Pub Vacancy

Arkell's

The Woodpecker Inn, Newbury

Andover Road

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Host

Thomas Buckingham

Where

Wash Water,
Andover Road,
Newbury,
Berkshire
RG20 0LU

Tel

(01635) 43027

    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 and updated in 2016. The result is a bright and cheerful pub where landlord Thomas Buckingham promises a friendly welcome in an unusual building. "It's a very warm and friendly pub," he says. "The building seems to generate its own warmth."

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    "Being a Licensee is a fine and rewarding job", says Chris, and it helps that the Arkell’s directors are approachable. "We had a lot of help and they provide us with regular information, but ultimately it's up to us."

    Chris Manners is the Licensee of three Arkell’s pubs. The Rusty Bicycle, The Rickety Press and The Bottle of Sauce