In the spirit of song titles as blog post titles I’ve been sadly lacking recently so this tenuously afforded me the opportunity to throw a Blur song into the mix.
As Castles and town centres go, Warwick’s is pretty impressive. Since I started blogging I’ve not reached the home of Racing Club Warwick (Townsend Meadow if you’ve not been there Duncan) or any of its boozers so a recent trip meant I could see what it had to offer.
Apparently RC Warwick beat Birmingham City at St Andrew’s in the Birmingham Senior Cup Final some time prior to 1967 but Birmingham never lose to non-league opposition at home…e
xcept Altrincham in the 1985 FA Cup Oh hang on a minute…
Anyway, it hasn’t got William Shakespeare like near neighbour Stratford upon Avon or the Regency architecture of Leamington Spa, but it’s a bona fide tourist attraction in its own right.
Anything that comes under the Merlin Entertainments umbrella is likely to be
very expensive all singing and all dancing so Warwick Castle, along with the surrounding area,
is a honey pot for our transatlantic friends such as Russ, Dave and Dick.
However, where Warwick differs is that it still has a good selection of earthy boozers tucked away in the underbelly of the town and appears to be buckling the trend with pubs opening as opposed to shutting.
One such place is 269 – The Old Coffee Tavern CV34 4RA based just on The Old Square near to the town’s biggest attraction. According to its blog, it was built in 1880 and known as a Coffee Tavern and Hotel before being used by the local authority for many years.
However, in a town that likes its history, a firm known as the Mosaic Pub and Dining Company restored it and brought it back to life as a boozer in 2017.
I had gone for a recce to the Castle ahead of a looming trip with work and managed to see the Trebuchet in full flow but with the heat wave in full effect and an abundance of people I needed to take liquid refuge!
The OCT was clearly melting as there was some kind of fan/air con issue and the landlady was looking like she was about to explode as she attempted to fix the main source of air!
It’s a pretty laid back vibe and quite foodie with two parties of six having a Sunday lunch and a girl auditioning for the role of a top sportsman as she was on her i-pad with her headphones in and therefore avoiding all form of human contact!
I quite liked the look of the inside of this place but the only problem with bars that have big glass windows at the front (like most Micropubs)is that if the sun is beating down on the window it can make it like a sauna.
However, all was good with the world as the fan/air con kicked in and the gaffer could stop melting and appeared to relax but not before the Church End IPA reached the end of the barrel as she tried to pour my pint!
(savouring almost a fivers worth of beer)
There were other options such as Ubu and but with temperatures in and around 30 degrees I went for the Lawless (unfiltered) Lager (Purity) that set me back a tourist price of £4.80!
The layout inside is good and the bar staff were friendly and attentive plus any place that has recently converted to a pub from another building has to be a good thing!
Oh yes, funky beermats too!