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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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Its January again so we are doing a walk that has become a tradition with our survey of all of Coventry’s Good Beer Guide pubs in one day on public transport. Those of us that do not already have a geriatric’s bus pass need to purchase a Coventry Regional Daysaver ticket, which will cover all of our travelling. This year we have No.1 THE HARE & HOUNDS in Keresley to visit again, so this will be our first port of call. We meet at Pool Meadow at 11.30am and catch the 11.48am No 36 bus to Keresley which arrives at 12:10pm.
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The Hare and Hounds at Keresley. Photo © David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
After this we have the problem of crossing the north of the city to Hawkesbury. Travelling via Bedworth may be the best bet. We catch the 12.50pm No 55 from Keresley Library on Bennetts Road. This arrives at Bedworth at 13.09pm, where we can catch any of the busses that travel along the Coventry Road to alight at Black Horse Lane and walk down to No.2 THE GREYHOUND, although bear in mind that we got a lift between the two pubs last year !
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The Greyhound Inn at Sutton Stop (above) and its bar (below)
The Greyhound, Hawkesbury Junction Grade II listed pub in an idyllic location by this busy canal junction where the Oxford Canal meets the Coventry Canal. The aesthetics of the area are somewhat spoiled, however, by being dominated by electricity pylons.
From the Greyhound we have another little walk to catch the 30C bus at Anderton Road in the opposite direction to that of previous years. This takes us to Lentons Lane / Shilton Lane for No.3 THE BOAT, but be aware that it only runs every hour.
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The Boat Inn, Shilton Lane, Walsgrave
Then we walk down to Riley Square for the 10, which does run every 15 minutes and takes us to Barras Heath for No.4 THE ROSE & WOODBINE.
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The Rose and Woodbine

After this we catch the No.10 bus again from Barras Heath to Far Gosford Street and the pubs start coming a bit faster as we visit No.5 WHITEFRIARS, No.6 THE FLYING STANDARD, No.7 THE TOWN WALL TAVERN, No.8 THE GATE HOUSE TAVERN and No.9 THE OLD WINDMILL

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Whitefriars Olde Ale House, Gosford Street
The Whitefriars It describes itself as an old alehouse, and it certainly looks old. Comprising two buildings which have long been combined into a single use as a Butchers Shop from 1850 until its closure in 1976. Poorly maintained and fire damaged, their future had become perilous, the structure was weak and had collapsed in several places. The building has been painstakingly renovated and refurbished to as near as original as possible. The premises was reopened as Whitefriars Olde Ale House on on 13th December 2000.
Wetherspoons "The Flying Standard"
The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls the motor car, Flying Standard, part of a range of models made in Coventry, from 1903 until the 1960s.
The Town Wall Tavern
Town Wall Tavern, Bond Street A long established public house located on or near the site of Coventry's town wall, behind Corporation Street. The Town Wall has traditionally been a haven for thespians, journalists and rugby lovers. Not that too many Coventry prop forwards, past or present, could fit into one of the country's most intimate snugs. Now named The "Donkey Box" the former "Ladies Bar" measures 7ft 8in by 5ft 5in: standing room only, apart from two high stools.
The Old Windmill, Spon Street
The Old Windmill, Coventry This 16th century pub was one of the few buildings to survive the blitz in central Coventry; it is a gem both internally and externally. It stands in its original location on Spon Street, described on tourist signs as 'medieval Spon Street'

Spon Street was once a major thoroughfare leading westward to Birmingham until the turnpike Holyhead Road was created. However it continued to take heavy traffic until the ring road cut it in half in the 1960s. Many of its timber framed buildings had survived 1930s redevelopment clearances, wartime bombing and post-war redevelopment, unlike those in other areas of the city centre. In 1969 it was decided to create a conservation area and preserve other surviving timber framed buildings by moving them here and restore the existing buildings. The numbering of Spon Street is unusually consecutive, rather than odd on the left, even on the right.
The Gatehouse Tavern

Then we walk to Queen Victoria Road to catch the No.19 bus into Earlsdon where we start the final stretch with the No.10 THE ROYAL OAK and No.11 THE CITY ARMS followed by No.12 THE CRAVEN ARMS, No.13 THE HEARSALL and finishing at No.14 THE NURSERY

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The City Arms, Earlsdon

The current City Arms only dates from 1931, but the pubs history goes back much further, to 1852 when two corner building plots were bought from the Freehold Land Society by a Thomas Dylke, a Coventry watchmaker for £55 5s 0d each. Seeing the newly developed Earlsdon then without a pub and obviously in need of one, he lost no time in getting a house built which he named the City Arms, installed a bar and the necessary stock and opened for business.

In 1931 the old building was demolished and replaced by the mock-Tudor building with prints in almost every room depicting Shakespeare plays. In the 1990s the City Arms was taken over by Weatherspoons and underwent a major refurbishment to knock the smaller bars into the single large drinking area we see today.

The Royal Oak, Earlsdon
The Royal Oak stands in prime position on the corner of Earlsdon Street and Moor Street. Externally it has changed little since the day it was opened in 1859.
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The Hearsall inn, Chapelfields
The Nursery Tavern, Chapelfields presumably derives its name from Weare's Nursery, the immediate former occupier of the land upon which Chapelfields was built.
The Craven Arms, Chapelfields
The Craven Arms was opened in 1874 on Craven Street in Chapelfields, a district of Coventry close to Hearsall Common. The land itself was a charitable donation by a Sir Thomas White, whose name is preserved on a neighbouring connecting street.
That’s all 14 pubs. I haven’t included any times after the start as things tend to get a little looser as the day progresses. I shall try to remember to take my mobile so that people can join or leave us at any time. I wonder who will be in at the finish this year?
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