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The Earley Retreat, Lower Earley - pub details

Earley Retreat

Address: Chalfont Close, Lower Earley, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 5HZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4196) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Earley (1.3 miles), Winnersh Triangle (2.4 miles), Winnersh (2.6 miles)

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I first visited the Earley Retreat a few months ago. On that occasion I found the beer rather strange-tasting, but gave them the benefit of the doubt. The other day I went back and experienced the same problem. It was different beer on both visits, which leads me to believe that the pub isn't storing its beer properly and/or maintaining the pipework well enough. I didn't bother complaining as it was only a half - I just grimaced and necked it quickly. Also, by that stage, I wasn't confident that a replacement beverage would have been any different, given the place's track record.

The food is OK - you get what you pay for. The staff - or at least the barman who served me - was friendly enough, but both he and the chef looked rather unprofessional in sitting down out front at all opportunities to chat with their mates (a habit that has been noted by other posters).

I'm sure the pub would attract more people (and on both occasions I was there it seemed to be slightly lacking in custom) if the managers raised their game in both front-of-house and cellar management.
Kroeginspekteur - 10 Apr 2012 16:20
Went in on Monday night to find Band playing in Pool table area. When they got going you couldn't hold a conversation in any part of the pub, and its a big pub. Most people in to watch the Monday night football and felt like the locals didn't like strangers in the bar. London Pride only Real Ale on and it was average quality. I won't be going back.
Beer_Spotter - 6 Dec 2011 00:34
Went in recently, pool table not working, lager tasting weak, music was nothing but rap and loud thumping garage. Manager was too busy 'upstairs' to come down and deal with my complaint. The staff stood round doing nothing. They had no decent change in their tills so was given shrapnel. Toilets had a rather dirty stench to them. I agree with a previous comment that the staff were far too busy entertaining their friends.
SimmySammy - 19 May 2009 22:42
My local, under new management now who are doing a good job it seems, a decent local boozer with reasonable and good value food, i remember this place from years ago, over those years this place has improved with the refit a few years ago up until now, it does the job basically and it does it reasonably well, so handy to slink away from the big shop for a swift pint.
Nezzy - 1 May 2009 18:27
Hummmm, not so impressed, have been several times, the staff seem too happy to chat with their riff raff mates who sit at the bar and get in my way.
When we had the meal deal, 2 steaks with a bottle of wine for 9.99 last summer they rarely had a cold white which is pretty poor as we were there at around 7:30pm.
Another time they had no white whatsoever, asked for a substitute and told no deal, no apologies whatsoever, what a poor show, so I had the red and my partner had white from the bar which we had to fork out 5 plus a glass for, what an apalling rip off!
Food though was good for the price in the main.
Atmos leaves a lot to be desired, aforementioned bar staff and their mates who wear vests in all seasons didn't help.
Blue ones.
blueskies - 5 Mar 2009 21:08

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