England > West Midlands > Coventry
Theydon_Bois (870) Tourist Town (West), England | April 24, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on Wednesday 22/04/15 around 10.30pm.
Located inside a former church spire this small bar (think Euston Tap in terms of ground space) also has a roped off heated patio area outside seating 50 or so Iíd guess.
The interior still retains many of the old church features with wooden pews, hymn boards and the like dotted about.
Bottle only selection, around 50 or so, largely Belgian but offerings from around Europe and the US. As other have touched on, nothing rare but some solid picks. Thereís a guest bottle list to the right of the bar on a chalkboard.
Here I found a brand new Twisted Barrel beer that wasnít on RB.
Service was prompt and friendly. Got chatting to one of the guys who told me they have links to both Drapers Bar and Beer Gonzo.
The place was fair buzzing on our visit although everyone was packed into the outside patio so we bagged a table inside with no problems.
Solid bar in a great setting. Whilst the ardent ticker wonít pick up many winners here, if I could only come back to one of the five bars I visited on my Cov crawl, Inspire would most definitely be the one !
DruncanVeasey (31) NUNEATON, TOP, England | December 21, 2012| Updated December 28, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
A 4min stagger from the station/2min stagger from the registry office and nestled inside the ruins of one of Coventryís three iconic spires, a truly unique spot dedicated to your beery delectation. Decor ...well, churchy with bare flagstones, pews, carvings, candlelight and candelabra. Gazing heavenwards with a chalice in your hand you will be transported to another time and place. Probably in Belgium.
Couple of tables inside, well-heated patio outside- youíll struggle to get a pew or table indoors of a Friday/Saturday night when it fills with a youngish, Bohemian crowd, the DJ sets up and the spire reverberates with funky sounds from the turntable.
Not cheap but this is Cov, remember, and itís worth paying a small premium to exclude the scumbags (my hometown-Iím allowed to slag it off). Although having said that my penultimate visit was marred by a baying throng of Bluenoses too pissed to stand. But they were with me.
50ish odd tastefully-selected bottles sourced from Alexander Wines (the ownersí other Coventrian concern); Belgian favourites in requisite glassware, Nogne, Marble, Magic Rock, Revolutions, BBF- that kind of stuff. Nothing rare but all desirable and usually something new enough to guarantee a tick. No cask or keg as yet.
Passionate staff that know their onions. Let me have the place for nothing for my wedding reception which scores them a straight 10 from me for service. Actually, no...one minor nitpick: pouring sludge-bottomed BC English beers into pint glasses. Let me do that.
Essential, atmospheric stop if for any reason you find yourself in Coventry.
DanielBrown (295) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 22, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice place - lots of Belgian bottles, in a church spire location. Bar staff were friendly and although I didnít encounter anything particularly rare, it was nice to have access to such a selection of tried and trusted favourites.
d_a_goody (2) , England | March 21, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wide range of Belgian ales available, including most trappist beers. The selection of beers is updated monthly. The bar is in a church spire which gives it a great atmosphere. Live music on some evenings and beer tasting events on the first Wednesday of each month. Quite expensive and no draught beers, but it is a great place for bottled continental beers.
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