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Inkberrow - The Real-Life Pub and Locations Which Inspired The Archers

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Published March 23rd 2018
Real-Life Pub And Locations That Inspired The Archers
Nestled on the outskirts of Redditch is a tiny picturesque village, which was the rural inspiration for The Archers.

Archers, village, inkberrow, inspiration for tv dramas, photo Alison Brinkworth
Inkberrow was the inspiration for The Archers. Photo Alison Brinkworth

Avid listeners will know that families in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom live in the fictional village of Ambridge, but if you want to see it's real-life equivalent, head to Inkberrow.

You will find the village in a quiet, small corner of Worcestershire, on the outskirts of Birmingham. True to the radio show, there's plenty of farm land, village pubs, a post office and a local grocery store.

You can easily reach Inkberrow by following the A422 as it is located in country lanes between Redditch, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Along with embracing the beautiful scenery and having a walk around the village, the most interesting thing for fans of The Archers show will be the local pub, which has its own memorabilia about the world's longest running radio soap opera.

The Archers, inspiration, Inkberrow, radio show, Ambridge, Alison Brinkworth
Memorabilia from The Archers is in the local pub. Photo Alison Brinkworth

The Old Bull pub (the Archers' version is called The Bull) is a charming black and white building on the Village Green with low ceilings, beams and the smell of nostalgia as soon as you open the door. There are photographs and other memorabilia adorning the walls showing its connection and inspiration for the pub in The Archers.

Not only is The Old Bull a great place for a day out or visit with a pint of beer or cider (if you are embracing rural Worcestershire), it also serves food (every day but Mondays).

One thing to be careful of is that there are two pubs with similar names. The other is The Bull's Head on the High Street, but it is The Old Bull that is known for its direct connection to The Archers.

Archers village, Inkberrow, Ambridge, inspiration for radio show, Alison Brinkworth
Inkberrow and Ambridge have a lot in common. Photo Alison Brinkworth

The Archers has many links to the West Midlands as it is recorded at the BBC studios in Birmingham, at The Mailbox. It has gained more and more followers since its launch in 1951 and now has five million listeners.

Storylines from rape to domestic abuse have featured in the programme, but is more know for being a gentle character-led drama.
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Where: The Old Bull in Inkberrow near Redditch
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