Newbury was founded late in the eleventh century following the Norman invasion as a new borough, hence its name. Newbury was the site of two Civil War battles, the First Battle of Newbury (at Wash Common) in 1643 and the Second Battle of Newbury (at Speen) in 1644. The nearby Donnington Castle was reduced to a ruin in the aftermath of the second battle. Distance 1 mile, walking time 20 mins.
Newbury is home to the UK headquarters of the mobile network operator Vodafone, which is the town's largest employer with over 6,000 people. Before moving to their £129 million headquarters in the outskirts of the town in 2002, Vodafone used 64 buildings spread across the town centre.Select pictures for a larger view.

Bacon ArmsStart at the Bacon Arms. 10 Oxford Street RG14 1JB
Monday - Saturday 12noon - 11pm Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm.  Marstons range of ales.
17th century inn with a history dating back to the civil war. Food is served all day with a choice of Main or snack menu. Hotel accomodation with 13 rooms.
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Turn left out of the pub and walk down to the junction. Turn to the right of the monument in the middle of the road to pass the Monument pub on your right. Keep on to turn right into West Street and reach the Lion on your left.

The Lion

The Lion
39, West Street RG14 1BE.  Opens from noon daily.Large corner pub serving Wadsworth Ales. Large and roomy with free wi-fi available. Henry's IPA, Swordfish, and 6X.
Open Monday to Tuesday 4.30pm - 11.30 pm Wednesday to Thursday 12 noon -2.30pm. 4.30pm - 11.30pm
Friday to Saturday t. 12 noon - 12 midnight (open all day) Sun 12 noon – 10:30pm (open all day)
Large selection of ales.
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Retrace your steps back up West Street to reach Northbrook street again. Turn right and walk up to the Lock Stock and Barrel on your rightdown the little alley shortly before the canal bridge.

Lock Stock and BarrelNext is the Lock Stock and Barrel.

104 Northbrook Street RG14 1AA.  11-11 Mon-Thu; 11-Midnight Fri & Sat; 12-10.30 Sun
Large Fullers pub, lovely to sit outside by the canal lock. Fullers London Pride, ESB, Seafarers, Spring Sprinter. Free wi-fi available.  Food served all day.
Open 11am, noon Sundays
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Retrace your steps  and cross over the canal bridge. Take a left into the market place (Thur and Sat) and enter the Old Waggon and Horses.

Old Waggon and Horses

Old Waggon and Horses
26 Market Place RG14 5AG
12-midnight; 12-1am Fri; 12-3am Sat; 12-2am Sun
A traditional small bar at the front with Doom bar and other ales rotating, with a more modern canal bar at the rear but with no ale. The rear bar serves Thai food and the staff will fetch you a real ale from the front bar if you wish. Live music in the rear bar on Friday nights.
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Turn left from the Waggon and Horses and walk a short distance to the Slug and Lettuce.

Slug and LettuceSlug and Lettuce pub.  Was the Hogshead
1-3 Wharf Street, RG14 5AN  Opens 10am daily, noon on Sunday.
01635 569895
Huge pub nicely laid out by the canal side.

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Cross into the market place to the Hatchet on your left.

The HatchetThe Hatchet

Wetherspoon pub with the usual good range of ales and good value food. Nice decor and pleasant staff. Open all day from breakfast time with food served all day.
12 Market Place. RG14 5BD. Free wi-fi.
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From the Hatchet, turn left and follow the path round to the Elephant at the market.

The Elephant at the market

Elephant at the Market Was the Queens Hotel
8 Market Pl, Newbury RG14 5BD
Opening times: Monday - Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm

Marstons range of ales with food served all day.
Car park. Free wi-fi.
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Cross to the pavement to the opposite side of the road and turn left passing the entrance to the indoor shopping centre to the Catherine Wheel.

The Catherine Wheel

Catherine Wheel NewburyNewly refurbished and open 11-11 Mon-Wed; 11-12am Thu-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

35, Cheap Street RG14 5DB.  

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Pleasant pub with a good range of local ales and pies on offer. Sunny outside seating area.

Turn left out of the Catherine Wheel and then left into the Kennet Centre. Walk ahead and then turn right at the junction and follow round to the exit. Turn left into Bartholomew Street to reach the Newbury on your left.

The Newbury

The Newbury 137 Bartholomew Street RG14 5HB
Opening times: 11:30 Mon-Fri 10am Sat, noon Sun.  Opens until late, check website.
Food served Lunch and Evening

Two Cocks 1643 Cavalier,Two Cocks 1643 Roundhead, West Berkshire Good Old Boy. 2 changing beers.
Free wi-fi.
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Turn Left out of the Newbury and at the end of Bartholomew Street, turn left into Market Street. Inches Yard will be on your right.

The Cow and Cask

Cow and Cask NewburyOpened on 14 November 2014.

1 Inches Yard, Market Street RG14 5DP
Closed Mon; 5-9 Tue & Wed; 12-2, 5-9 Thu; 12-2, 4.30-10 Fri; 12-10 Sat; Closed Sun

A micropub and a great place for a chat.
Pork pies, pickled eggs, pickled onios, crisps, nuts and pork scratchings are available.

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Local bus services and the railway are close at hand.

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