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Castle Inn, Cold Ash - pub details

Address: Cold Ash Hill, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9PS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12723) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Thatcham (2.4 miles), Newbury Racecourse (3 miles), Newbury (3.3 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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other pubs nearby:

Spotted Dog, Cold Ash (0.1 miles), Sun in the Wood, Newbury (1.3 miles), Mill House, Thatcham (1.3 miles), Taste of England, Thatcham (1.4 miles), Black Horse, Thatcham (1.5 miles) - see more nearby pubs

 

user reviews of Castle Inn, Cold Ash

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I had high hopes for this village pub, which uniquely sits right nextdoor to the Spotted Dog. They're literally a stone's throw from one another. I'd read that a real cider is sometimes on offer. But on asking the young bar staff if they had a real cider, I was met with a "it depends what you mean by real cider". A few fizzy options were offered to me, which I politely declined. I asked what dark ales they had on and one female customer shouted out Guinness. With such ignorance, I knew I was on my own. I eventually opted for the Westons Mulled Cider. Ales were Courage Best, Fullers London Pride, Sharps Atlantic, Wells A Good Stuffing, Hardy and Hansons Rocking Rudolph & West Berkshire Good Old Boy. So no real dark ales anyway. The interior is fairly nice, with a few secluded spots. The only annoyance were the flies, which isn't a good sign. A decent pub. But could be better with more knowledgeable staff.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Dec 2016 20:10
This is without a doubt the best real pub for miles around. Despite living 12 miles away we have been regulars here for more than 20 years. (what's wrong with 1979 anyway, previous reviewer?). Run by a very friendly family, good beers and lager always well kept, excellent value pub grub and used by lots of friendly people. My idea of a proper pub and I've been in over a thousand!
miceman - 31 Jan 2012 21:00
When I walked into the Castle, it was like coming out of Dr Who Tardis to about 1979!

The pub was busy but a lot of those there looked like local flotsam and jetsam. Decor is VERY dated and has the feel of a mediocre pub from the 1970s and 80s. On the plus side, prices are quite low and service fair.
fender100 - 5 Feb 2010 15:50
Used to drink here in the 80s - great pub with fab atmosphere. Re-developed bar areas since then but still a proper pub with fod and several real ales. Had Doom Bar this week which was excllent ... will be going back.
thefatsausage - 17 Oct 2008 00:45
Quite a nice village pub serving a good pint. A shame that the barmaid was smoking by the bar though.
anotherpintplease - 23 Jul 2006 18:58

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