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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 Fob Watch

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The Fob Watch Tavern in The Butts, Coventry. A cheery wave of triumph comes from Mrs Heather Spencer of Earlsdon, who gave an old pub a new name. 1st May 1981. Photo courtesy of the Coventry Evening Telegraph

NAME FOB WATCH
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1837 1981 SUMMERLAND TAVERN
1981 1994 FOB WATCH
1994 1999 SUMMERLAND TAVERN
1999 2011 BUTTS RETREAT
ADDRESS THE BUTTS
This name was a play on Flowers Original Bitter (FOB) and the fact that it is in the old watchmaking area of Spon End and Chapelfields.

Until 1981 this was the SUMMERLAND TAVERN, when it became the FOB WATCH. In 1994 it reverted to the SUMMERLAND TAVERN.

In 1985 it was said to be 'a pleasant pub ......two seperate drinking areas, one with a pool table'.
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Name See WRAG 3 below

to 1981 SUMMERLAND TAVERN

1.5.1981 JA 16 CET Name changed from SUMMERLAND TAVERN to FOB WATCH.

1.5.1981 News 29 Pub re-opens as the FOB WATCH

1.5.1981 News 30 Result of name choosing competition

1982 WRAG 3 A recently opened pub, the name is a pun on Flowers Original Bitter and the watchmaking area of Chapelfields.

1985 CCRAG A pleasant pub previously called the SUMMERLAND TAVERN. Two seperate drinking areas, one with a pool table. Probably uses blanket pressure most of the time.

1994 Reverted to the SUMMERLAND TAVERN

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1.5.1981 News 30 Bill & Margaret McGovern

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