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The Escape Roomer Review

Delighted to say we have received our first official independent review from The Escape Roomer! Please go check it out! Here is a little taste:

“The Verdict

Escape the Chop was a real hidden gem! It’s built with buckets of love and it really shows in every little detail from how fun the game was to how brilliant the customer service is from start to finish.

It’s also just such a brilliant little room – well balanced with fun puzzles and massively immersive. If this is creator Alex’s first room, I cannot wait to see what the future brings!

If you’re living in, or visiting Reading, you have got to put Escape the Chop on your list… It’s a must play!


Located in the small town of Burghfield, just outside of Reading, is a small barber shop at the side of the main road. For all intents and purposes it’s a quaint and sleepy little village. But don’t let it’s appearance deceive you… This is actually the site of a string of very mysterious disappearances. Men from all over Burghfield and Reading are popping down to the barbers for an appointment and are never seen again.

About Escape the Chop

Escape the Chop is Reading’s newest escape room experience located a little off the beaten track around a 20 minute drive from Reading station. If you’re like us and don’t own a car, there are plenty of bus routes or a taxi costs around £15.

It’s born of a whole lot of love and enthusiasm from first time escape room designer, Alex – who ran our room for us! The origins story goes that Alex was having his hair cut at the barbers and thought “hey it would be really cool to have an escape room here“. The owner thought about it and after a little while said “sure, we’ve got a room back here you can have.”

The brilliant thing about this story is that I didn’t actually hear it from Alex himself, but from the next escape room in Reading we visited, where the team were very excited to hear we’d played Escape the Chop. This was then affirmed that evening by chatting on my personal account to another Reading room manager, who excitedly told me Escape the Chop was next on his list. One thing is for sure and that’s Reading has an amazingly supportive network of escape rooms who are all out to sing each other’s praises. Escape the Chop is the latest grassroots room joining this community and not to be missed if you’re in the area!

“Hi, we’re here for Pirelli’s miracle hair treatment”

From the very first moment you walk through the door, you’re immersed in Escape the Chop. The game begins when you approach the barbers and ask for Pirelli’s Miracle Hair Treatment. A nervous young barber approaches and takes you to the back room as if preparing you for a hair cut. It’s only when the door closes behind him that he explains why you’re really here: to help get to the bottom of the disappearances. Wait, that IS why you’re here, right?

Between the front room (a real life barber shop) and the back room (the escape room in disguise) there’s very little thematic difference. It’s only when you look closely you realise that all the cupboards are locked shut and not everything is quite as it seems here.

The ‘briefing’ is delivered completely in character as your GM cautiously explains that his boss (the kindly looking barber who we’d just walked past) is up to something really sinister and he fears for his life. As a player you’re not really sure what you’ve stepped into, but whatever it is you don’t have a lot of time before the barber’s next appointment. A nervous ‘good luck’ and out the GM steps leaving you alone!”

Check out the rest on The Escape Roomer website!