The Spotted Dog is a traditional English pub with wooden beams, low ceilings and a log fire in the winter.
Cold Ash is about 4 miles North -East of Newbury, most of the village is on a ridge of the Berkshire Downs overlooking the Kennet valley to the south and the pang valley to the north. This offers stumming views across the countryside with large areas of woodland.
The adjoining village of Ashmore Green forms part of the Parish and lies at a lower elevation less than a mile to the south-west of Cold Ash.
The Parish also includes the urban fringes of Newbury (Manor Park) and Thatcham (Southend & Florence Gardens).
The Parish enjoys excellent connectivity with Reading, London, Oxford and Southampton via the A4, A34 and M4. The Thatcham train station is also 2 miles away.
From almost everywhere in the Parish there are fine views across open countryside. There are large areas of woodland which although are in private ownership have Public Rights of Way which allow Parishioners to enjoy them. See our Public Rights of Way & Walks page.
The Parish is also served by two Public houses.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGERS | AMENITIES AND FACILITIES
Acland Memorial Hall hosts number of community clubs – tennis, cricket, girl guiding, scouts preschool and Little Quavers Music. There is also the horticultural society, brass band, WI, flower arranging, society of theatre goers, volunteer, walkers, heritage and walker’s groups. There are three children’s play areas. The Parish Council has 26 allotments, all of which are on land owned by the Council in trust for the ‘Poor’s Allotment & Recreation Ground Charity’, along with the 3 grazing fields and the recreation ground. The Community Orchard and Wildlife Allotment Garden is approximately 3 hectares in size and is unusual in that, while it accommodates some 28 allotments, these are scattered among a mosaic of meadows and wooded tracts.There is also a village store and post office.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: FOOD & DRINK
There is The Spotted Dog and The Castle. The Spotted Dog. The Spotted Dog has a newly enclosed garden and playground, which is safe for children & dogs.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: SCHOOLS
St Mark’s C of E Primary School which encourages a sense of community.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: SPORTS
Cold Ash has a recreation ground by the village hall with tennis courts.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: CHURCH
St. Marks church is part of the Hermitage Team Ministry which comprises 7 churches to the North – East of Newbury.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: HEALTH
Thatcham Medical Practice is the main area for health.
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: TRANSPORT
The no 41 bus runs from Newbury through Cold Ash to Theale. Thatcham railway is about two miles away.
West Berkshire Villages : Parish Council
WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES: LOCAL HISTORY
The name Cold Ash dates from the 16th century and is mentioned in a 1549 deed of settlement from John Winchcombe (Jack of Newbury) to his third son, Henry. The area was largely unpopulated before 1800 and consisted of moorland, the oldest part of the village is believed to be Bucklebury Alley. Cold Ash was formerly part of Thatcham- but it became its own parish in 1866.