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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 Holbrook Hotel

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NAME HOLBROOK HOTEL
ADDRESS HOLBROOKS LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES LYTHALLS LANE

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1929 1993 HOLBROOK HOTEL (INN)
1993 present HOLLY BUSH
This pub was named after the area in which it is situated. In 1929 the license of the City Hotel in Broadgate was removed to the Holbrooks. It opened in that year and the first licensee, Phil Weston, had a pet parrot which wished everyone a 'good morning' leaving the customers wondering where the friendly voice was coming from. In the 1930's there were 'free and easys' in the lounge with a blind pianist called Hughie and beer at 3d per pint.

On a less cheerful note in 1965 licensee Derek William Lloyd murdered his wife, Josephine Clare Lloyd.

In 1982 it was described as a vast red brick edifice, very much a product of the 1930's (a few years out there!). 'A good pidgeon club, good mild ale and women pool players with tattoos'. It was much busier in the days when the dog track was nearby and the Dunlop factory was full of employees earning good money.

In 1993 it was renamed the HOLLY BUSH. This evergreen shrub with its bright red berries, is now associated with Christmas decoration. Previously it was used by the Romans during the Saturnalia, the period of riotous celbrations extending over seven days, often ending in drunken debauchery. The Saturnalia was also celebrated in December.
Known Licensees are;
1929 - 1934 Phil Weston
1935 - 1936 John Bird
1937 - 1938 T. R. Kibler
1939 - 1940 J. B. Timerick
1965 Derek William Lloyd

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