly for a number of years, and I have to say I was disappointed. The environment was better, clean and brighter than before, with the hanging monk no longer in residence. However overall I...More

Thank lindaedwards27
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First time in here after the refurbishment. Fortunately the good staff are still here. I Liked the new seating arrangement. Looks more spacious , brighter colours & light is more effective. Nearly every table is provided with a screen to watch Sky / BT Sports.......More

Thank samiremile
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Good pub, good food quality giod beer, very good prices . Defenitly i ll go back there soon. Order cheese And bacon burger you will not be disappointed

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

As you go through the door from friar st., which has an outdoor table area, the disabled loos stare at you on the right. Upstairs staff are keen, occasionally slow, to notice you might need a drink or snack. The manager with the beard is...More

Thank ROY B
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Very small decor changes, but changed from being a popular Wetherspoons house to Kings Feast with very little fuss or rebranding. Many will not even notice, and it was only the different free-wifi provider that alerted me. The beer range includes cask ales, with guests,...More

Thank weekendwhileaway
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Visited Saturday lunch time and because it was so good came back Sunday lunch time. Had food and and bottle of house wine which was really nice. Food was good, better than Weatherspoons and cheaper than weatherspoons. They also do a Sunday roast here. Although...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Clearly attempting to mimic a weatherspoons... Thought it was when we walked in.. but sadly fails. Doesn't have same variety of beers, the quality, pricing or service. Food was pretty poor at lunchtime when we called. Drink choices nothing exciting. Pub grub.. complete with dirty...More

Thank themeparkphobia
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We came here two years ago. We were visiting Reading again, so decided to come here for breakfast. Shock horror, it is not a Wetherspoons anymore, well actually, the full English breakfast was a few pence cheaper so no complaint. Just two little ones. Julie...More

Thank timbone51
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

A great place to meet up with a few friends and have a few beers. The staff are very friendly and professional. Drinks are all very reasonable price.

Thank paul k
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Its just like a weather spoons but a lot smaller ,. friendly staff and nice beers. I like all beers are the same price , so you can choose what you really want drink and not just go for the cheapest.

Thank taffytaf_2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:00
Thursday
07:00 - 00:00
Friday
07:00 - 01:00
Saturday
07:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 163 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 950 7592
Description
This pub was one of the first Wetherspoon establishments to open outside of London and celebrated trading for 20 years in May 2014. Open from 7am daily for breakfast & coffee with a front garden area to make the most of the British weather. We have been awarded the maximum five stars in the Food Hygiene Rating scheme and welcome all to try our range of food available from pub classics, American style foods, pastas & salads and more. We take great pride in our selection of beers and ales. We are Cask Marque accredited and there are many guest ales to choose from as well as our house ales. We are also happy to introduce our new craft beer, Devil's Backbone IPA, from America along with Hogstar lager, Windsor & Eton Pilsner and Hazy Hog cider.
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