“It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go,” is the famous marching song in World War I that is still known to this day.
The Midlands has got a rich seam of musicians in its past with the likes of Led Zeppelin, ELO, Black Sabbath, Slade, The Beat, UB40, The Specials, Ocean Colour Scene, Traffic, Steel Pulse, The Move, Duran Duran and The Wonder Stuff amongst others all gracing the charts but the music heritage started way back before that.
Harry Williams, who was born in Aston, penned the famous song that was sung by music hall entertainer Jack Judge in 1912.
Apparently, the pair made £164 grand each from royalties after the record sold three million copies by 1915 (pre i-tune downloads) and Harry, who by this time had moved to the Plough Inn, bought the pub off his parents and promptly renamed it.
259 – The Tipperary Inn CV8 1PW is off the beaten track on the main drag between Kenilworth and Balsall Common in a hamlet called Meer End with approximately zero housing stock.
As the history lesson tells us it’s been there a while and has had many guises but looks like it’s surviving/thriving as an Italian restaurant and boozer.
It’s a small one roomed place that is mainly set up for dining but has a corner and bar area to have a drink. I rolled up at around 7.30 on a Sunday evening and whilst it wasn’t full there were around five or six families/couples eating and another couple outside in the picturesque little beer garden, which gave it some atmosphere.
I had a cracking pint of Tribute (St Austell) and the barmaid was top notch.
The cask ale lottery means you never quite know but she told me she’d just changed the barrel so she pulled some through, then let me taste it before pulling it through and gave out the reassuring words, “I’ll just let that settle.”
That might be my new barometer of quality and it certainly proved to be the case on this occasion. My back up plan was a bit of Brew XI on keg but the Tribute was top notch so whilst this place is food based, with some great wartime memorabilia…
…it still serves an excellent pint of beer.
Pubs need to survive in the modern era and this is clearly the way forward for a boozer that has got a magnificent history.
Harry would be happy that it’s still going and probably admit the background music, which was modern, is a sign of the times as I can’t imagine his most famous tune on a loop would have the punters flocking in 2018.
Clearly, the journey to The Tipperary isn’t too long for some punters and long may that continue.