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  • Host:
  • Ian and Karen Batho
  • Where:
  • Wash Water
  • Andover Road
  • Newbury
  • Berkshire RG20 0LU
  • Telephone:
  • (01635) 43027
  • Facilities:
  • Architectural Interest
  • Car Park
  • Garden Or Patio
  • Pub Food
  • Restaurant Or Dining Room
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Map:
  • Click Here for a Map to The Woodpecker Inn, Newbury

The Woodpecker Inn, Newbury

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This pub used to be unique - until recently the only one called The Woodpecker in the country.

Until the early 1970s it was called The Derby Arms, but an association with Bulmers led to the pub being named after their brand of cider. The name is appropriate as the century-old pub was originally a cider house.

The address, Wash Water, holds an interesting historical anecdote as it was named after the spot, on the River Enborne where women washed troops' clothes during the Battles of Newbury in the Civil War.

The pub originally had two bars and a snug, but all the bars have now been knocked into one. The result is a bright and cheerful pub where landlord and landlady Ian and Karen Batho promises a friendly welcome in an unusual building. "It's a very warm and friendly pub," they say. "The building seems to generate its own warmth."

Fancy a country stroll?

The Woodpecker is perfectly situated if you fancy a gentle amble across the beautiful Berkshire countryside. See the link below for a recommended walk that starts and finishes at the pub.

> Country walk from The Woodpecker