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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The Alhambra

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NAME ALHAMBRA
ADDRESS 64 - 66 NEW BUILDINGS
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1746 1966 MERIDEN TAVERN
1966 2000 ALHAMBRA

This pub was the MERIDEN TAVERN until the mid - 1960s, when it was renamed the Alhambra. The Alhambra is the 'red palace' built by the Moorish rulers of Grenada in the 13th century. It was used as the name of a famous music hall in Leicester Square, built in the Moorish style and then became a popular name for variety theatres, cinemas and pubs, implying a certain opulence. Why it should be used for this pub at such a late date I do not know.

People my age will remember good times at the Alhambra from Don Fardon's tenancy in the 1970s on. It featured in the 1986 Good Beer Guide as 'a popular lunchtime venue', but was demolished in 1999 to make way for 'the Priory Court development. The roof timbers were rescued for ring dating, so that we would know what an aged building the deveopers had destroyed!

Known Licensees are;
to 1960's see Meriden Tavern
1970's Don Fardon
1985 D. Cockrell
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Research

Dict PN Yhe palace of the Moorish Kings at Grenada, Spain

to c1966 The MERIDEN TAVERN

1982 WRAG 3 Vety crowded single room pub. Very noisey but popular with youmg.

1985 CCRAG A medaeval remnant of old Coventry, just off the main shopping area. Previously called the ' MERIDEN TAVERN '. A good pint usually in this out of the way pub. Well worth finding

Xmas 1999 Lost Pubs 10

2000 News 2-30 Demolished. Roof timbers rescued....thought to be the last survivng parts. Being ring dated.

22.11.2010 Source 26 Site is under part of Priory Court development

 

LICENSEES

1985 Ansells Mr D. Cockrell manager

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