Castle Inn, Cold Ash

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.

End of an era at the Castle Inn, Cold Ash

On the afternoon of Saturday 3 August 2019, while Maggie Hex was busy cleaning the kitchen, Nick Hex accepted a special award from Tim Thomas on behalf of West Berkshire CAMRA for 29 years service to the community at the Old Chequers, Thatcham and the Castle Inn, Cold Ash.
If Nick and Maggie had stayed on at the Castle Inn a month longer they would have achieved 30 years.
Sunday 4 August is the final opening day with Nick and Maggie running the Castle Inn.
‘Hexit day’ is 6 August! After clearing and cleaning on Monday and Tuesday, a new couple arrive to take over.
Nick remembers that Courage Best and Webster’s Yorkshire Bitter were on the bar when they first took over. Since then, new handpumps have been added to provide a ‘permanent beer festival’. Good Old Boy, Butcombe Bitter and Indigenous Brewery Tickety Boo were among the beers available on Saturday.
The CAMRA group enjoyed a few beers, in good condition, from their patio table in front of the pub.
Nick and Maggie live in the village and although they are leaving the pub trade they plan to continue working for a while before retiring.
Take Courage – Best Wishes & Good Luck!