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Gatehouse Tavern, Coventry

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The Gatehouse was much quieter than the other city centre pubs. But this was much appreciated. It's a pub where the clientele are clearly heavily into rugby. It's a bit dark inside and there were a few characters in. But the ale range was fairly decent. Bass is the regular ale. Guests were Church End Stocking Filler, Slater's 1 Hop, Nobby's Holdings, Wadsworth 6X & Hook Norton Old Hooky. The real cider was Saxby's Traditional. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 24 Dec 2018 18:11
Large ceiling sports bar - with the volume on a touch too loud. For darts, at least.

All the furniture is around the outside, leaving a barren space in the middle. Tv mounted above the door, so on entrance and if you sit under it, you feel that everyone is staring at you.

The bass was in perfect condition, alongside several other hand pulls.

Looked like it was staffed by enthusiasts who love their job. Always a good sign.

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Mappiman - 1 Oct 2018 13:48
Disappointed. Beer range OK. Big focus on the outside garden when I visited Saturday, with a BBQ, probably why.
Wilson_MacDonald - 7 May 2018 12:52
Visited on Saturday evening - pretty quite - six ales on as stated in previous post. The most local brew was from Church End which I think is Shropshire had two pints of this - it was decent enough and well kept.
kernott1 - 8 Sep 2014 08:35
Well worth a visit , had 6 ales on when I called in . The three I had were all of good quality and not over priced , they even run a loyalty card to save even more . This is a free house so the beers are regularly changing . Nice in the summer to sit outside in the biggest pub garden in town .
lotus - 20 Nov 2013 10:53
Close by Spon Street and to my mind better than pubs along that drag. Its origin as a factory gatehouse is quite obvious and makes for a spacious interior. Beer range above average and quality good
Arctium_lappa - 18 Feb 2013 00:42
Okay kind of pub. Had a reasonable pint of abeer called Tank.
anonymous - 18 Jan 2013 17:27
The Spon Street area of Coventry is a curious ensemble, consisting as it does of the buildings which escaped the attentions of the Luftwaffe all gathered together in one place on the western edge of the city centre. I regretted that time allowed us only to visit the Gatehouse and a good boozer it is too, with a great selection of real ales (the local Coventry Bitter was heralded as a session beer) and uber-friendly service behind the bar. Well worth a visit.
BoehmBawerk - 22 Dec 2012 20:53
Old Rosie 3.80 a pint! That is taking the micky. Nice pub but I shan't be back in s hurry. T
DoctorWu - 7 Apr 2012 15:32
A little bit disappointed with this one. On the upside, a good pint of Purity Mad Goose and friendly bar staff. On the downside, it was hard to get to the bar and the whole place was dominated by enormous TV screens showing the footie. Fine if you like that sort of thing, but I was hoping for somewhere a bit more comfortable (which I eventually found in the Old Windmill).
paul154 - 9 Jan 2012 15:45
Me and two mates visited the pub prior to the Cov v West Ham game... what a superb real ale pub... there was a selection of 6 real ales from all over the UK including BASS cask, Healey 3000 and 4 others that I cant remember !! most were well kept apart from the Healy which was a bit ropey....

The pub was empty when I arrived but was full of morris, irish and hamish dancers within an hour.... some dancing festival I assume. The food looked and smelt great... there is a superb beer garden and overall this pub is defo worth a visit when in the town. The bar staff on the whole were great and when I had eventually broke through the veneer of the "ice maiden" barmaid she ordered us a taxi to the ground and was really helpfull...

