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Nursery Tavern, Coventry

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user reviews of the Nursery Tavern, Coventry

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Bit of a timewarp pub from the 70s though not so bad for that. Not 70s prices though but the ale is drinkable.
Snarling_Mallard - 30 Jun 2018 00:30
Another backstreet pub in the Chapelfields area of the city. It has 3 small rooms that each have their own character. The landlord/barman didn't appear particularly cheerful. But the ale range was good - Otter Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Wickwar Shanakee Stout, Butcombe Bitter & Courage Best. Cider was Old Rosie. Quite a cosy place that is worth a visit if in the area.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Mar 2017 20:41
I was very interested to read Beer hunter's comments 15/9/12. I too had the same experience about 2 years ago when I saw the barman filling up my glass with slops. I told him that was not acceptable and to pull me a fresh one. He said he was told to do it by the management.
I reported this to the Council Public Health dept and they replied that they had visited the premises and told them to stop such practice.
Obviously this has not been heeded .I have never been back although I had been a regular until then.
Perhaps more people should take the same action as I did.
covman45 - 28 Sep 2012 21:25
Interesting to see that the other recent reviews have commented about the prices. I've not drunk in Coventry for some time so I had no idea about local pricing but thought 3.10 for a pint of Taylor's that was neither Golden nor Best seemed steep. Locals obviously think the same. 1.40 for a bag of scratchings was entering 'Aving a Larf territory as well. No wonder I was the only customer on a Saturday lunchtime.

Apart from that it was a nice enough backstreet boozer, a bit run down but I would imagine it to be friendly enough for an evening session. An expensive one, as it turns out.

djw - 22 Sep 2012 22:02
This pub has been going down hill for a couple of years, less people are using it so the price keeps going up. Last night and before I have seen beer from the slops tray being put into customers glasses. Another ploy to make more profit but very unhealthy, if you drink here make certain you stand at the bar so you can see your drink being poured, this can be difficult as some is from the other room so pick your place with care. Preferably at the end of the bar. My visits here are very numbered if this practice does not stop I will be off, don't think if you are a regular it won't happen to you because it did for my mates and me and I have been drinking here for over twenty years.
beer_hunter - 15 Sep 2012 11:21
This was a good pub now spoilt by persistent overpricing which has forced many a former regular to go elsewhere. When the Hearsall Inn in the next street offers just as wide a choice of real ales for a 1 a pint less it's a no brainer - unfortunately a once great pub is dying a slow death like so many more in Chapelfields.
bizley - 27 Apr 2012 13:52
I was in there last Sat and paid 3.40 for a pint of Old Hookey. I don't know who sets the prices here but whoever it is they are killing this pub off. The prices are extortionate for the area and I'm afraid I have now voted with my feet and will be going elsewhere. Its a crying shame.
ICTGringo - 1 Aug 2011 17:19
Until recently me and my brother were regular visitors to the Nursery Tavern. We had been going here for around 6-7 years. This is probably the best real ale pub in the Earlsdon/Chaplefields area.

Unfortunately we could no longer accept the ever increasing prices here and decided to drink at home instead...buying in real ales from the big supermarket chains and the internet. It's such a shame that quirky little pubs like this are pricing their customers out...
doombarlover - 28 Jul 2011 20:58
Me and my small group of friends have been drinking here regularly for over 8 years. As of last night however we have all agreed that the Nursery Tavern has finally priced us out of their pub. This is the now probably the most expensive pub in Coventry.

To add to our annoyance they recently introduced a Loyalty Card for regulars offering a 20p discount on every pint. Within a couple of weeks of introducing the card the price of beer went up by at least 20p a pint !

In conclusion: Its bad enough that they are selling beer at inflated prices; but the latest Loyalty Card offer is taking the pee out of their customers.
coggy - 23 Jul 2011 11:34
I agree this place is pricey, but for the now almost unique atmosphere I'd say it's worth it. Yes there are loads of pubs in the area, but this one is still the best.
catarm - 16 Jun 2010 18:26
This pub is now the most expensive in the area. My visits are not as frequent anymore. It won't be long before they price themselves out of ,what is a very competative market, for this area of the city.
ICTGringo - 17 Apr 2009 15:42
Fair choice of real ales & well kept beer, but I should hope so at the extortionate prices they charge! Pleasant enough on our visit last weekend, but we will not bother re-visiting at those prices.
LittleFamilyFish - 8 Apr 2009 12:39
Prices have gone up again, had my first 3 pint in Coventry. 3.15

