I suspect that it is not common for the Midlands city of Coventry to be compared with Durham, that majestic northern city of Prince Bishops. But in the same way that the best boozer in Durham (the Victoria inn) is largely ignored by the student population so to it appeared was the excellent Whitefriars Old Ale House in Coventry.
The streets around were thronged with students from the nearby Coventry University, the other pubs nearby, those with £1 for a pint of fizzy lager special and all you can eat curly fries, were similarly busy. The Whitefriars rose above such nonsense and simply delivered cracking ale in an excellent pub complete with an open fire that was most welcome on a bloody cold day.
Coventry had not started well. The Good Beer Guide took me first to the Enterprise – if a pub like this can get into the GBG then it suggests that this really isn’t a real ale town. But the next pub saved the day and if the students discovered it then it would surely enhance their time in the town as it did mine.