Couple visiting every pub in UK describe Kenilworth as 'weird' with best pubs hidden away from town centre

By James Smith

10th Jun 2024 | Local News

Dale and Holly Harvey said The Ale Rooms was fantastic (image via Great British Pub Crawl)
Dale and Holly Harvey said The Ale Rooms was fantastic (image via Great British Pub Crawl)

A couple on a pub crawl mission around the country have said Kenilworth's best pubs are not in the town centre.

Dale and Holly Harvey of The Great British Pub Crawl, visited Kenilworth on Friday night (June 7) and have told punters to look further afield then Warwick Road if they are looking for a quality pint.

The Nottingham couple's aim is to visit every single English pub, a venture that has taken them to over 3,000 venues across 814 days so far.

The couple kicked off their evening with drinks at The Tiltyard before heading to The Engine which they described as "a beautiful little old pub with really low ceilings and that proper old school pub vibe about it".

"A few hand pulls on, good tap choices, dog friendly and decked out perfectly for the age and style of the pub," they added.

Next they headed to the Wyandotte Inn which is now under new ownership.

Jon and Theresa Sabin took over at the Wyandotte Inn at the end of January (image supplied)

Dale and Holly rated the new feel to the venue, describing it as a "lovely little corner street Marstons' pub".

"Lovely landlord and staff, Wainwright's as their hand pull option and some super tap options," they wrote.

"It's got a good mix of people in and was gearing up for the regular Friday night Karaoke... a really friendly little place."

This was followed by pubs 3,251, 3,252 and 3,253 on the pub crawl - the Copper House Club, the "absolutely beautiful" Royal Oak and The Cross.

"Up next and just three minutes walk was 'The Virgins & Castle' which is Kenilworth's oldest pub, dating back to 1563 and is currently under the Everards banner... and what is it I always tell you?" they said.

"Everards only have great pubs... and this one is another classic example of that!

"Plenty of ales on, some great looking food, a food beer garden and a pub that just makes you go 'wow' every time you turn a corner... 10/10"

The Virgins & Castle has been given top marks by the veteran pub crawlers (image supplied)

Next up was The Abbey Field which was criticised for charging £6.55 for a pint of Lilleys Cider.

Dale and Holly continued along High Street and along Castle Hill to take in the Clarendon Arms - another 10 out of 10 - followed by the Queen & Castle.

They then headed into the town centre to take in The Almanack, The Ale Rooms, The Lion and then The Kenilworth.

The night was then capped off at The Bear and Ragged staff.

Of Kenilworth itself, Dale and Holly said: "The town has far too many Greene King places that are all the same... same beers, same lack of ambition or idea when it comes to bringing people in later in the day.

"There are some really great pubs in Kenilworth, but there are some that are just floating by doing the bare minimum too.

"So, in all honesty, Kenilworth is a weird one...

"The town feels totally the wrong way round and with the exception of the fantastic 'Ale Rooms' there isn't anything else in the actual town centre bit that stands out and the rest of the best pubs are littered around the outskirts.

"So if you're gonna head to Kenilworth, we'd say make sure you don't just head straight for the centre as you'll miss a lot that's worth seeing!"

Keep up to date with their journey around the UK by following the Facebook page here.


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