Very overpriced, I will be moving pubs after over 20 years
beer_hunter - 25 Mar 2009 21:27
This pub is starting to feel a bit tired. The beer is good but the selecting is getting too predictable. Also not being a free house the prices are a bit steep! If something does not change soon I feel this pub will struggle in these hard times. There are up to six (I think) beers on all good as usual, and the Winter Festival was very good last year.
lotus - 23 Feb 2009 16:08
Was a regular when I was livin down the road.
I prefer the clientele to the Craven Arms. Friendly and that. Thing is, loads of handpumps, but not exactly a rotating selection, and the regulars, apart from maybe Golden best, are pretty poor major brewer stuff. Local Camra members in every night. Some staff I really got on with.
Overall, the other factors outshine the beer. The kind of place you'd want to be succeeding as a genuine freehouse with fewer fixed beers.
Dimple_mug - 6 Sep 2008 14:46
This has been a favourite of mine for years. Always a decent choice of real ales. You pay no more than most other pubs. Never any trouble...there's rarely any young punks here. Open all day. This pub is very rugby orientated. Watch out for the beer festivals.
tski - 10 Jun 2008 22:20
Not quite the real ale mecca that some make it out to be. Overpriced and very pleased with themselves.
spookyhead - 16 May 2008 21:47
Not sure what the hell is going on here anymore with the beer. To be fair I don't come in here as much as I used to a few years back so I don't know what the score is regarding who's in charge etc but the last couple of times I have been in my pints have been pretty woeful to say the least. The pub still retains a pleasant atmosphere though so this drop in beer quality is unfortunate in the extreme. I used to sing this place's praises big-time and could comfortably say it was one of my top 3 pubs in Coventry but unfortunately that is no longer the case. A great shame.
cardinalChunder - 23 Sep 2007 23:34
the mistake you CAMRA types are making is of form over content. yes it looks the part, but:

if a dog is born in a stables, does that make it a horse?

ps: why does this site insist on censoring my honest and well put comments. I dont just criticise, i sing the praises when its deserved. stop your fascist censorship of me!
BolshevikBoozer - 15 Aug 2007 13:22
I have noted the two comments below with regards to using the slops and beer past its sell by date and have been 'monitoring' this pubs performance since. I can honestly say that I have not come across any of these problems with this pub. It continues, in my opinion, to sell quality real ale's and is a worthy entry in the GBG 2007.
ICTGringo - 12 Jun 2007 15:35
Visited on a recent crawl and had no problem with the quality of the beer or choice. Enjoyed looking round the pub, and was shown the other rooms and outside area for festivals. Would appear to be a drinkers pub.
gillhalfpint - 13 Apr 2007 11:03
i agree Bolshi.This pub has been doing downhill for a few months.The beer is poorly looked after ,making it flat and uninteresting.The prices are high and the quality is low.They have now taken to using the drip tray slops in your pint if you are not watching.i told them and got a fresh one.What amazes me is that the local CAMRA brigade still flock here and sing its praises. Why?
covman2003 - 20 Feb 2007 20:18
if you like your beer flat, crap, past its sell by date, done on the cheap and generally shameful, come here. its one of those pubs i occasionally go to thinking "they must have a good pint on by now, its supposed to be a drinkers pub...?" but no, it is always crap. i am from cov and that brummie wouldn't have a clue about real ale.
BeerBolshevik - 18 Jan 2007 13:54
Quality pub with quality ale's. Gets a bit smokey at times which spoils it somewhat. Very popular with the Rugby fans and can get crowded when Coventry are at home in the nearby Butts Stadium. I've not tried their food but the Sunday lunches do look good value for money. I would recommend this pub to anyone visiting Coventry.
ICTGringo - 31 Dec 2006 10:35
This pub outshines the competition by far, craven arms? and the beer engine?, there are at least 6 other pubs within walking distance, pass them all by and pop in here, a drinkers pub clean old, genuine, bigger than you think, in the middle of a residential estate next to houses, a CAMRA pub for me, not to be missed when in cov,If you support rugby then there is nowhere else to be. Dissapointed that out of 10 guest ales advertised only 4 where available, But WOW all good.
crseel - 29 Aug 2006 10:26
A most excellent session here last night.I popped in planning to have one or two pints and head off to the Malt Shovel. The beer was so good and the locals so friendly that I stopped the rest of the night and left five pints later at closing time.

