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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 Royal Hotel


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NAME ROYAL HOTEL
ALSO KNOWN AS BEERHOUSE LITTLE HEATH, SMITH, 1845, Previously HELP ME THROUGH THE WORLD.
ADDRESS 314 OLD CHURCH ROAD

This name is a simple statement of loyalty to the monarchy.

Before 1859 this was the HELP ME THROUGH THE WORLD. In that year the bench refused the license of Johnathan Smith for the ROYAL HOTEL

This is a large old-fashioned pub with many small rooms. It was the site of Spencer's Rock Brewery until 1912. It has a complete set of Phillips & Marrriotts windows.

In March 2013, twin brothers Jason and Kevin Keenan bought the lease from Punch Taverns and spent £126,000 revamping the 200 year old pub saving it from closure. The pub, closely associated with the former Courtaulds factory nearby features pictures on the wall of prominent local figures from down the years. See more here

Known Licensees are;
1859 - 1861 Johnathan Smith beerhouse keeper & maltster
1868 Charlotte Archer
1868 Jessie Goode
1874 - 1892 Michael Spencer (Holmes) & brewer & yeast dealer
1894 Samuel Hadden
1910 Thomas Kelly
1912 Thomas George Pritchard
1924 Harry Greaves
1929 - 1932 A. Buckland
1933 - 1940 H. Perkin
1982 Ernie Rigby
2013 Jason and Kevin Keenan
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