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“Straight forward loal pub”
Review of The Woodpecker Pub

The Woodpecker Pub
Ranked #54 of 206 Restaurants in Newbury
Description: A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY... 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.
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Description: A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY... 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.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Friendly pub with good honest food. The four us enjoyed an early pub supper. Easy going atmosphere and friendly service with well cooked food that we all enjoyed. No fuss just good pub food.

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Thank PJB_Berks
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Came into the Woodpecker a few times as its our local. Had been enjoying a walk in the snow and stopped for a drink and a warm by the log burner. Saw the sign for Mothers Day lunch the following week and decided to book. Place was bunged today and I'm glad we booked. Roast dinner was amazing, I had pork, hubby had beef.. Was well looked after buy the staff and really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere..Will be back again..

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Thank steveg7
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

This pub looks ok from the outside if you ignore the dead hanging flower baskets and the pile of patio umbrellas laying soaking wet on the ground. Walk inside and although it boasts 2 fire places not one of them had a fire burning which would have made a lovely atmosphere and indeed been warmer on a very cold February evening .The pub was nice and clean . So without a good evening or any kind of welcome we ordered drinks from a very flamboyant loud man behind the bar whom we later discover was the Landlord. My wife is quite broad minded, however she wasn't comfortable with the looseness use of the "F" word to the customers by the said Landlord. We were told the menu was on the boards which were above the none working fire place and on tables all over the place . We went to the pub as it was advertised as traditional pub grub . Well almost 80% was vegetable dishes , we decided that they were doing there bit for recycling leftovers from the roast dinners. I ordered Gammon ,( i would have liked a steak but that wasn't on the menu), and my wife ordered ham eggs and chips. We waited longer than you would expect to for the meals , as we were the only ones eating ,during all this time it was apparent that the Landlord was becoming more and more intoxicated and his language got worse. Anyway the kitchen door opened and out came this extremely stern looking woman wearing what should have been chef whites and an apron both covered in food spillage which was very off putting, because if her whites are like that whats the kitchen like ? . She placed the meals down on the table and abruptly , no smile or anything asked if we had everything we needed . The meals themselves were nothing to write home about the gammon was a bit over cooked and all food kinda thrown on top of each other on the plate no nice display. The ham was very very grisly hard to chew no flavor and way too thick , it was twice the thickness of the Gammon. The same woman came out to clear the plates and to be honest we were a bit scared to say anything other than it was ok, wouldn't want to get in a disagreement with her as she looked so stern . We went to the bar to pay our bill and had to wait ages as the other customers (2) said the landlord was out having a fag. He came in didn't wash his hands and took our money. He did manage a " thanks " but no " was everything ok with your meals " or " goodbye see you again ". It was almost like he couldn't wait for us to leave. So we defiantly will not be going again , and in our opinion it is defiantly not a family pub, do not take your Granny, Mother , wife or kids here !!!!!

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Thank happydaysfran
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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic time last night in the Woodpecker. We were greeted by very friendly staff and locals alike. The karaoke was very entertaining and the landlord gave the star performance of the evening. All in all a great time had by all. P.S. The beer was good as well.

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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

Visited the WoodPecker on a Saturday night following a day out at Highclere Castle .... Downton Abbey.

What a great night out, staff were really friendly and food was good. We were fortunate to experience the karaoke... good old fashioned fun , laughter all round.

We will certainly recommend to anyone staying local... well done guys.

Thank Jonathan M
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