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Whitefriars Olde Alehouse, Coventry Central, Coventry

114-115 Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5DL
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Whitefriars Olde Alehouse

I really quite enjoyed my previous visit some seven years ago, but certainly not this time... It was cold (with a back door inexplicably propped partly open), initially deserted and only four of nine handpumps in operation on a Sunday evening - meaning that the choice was just Doom Bar, Brentwood Maple Leaf Mild, Twisted Ale Rider (£3.00) and a cider. On the plus side, the interesting old interior didn't seem to have changed one bit. Rating reduced by a couple of notches, but I may just have caught it on a particularly bad day so I will doubtless give it another go at some stage.

On 12th March 2016 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about Whitefriars Olde Alehouse

This is a very old building as is obvious from both inside and out. As noted below it stands out in a street full of more modern buildings most with a connection of some sort to Coventry University. I turned up here early on a Thursday afternoon to find it fairly quiet, presumably the students were all at lectures or still in bed. It's basically one long room with the bar area in the middle and the bar itself to the right, a snug to the immediate right as you enter and a more modern looking extension at the rear leading to a patio. There is an assortment of benches tables and chairs with a fair bit of standing room around the bar. There was no sign of a TV or posters advertising boring sports.
I failed to spot an entrance to upstairs so assume it was closed. I took a seat in the bar area and noticed that some of the beams in this area are so old they look as though they are rotten.
The bar has nine hand pumps four devoted to cider but with one unused. The five beers on included no mainstream rubbish and were mostly Locale. They were Acorn Barnsley Bitter, Lionheart Dark Ruby, Slaughterhouse Stout Snout & Pacific Pale and a Three Tuns beer that I can't identify. I went for the Dark Ruby and Pacific Pale both of which were faultless and good value at £3.00 reduced to £2.80 with the CAMRA discount.
I thought this place was superb and the only thing stopping me giving it a 10 is the thought of it being rammed with raucous students so it's a very strong 9.

On 14th October 2015 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about Whitefriars Olde Ale House

The myriad attributes of this stunning historic building are well described below and I can add little other than to say it is remarkably atmospheric place for a pint.
Being located so close to the university, students inevitably make up a fair proportion of the customers and it does have something of the feel of a civilised students union. On our visit there was a guitar playing barman, a folk band practising in one of the upstairs rooms with a backgammon evening taking place in another and the room downstairs with the fireplace was full of student types playing dungeons and dragons. Not quite like walking into the Young Ones house but not far off. It was also chilly with just the odd fan heater around the place and the fire not lit. It is a big space which I'm sure is plenty warm enough on a busy weekend evening but it takes a lot of bodies to fill the pub.
Beer: The advantage of the student custom is plenty of ale turnover and there were 9 beers offered across a range of styles, although nothing strong. A good start but we didn't manage to find one beer which tempted us into a second which made me wonder if the beers are selected more on price than quality. All we tried was in good nick though.
The list on our visit was: Doom Bar, Ilkley Gold, Green Duck Drunken Duck, Tring Old Icknield Gold and Colly Dog, Mighty Oak Dry Bones, Warwickshire Beer Co Moustache Beer, Goffs Camelot and Blue Bear Morning Glory.
The Whitefriars is certainly a 'must visit' pub if in Coventry on the basis of the building alone but whilst I'd always put my head around the door, it wouldn't be in the expectation of a long session sampling various beers or even staying for one.

On 13th November 2012 - rating: 7
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