The Taylor family spent Sunday at home, the first time we’ve all been together under our own roof all day for 3 years.  It’s hellish being stuck in Cambridge, but Mrs RM and I had overdone it yesterday with BRAPA.

That’s not my camerawork, they are that blurred

Our longest family conversation today concerned Christmas meal plans.  Due to Mrs RM’s frenetic work schedule it seems we’re stuck at home on 25 December, rather than in a Bass pub in Volgograd.

I was really looking forward to my traditional Xmas curry, possibly in a town with at least five Beer Guide pub open on Christmas Day, but apparently we’re not going to Plymouth on a day trip.

The Tokyo Express van in central Coventry would do me. Perhaps they’ll deliver to Waterbeach.

Proper food

It was the highlight of my annual trip to Coventry to see how the city has transformed itself into a 21st century city. Or not.


View from a bridge, as Kim Wilde sang

Anyone who reads this blog will know I have an unusual affection for Cov, despite a centre rearranged by Luftwaffe and ’60s town planners.  Grief, it’s even a reliable place for Draught Bass.

Your Bass classic

It takes a certain effort to appreciate the stretch of concrete between IKEA and the “other” cathedral. But I try.

Why change perfection ?

The old and new cathedrals make one of our greatest sights side-by-side, and it was pleasing to see so many Japanese visitors admiring it on a grim Tuesday afternoon.

The old
Ecce Homo – 1972 prog album

Most of Cov was in the Flying Standard, of course.

All human life is there

The Golden Cross looked so good I wondered why I’d never been in, or why it had taken the only central pub not to make the Guide to break its duck.

Nice windows

This is the area that the Fodors or Rough Guide tells the intrepid visitor to head for, and it attracts the gentlefolk in the most gentlefolk-friendly part of Cov.


I’m obliged to show you a picture of the bar.


It’s OK, it’s OK, and the Church End mild was OK, if a little chilled for a chilly day (NBSS 2.5/3).

But it was nearly £4 a pint, there was no local flavour to the banter (you could have been in Stratford-on-Avon), and ALL the tables looked set for groups of four on a shopping trip from Leamington Spa.

But, Bass in the Town Wall Tavern apart, you don’t come to Cov for the beer.



18 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS CURRY IN COV

    1. Do you have the address for the Japanese curry caravan’s usual parking place please? I am intrigued by the mystery pumpkin dish. I expect we will be playing a Vauxhall Conference game there in three years, assuming they don’t get kicked out of their own city again. Poor bastards.

      Allam Out


  1. “Why change perfection ?”

    That’s a very Germanic design just above Lady Godiva News.

    “to break its duck.”

    Had to look that idiom up. 🙂

    “Nice windows”

    Even the alarms are classic. 😉

    “in the most gentlefolk-friendly part of Cov.”

    I’d even go as far as saying genteel. 🙂

    “But, Bass in the Town Wall Tavern apart, you don’t come to Cov for the beer.”

    According to the line above that, people come to shop. 😉


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  2. “But, Bass in the Town Wall Tavern apart, you don’t come to Cov for the beer.”
    Indeed, it wasn’t the beer that got me to Coventry nearly forty years ago but on those visits I used the Town Wall Tavern more than most other pubs there.

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    1. Clarification: You don’t come now, assuming you don’t go for the craft keg place in Far Gosford. Even 20 years ago you’d come for Bass, Ansells Mild, M&B etc in basic boozers off Spon End and Stoke. Gone now.


      1. For clarification I should add that I don’t get about as much since I got married.
        Nearly forty years ago the Town Wall Tavern had handpumped M&B Mild, Brew XI and Draught Bass.

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