22-23 Spon Street
(0247) 625 2183.
Open all day
This is a very old pub/building situated in the medieval Spon Street. It is the last of the surviving buildings of Coventry that are in full working order. The street is full of shops and bars all set within something out of Robin Hood - buildings leaning over, wattle and daub, etc.
The pub has a main front entrance - bend if you are tall. You then walk down to the small bar area. This is an 'L' shape and is partly in the small front room to the left. This means it can get busy trying to get served at a weekend evening, but not so at other times.
The pub is multi-roomed, all in the old style with boarded ceilings and 'flag' floors. All the rooms are small and cosy with a good feel to them, none are the same shape, nor perpendicular, but that's that nature of the building. There is a wood burning stove in the main bar seating area, along with a mixture of tables, chairs and stools. The other front rooms have bench seating - narrow and one has a beautiful fireplace with gas effect fire that keeps the room warm in winter, even at lunchtimes. The one small matter that might prevent you going back, is that the music on the jukebox is 'metal' and this can put you off your pint if you are a pop fan.
The beer served here tends to be from the larger regional's, but it is served well. They have a couple of guest ales on.
Food is only served here at lunchtimes and they have a special curry night on Tuesdays for about a £6.
The back room which is a bit of a store room at present, but you can still sit in there, retains the large brewing vessels that were used many moons ago. Two large barrels adorn the walls and a large brick kiln-type fireplace dominates the centre of the room. Just outside of this room, note the hooded pew seat by the wall.
Not that far from the station and worth the walk.
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