It’s A Long Way To (The) Tipperary

 

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I had a cracking pint of Tribute (St Austell) and the barmaid was top notch.

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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.”

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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…

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…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.

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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.

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23 thoughts on “It’s A Long Way To (The) Tipperary

      1. I knew I could rely on you Mudgie for some 60s/70s song facts!!! Good knowledge! I should have added in the Spencer Davis Group, Twang and Musical Youth for good measure too (and The Streets!) It kind of pales compared to Manchester and Liverpool but we live in hope!

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      1. They owned about 120, but they were rather thinly spread, with only a few in Birmingham itself. They did own the famous Black Horse at Northfield, though. The original company was taken over by Greenalls in the 1980s.

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  1. “The Midlands has got a rich seam of musicians in its past”

    I recognise seven out of those twelve. 😎

    “(pre i-tune downloads) ”

    (chuckle)

    “bought the pub off his parents and promptly renamed it.”

    Interesting tidbit of info. ☺️

    “but looks like it’s surviving/thriving as an Italian restaurant and boozer.”

    I notice in the photo above that their sign is a riff on Eat,Pray, Love. 😉

    “but has a corner and bar area to have a drink. ”

    I have a fondness for places that do that.b👍

    “I’ll just let that settle”

    Top notch barmaid indeed.

    “as I can’t imagine his most famous tune on a loop would have the punters flocking in 2018.”

    Maybe on Karaoke night. 😋

    “Clearly, the journey to The Tipperary isn’t too long for some punters and long may that continue.”

    (slow golf clap)

    Nice way to finish off.

    Cheers

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      1. Probably due to me being on this side of the pond but:

        The Beat, Ocean Colour Scene, Steel Pulse, and The Move and The Wonder Stuff.

        As for the tidbit typo, that was just a phone error in choosing a smiley, and not doing a proper preview prior to post (I blame the heat and the beer). 🙂

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      2. The heat is gettign to us all Russ!!! The Beat are arguably Brum’s best ever band…Mirror In The Bathroom and Tears of a Clown whilst you will definitely have heard Riverboat Song by OCS. Steel Pulse top reggae band from 1970’s punk era whilst Roy Wood of Wizzard fame started in The Move. The Wonder Stuff were an angst ridden band from Stourbridge in the late eighties so I will forgive you that one! Unbearable is their best track…

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      3. (takes note of certain songs/bands listed by Life)

        I’ll look some of those up on YouTube this weekend and see if they ring a bell. 🙂

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      4. Ok, I’ve listened to samples on YouTube of the five I didn’t recognise. Nothing against the other four but I really like The Beat. I’ll be adding some of their stuff to my list of songs to play on my monthly trips to Nanaimo (90 minutes by car). 😎

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