Wye Valley Bitter and Kelham Island Pale Rider were on good form, and the pub was lively yet cosy and welcoming. A real down-to-earth pub for real people, all ages and all walks of life all drinking in harmony side by side. I felt very relaxed in the pub as it seemed the sort of place that anyone can talk to anyone about anything without the worry of offending someone. DON'T change this pub in any way - leave it just as it is for my next visit!

The pub,like many others in the area has extended its opening hours, now serving to 12 midnight with kick-out time 0030 on a Friday night.

The original 7/10 I gave the pub a few years ago is way out-of-date: 10/10 awarded.


lad_newton - 26 Nov 2005 13:18
no brummie i am a midlands ale quaffer of many years standing.who told you beer should be warm??I was referring to the quality of the product and how it is kept not to generalisations which you seem to deal in.
covman2003 - 17 Nov 2005 19:34
Well covman2003 must be a southern shandy drinking lager boy. Does he not know proper beer is supposed to warm and flat. I always seem to find a great pint in a proper drinkers pub
brummiealchy - 7 Nov 2005 20:34
well chris i agree about the quantity but quality???
every pint of ale seems to be flat & very often "hazy" (as the barmaid is fond of saying).


covman2003 - 11 Feb 2005 17:00
The nearest thing to heaven outside Ma Pardoe's!
Excellent selection, quality and festies.
Good sports-orientated clientele and atmosphere also, so often a superb venue on a on a Saturday!
Chris - 24 Jun 2004 00:03
Fantastic local pub - excellent selection of guest ales and cider. Very friendly atmos, plenty of activities for regulars such as dominos and quiz nights. Hold's it's own mini beer festivals a few time a year which are always worth a visit. Pleasent beer garden out the back which is great this time of year.
Sal - 11 Jun 2004 15:49
Quality of the beers is going down hill,need to sort them out out quickly. Its quality that counts not a huge selection!
pete - 27 Jan 2004 17:10
VERY smokey because the fans dont work or are not swtched on.QUALITY of guest beers is variable.
pete - 18 Jan 2004 10:53
I have been woking in this pub for 7 months.All nice people.
Maybe not the best pub for first time outsider, but it is the best pub if you turn to be insider.
lipei gu,lee - GULIPEI@SCN.COM.CN - 8 Dec 2003 06:19
I visited this pub again on 29/10/2003. This is a quiet local with a cosy atmosphere created by a carpeted floor and upholstered bench seating. Two drinking areas are sereved by one bar.

Up to six beers on handpump: Deuchars IPA was very good on my visit. A real cider is usually available (I saw Biddenden). No food. No loud music. Note the framed collection of Wills' cigarette cards and the UV-illuminated seascape against which two wooden model ships proudly sail.

This is a down-to-earth boozer in which most people I saw on my visit drank ale. A good place to relax over the papers or a crossword, etc.

A good pub all in all, may be a bit out of the way, but definitely worth a visit.
lad_newton - 31 Oct 2003 19:40
I have visited this pub on one or two occasions in the last 3 years. There is usually a good range of beers on here, and the pub is cosy and intimate, but I have found it slightly on the quiet and insular side when compared to, say, the Malt Shovel, Town Wall Tavern and the Windmill, so I am *PARTIALLY* agreeing with Alan Reid on this, but I can only speak as I found, and that is that the staff were quite friendly and the beer quite good. I am visiting Cov again later this month and may well give the pub a try - so readers, watch out for an update. I am rating the pub with a provisional "6/10" but may well be inclined to raise it once re-acquainted with the pub!
lad_newton - 14 Oct 2003 18:42
Far too 'in' to be a good inn.
Not welcoming for outsiders.
Alan Reid - Disabledjourno@aol.com - 11 Oct 2003 19:00
A real pub with constantly changing real ales and beer festivals during the year. Community spirited with trips arranged to all kinds of events. Formula One club and big Rugby Union following.
Andrew Carter - 26 Sep 2003 17:10

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