Nathan and Kirsty Wilson-Bridges reopened the Castle Inn, Cold Ash on 9 August 2019.
Kirsty is from Thatcham and first met Nathan while studying at university in his Bristol base. Before their children were born, they ran a village pub west of Bath. They now have two school-age daughters and are keen to cater well for families and allow the pub’s car park to be used for school runs.
They have redecorated the pub and the new Venetian blinds give the pub a more contemporary look. Some original artwork by local student artists, on display, is offered for sale.
The Castle Inn, often used as a meeting place, will remain a community pub and an integral part of the village. Nathan is keen to get a darts team
back in the pub which also sponsors the Cold Ash Boys & Girls Under 9 football team.
Improvement plans include fitting a new kitchen and rebuilding the shelter on the front terrace.
The six cask ales include Good Old Boy, Butcombe Original, London Pride, Sharp’s Atlantic Pale Ale and two changing guest ales. On a recent Cask Marque accreditation visit, the pub scored 100% to gain a plaque and certificate.
Popular events are the Monday quiz, Friday meat raffle and live music.
The pub is open all day from 12 noon daily.