Coventry has a wonderful range of different pubs across the city, used by hardworking people from all walks of life.
Whether it’s great pubs on busy main streets, cozy little pubs tucked away, gastropubs or dank pubs, freehouse or chain, there’s something for everyone in our city.
So in a new series, CoventryLive takes a look at Google’s top-rated pubs, breaking them down by area.
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Many of the city’s suburbs are interconnected, with blurry borders and inconsistent borders, so we’ll group some of these together, those that see locals twirling between pubs that are perhaps close to each other but technically in different areas .
This week we’ll look at the best pubs in Longford, Aldermans Green and Bell Green, then in the coming weeks we’ll tackle Wyken, Walsgrave and Potters Green, then Holbrooks, Radford and Coundon, Earlsdon and Chapelfields and work our way up to the end in the city center – and maybe a big winner when finished.
The series will list the five best pubs in the areas of the week, with a bit about the pub, what customers can expect and its history.
Longford, Aldermans Green and Bell Green
This section to the north of the city was once home to dozens of pubs. The Longford Road / Foleshill Road pub track was once one of the most famous in the city, at one time having a pub every 150 yards.
The reason for so many pubs was that the area was close to the city’s industrial sites, whether weaving, manufacturing or mining – pub names such as Weaver’s Arms on Bell Green Road and Miner’s Arms on Aldermans Green Road, now long gone, alludes to this. .
But there are still a dozen pubs left, and below is the one with the best rankings in the area.
1. The Greyhound Inn
Technically Sutton Stop, Exhall but this pub is right on the border and used by many in Longford and Aldermans Green.
The Greyhound is perhaps one of the most popular pubs in town, known for its great food, fantastic pie parlor and superb beer, not to mention its cozy interior setting and wonderful canal views.
All of these leads have earned it a 4.6 out of 5 Google rating from over 2,100 reviews, officially making it the highest ranked pub in this part of town.
It’s that hey, James Bond himself, the late, great, Roger Moore was known to visit on occasion. It has also won Coventry Pub of the Year on numerous occasions.
The pub is believed to date back to the 1820s and has been a Grade II building since the 1970s.
2. The Old Crown, Lentons Lane
Not to be confused with the neighboring (and now closed) Old Crown on Windmill Road, this gastropub balances that line between a popular restaurant serving delicious home-cooked food and a friendly local pub loved by locals.
Like the Greyhound, the Crown had a Google rating of 4.6 out of 5, but since it’s 1,500 reviews less, it finishes a close but unlucky second.
The pub dates back to the mid-19th century and, according to Historic Coventry, was owned by the Earl of Craven, a British peer whose family home was at Coombe Abbey.
3. The Boat, Blackhorse Road
Similar to the Greyhound, the Boat is technically Exhall but is also right on the border and therefore popular with Longford drinkers.
A friendly little pub with a cozy interior that combines the old: log tables, fireplace, etc. to modern sports trappings with TV, billiards, jukebox and darts – but don’t be fooled inside, the Bateau’s garden is huge! Perfect for hot summer days with the family.
According to the pub’s Facebook, they may soon start making food too. Out of 84 reviews, The Boat has an overall rating of 4.5, making it the third highest rated pub in the region.
4. The Royal
This boozer Old Church Road is an old fashioned low rise building that used to be a carriage house which is believed to date back to the late 18th century.
Sitting on the canal, it is popular with locals and walkers. Its friendly atmosphere earned it a Google rating of 4.3 out of five stars from 61 reviewers.
Despite its popularity, it was closed a few years ago before local twin brothers rescued and refurbished it, restoring it to its former glories.
Many locals also remember a tragic incident in the 1980s which saw a regular fall through a roof and sadly die.
5. The Longford Engine
The engine has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years under new management that has returned it to former glories and made the most of its proximity to the CBS Arena – it does a brisk game day trade.
Great food, decent beer and an open-plan lounge/bar area create a welcoming atmosphere – there’s also a great paved outdoor section overlooking the canal, which is nice on warm days.
The engine had a Google Review rating of 4.2 out of five, the same as The Bird in Hand, but it received fifth place because it got more reviews.
The Bird on Aldermans Green Road, which as above just missed out on the top five, is also a lovely little pub. Friendly staff and locals, two pool tables and a large garden make for a great day out or a quiet pint.
The Three Horseshoes, now the New Horseshoe, on the Longford side of Foleshill Road, was traditionally a pub but is better known now as a restaurant, it is often rated as one of the best curry houses in the city, and for this reason it was left out.
The Old Crown on Windmill Road is now closed but was once a bustling meeting point in the area under the watchful eyes of owners Brian and Ruby and has been the scene of some legendary lockdowns – sadly it is now a home of multiple occupancy.
The elephant and the castle on Aldermans Green Road had the best garden if you were a kid – lots of room to run around and amazingly imaginative climbing frame/slide combinations – also sadly closed.
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