if you are an away fan reading this, great place to meet and get a cap to the ground.... as for getting back... good luck !! its miles away...
Enigma35 - 22 Nov 2011 23:11
A group of us visited this place before the recent Coventry v Reading game and found it very good indeed. It was a nice day so we sat on the patio and enjoyed a good selection of local real ales and very large and well-filled rolls - all at reasonable prices. The TV was on for football and the landlord even orderd taxis for us to get to the game (it is a long way from the ground so allow a good half-hour at least). Well worth a visit and a recommend pub.
mcroyal - 6 May 2011 00:49
Good pub; nice company; food ok; beer very good.
topman40 - 29 Apr 2011 16:15
Very nice pub just a stones throw from the City Centre. Locals who were there watching the World Cup on the large TV were welcoming, and later I sat in the beer garden which was pleasant.
Five real ales were on offer, my only gripe being that four were mainstream, the only micro brewery being a beer on offer from Crouch End.
The pub has a nice atmosphere, and can be recommended - Give it a try
SouthYorkshireman - 4 Jul 2010 22:23
Although this is a single-bar pub, the room is quite lofty and so one doesn't feel too hemmed in.It has quite a sporty theme, with rugby predominating it would seem. The Church End Hoptwist that was on last night was superb.My one gripe is that there aren't many seats - even for the size of the place I'm sure it could accommodate a few more, but perhaps there is a fire safety reason for this.Although clearly a "regulars" pub, as someone from out of town I was made very welcome. Oh, and the scratchings were some of the best I've tasted in a long while.
Ordinary - 14 May 2009 21:38
Well worth a visit, largest outdoor garden in the city. Five real ales on now, Bass seems a regular, with four local brewery beers changing. Owner very friendly and helpful. Has a very good range of food. Has sport on the tv, and a large rugby following so all matches on live!
lotus - 23 Feb 2009 15:58
Small one roomed pub just a couple of minutes walk from the city centre. Four real ales available - 2 regular & 2 guest. Real cider and Belgian bottles also available. Excellent value lunchtime snacks - the doorstep buttys are huge & could even be free if you draw the right card! Big screen sports dominate when on but quiet and relaxed the rest of the time. Outdoor garden area pleasant in Summer. Regular good beer guide entry.
LittleFamilyFish - 12 Dec 2008 13:34
Definitely worth a visit. They usually have at least one Church End beers on tap. Usually a pretty friendly pub.
spookyhead - 16 May 2008 21:44
A bit of a hidden gem this one. Small but friendly, beer ok too.
hawkwinder - 21 Jan 2008 03:29
I go on a regular basis to this pub, usually after an orchestral rehearsal with a few other players and occasionally for speedway on the big screen.
The staff are friendly and the beer is very good and the red wine is the cheapest I have found anywhere. The food is very good too tho not always on at night, if this changes I will let you know.
overall a good place to relax and socalise and enjoy a good pint of proper beer, tho they do cater for larger drinkers too.

Missrhythm - 19 Sep 2007 16:05
Enjoyed my visit to this town pub. There was a sports screen but there was a nice area outside for those not interested in the sport. Enjoyed my half in this friendly local.
gillhalfpint - 13 Apr 2007 11:11
A very friendly pub with good real ales and food (lunchtimes).

A magnet for rugby enthusiasts, who flock to watch the game on the big screen.
anonymous - 4 Sep 2006 09:24
A boisterous friendly atmosphere in this rugby-orientated pub last Friday. I enjoyed a pint of one of the Church End beers, and would go back to the pub tomorrow if I lived in Coventry.

The two middle-aged guys behind the bar are very friendly, and so are the locals. Food is advertised all over the pub, but seems to be only available at lunchtimes (in the evening try Bar Eden, nearby).

A good pub all in all, and definitely worth a visit.
lad_newton - 8 Nov 2004 17:40
great pub am a local regually go. well recommended if you like rugby. close to highfeild road. nice friendly atmosphere
gareth knights - 19 Oct 2004 09:51
A relatively new pub rebuilt from the remains of a former mill gatehouse.The building now features stained glass windows depicting the six nations rugby teams which rather tells you what the landllord's passion is! Has a nice garden area which is unusual in the city centre. Good food and a good choice of beer often including a local Church End brew. Very close to the Belgrade Theatre.

tel 024 76630140
Andrew - 27 Sep 2004 18:04

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