The Old Smithy
1 Greene Lane
Mon-Sat 11.30-2.30, 6-11, Sun 12-10.30
The Old Smithy
A large pub just off the Coventry road - the A428.
This pub is part of the King Henry's Taverns and serves the same menu and usual ales. All were well kept and served with or without sparklers.
The pub is on the village green and attracts a lot of people in the summer months. That said, it is large inside and there is a conservatory which is the lightest and airiest part of the pub, though the seating is rather close together. With rattan furniture and light curtains, there is a good atmosphere in here.
The rest of the pub has a darker feel to it, though this is part of the charm of a traditional country pub.
Disabled access is possible from the front to part of the bar, though the toilets are not accessible.
The seating here is traditional dark wood tables and chairs in the nooks and crannies that this pub has a plenty. The dark wood bar is on two levels - though you can access it from outside both of them. It is a long 'L' shaped bar, and so at busy times you need to be patient, but they do their best to serve everyone. It helps that the clientele are there as much for food as beer. The decor reflects the theme of the pub - the smithy and so there are plenty of blacksmith's tools about along with pictures and bric-a-brac.
Food is served everyday at lunchtimes and evenings until late - though check for times. Food is traditional pub fayre such as steak, Guinness and mushroom pie, seafood platter, and a selection of vegetarian meals. Prices are keen and the steaks are a local draw. There really is something for everyone here including a children's menu. If you prefer wine with your meal, they do a particularly good deal with an open bottle, which if you buy it cost much less than by the glass.
For the summer, you can sit outside the front by the large car park, or by the children's play area.
No accommodation here, but The White Lion 2 miles away which does, also serves real ale.
Well worth a stop if you are at Ryton Gardens which is 2 - 3 miles away.
The other pubs in the group are at: The Man at Arms, The Green, Bitteswell, Nr. Lutterworth (off M1 junc 20) (01455) 552540; The Ragley Boat Stop, Deepdale Lane, off Sinfin Lane, Nr. Barrow-on-Trent, Derby, (01332) 703919; The Old Red Lion, Welham, Nr Market Harborough, Leices, (01858) 565253.
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