Solihull and District

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub History

It's a sad fact that over the years many fine old pubs - some with centuries of history - have disappeared in the name of progress. Even when the developers are not involved, new owners often change the names (and the character) of their establishments.

See also Solihull CAMRA Archive for vintage pub guides covering the West Midlands area.

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History of Solihull District Pubs

The following is a brief history of Solihull district pubs based on their current name. For pubs that are no longer open see Pub History - Closed Pubs. Also Old Pub Name Index provides a cross reference of the pub names.

Beech House

A pub has been on this site since the 18th century, the current building dates back to the 1930's. Originally called the Golden Lion in then became BAR CO (2001 to 2004), The TOWN HOUSE, The Lazy Cow and has now been renamed The Beech House (May 2016).

The Boot, Lapworth

The Boot was established in 1785 (possibly earlier) on the Warwick Turnpick (now the Old Warwick Road). The pub opened several years before the Canal and the nearby locks were built. In 1927 the pub was bought by Flower and Son's a Stratford-on-Avon brewery. Flower's became part of Whitbread in 1961 and the brewery was eventually closed in 1968.

The Damson, Damsonwood

A modern pub on the Damsonwood estate. Originally called The Golden Acres, it has gone through a number of name changes including The Acres.

Drum and Monkey, Bentley Heath

Originally the White Lion in 1861, the pub currently on this site is called the DRUM & MONKEY. The most likely explanation for the new name relates to the blasting powder carriers working on the construction of the nearby railway - the powder monkeys. The drum presumably refers to the receptacle the powder was stored in.

Drum & Monkey

Esabella's Bar & Restaurant, Solihull

A former shop which opened as JACK BARROW'S BAR & GRILL in 1996. Became the PITCHER & PIANO in 1999, but has been the METRO BAR & GRILL since 2004. It was renamed the MET Bar & Kitchen in 2015. It closed in 2017. After extensive refurbishment it reopened as Esabella's Bar and Restaurant.

The Farm, Monkspath

A grade 2 listed building consisting of a farmhouse and a larger Barn. Parts apparently dating from 1691. It was converted to the Shelley Farm pub by Ansells. In about 2012 (?) it became part of the Loverly Pub group and was renamed the Farm.

Fieldhouse, Monkspath

A modern pub which originally was called Chequers. It became Fieldhouse following a extensive refurbishment.

Greswolde Arms Hotel, Knowle

A former coaching inn dating back to the 18th Century. Became the MERMAID & GRESWOLDE ARMS by 1828 when it was owned by Henry Greswolde Lewis, joint Lord of the Manor with his cousin Jane Anne Eleanor WILSON. About 1868 it was shortened to just the GRESWOLDE ARMS, later becoming the GRESWOLDE ARMS HOTEL before being changed to the GRESWOLDE HOTEL & BRASSERIE Greswolde Arms Hotel following a major refurbishment in 2004.

Harvester, Monkpath

Originally called the Crown it was knocked down in the 1980's for Stratford Road widening and replaced by JEFFERSONS. In 2006 it was bought by the Harvester chain and called the Havester Monkspath Orleans Smokehouse. It closed at the end of 2023 for a major refurbishment and will reopen as the New Orleans Smokehouse.

The Lion

The Lion opened on 15th December 2021 after a major refurbishment. It was previously named The Red Lion Lion

Hobs Meadow, Olton

Originally called the Viking. It changed its name to the HOBS MEADOW in 1990. Hobs Meadow.

KING'S ARMS Heronfield

Originally the BLUE BOAR, it had been renamed the KING'S ARMS by 1874, then was officially called the CAT IN THE WINDOW in 1959, although this had been it's nickname for some time. Later renamed the BRIDGEWATER HOTEL, and then the HERONS NEST in 1998. It reverted to the King's Arms in 2014

Observant road users will know that the bridge over the canal is still called the King's Arms Bridge.

Miller and Carter, Dickens Heath

Originally named THREE MAYPOLES, it was built in 1938 on the site of large house known as the Cider Mill, which was demolished in 1935. Later renamed the PICKWICK, and then the CHESWICK GREEN INN in 1996 and then converted to a Miller and Carter steak house. Miller & Carter

OLTON Tavern Lode Lane, Olton

Originally known as the OLTON Hall, it became the NEWPORT DINER in 1983. For a time between 1987 & 1989 it was also called the BALTIMORE DINER. It was renamed the Olton Tavern following a refurbishment in 2015

O'Neills, Solihull

It was originally named the Limerick Castle before being renamed the Barley Mow. It is now O'Neills


Originally known as the Railway Tavern when it opened in the 1850s with the arrival of the railways and the opening of Dorridge Station (originally named Knowle station) in 1852. Mitchell's and Butler's took a lease on the premises in April 1900. The original licence only covered the sale of beer and wine and the pub did not gain a full licence until 1960. In July 1915 Thomas Watson took over as tenant. He was followed by other members of the family -Eric and Joe - over 105 years in the same family which will finally end in 2021. Railway

RED LION, Claverdon

Originally called the Lion it was subsequently renamed the Red Lion

RED LION, Knowle

Known as the RED LION for most of it's 600 year history, but was known as the Felon and Firkin from 1995 to 2001 when it was part of the Firkin chain of pubs.

Red Lion

Tap and Tandoor

A town centre pub serving indian food and craft beer. No real Ale. It was orginally the Sadlers.

TOM O'THE WOOD, Rowington

This pub dates back to the 17th Century when it was named TOM O'THE WOOD after a local corn mill. A change in image resulted in it becoming THE WOOD AT ROWINGTON in 2005. However by the end of 2006, common sense had prevailed and the new owners restored the original name Tom o'the Wood


Originally called the OLD ROYAL OAK (although it is shown as Royal Oak on the 1938 Ordinance Survey map) it changed its name to the Warwickshire Lad only to change back to the OLD ROYAL OAK in 1992. The name has now changed back to Warwickshire Lad

Wharf Tavern, Hockley Heath

Originally called the White Lion it was renamed Wharf Tavern.

Wilson Arms, Knowle

Originally called RISING SUN its history can be traced back to about 1560. it was renamed the WILSON ARMS in 1839. The change in name was probably in honour of Jane Anne Eleanor Wilson, the joint Lord of the Manor with her cousin Henry Greswolde Lewis who owned the nearby GRESWOLDE ARMS. Wilson Arms

Winged Spur, Ullenhall

Originally called CATHERLOUGH ARMS, it became the SPUR in the 1870's and is now called the Winged Spur. It reopened in 2017 after an extensive refurbishment. It has not reopened following the COVID lockdown. It is now owned by Good Host Group who operate the Tardebigge in Redditch although no date has been published for the reopening. For a detailed history see


Originally the Solihull Yates bar was in Station road before it closed. The current Yates in Poplar road opened in July 2017. It was originally The Assembly Rooms which was a Wetherspoons' Lloyds No 1 bar before being bought by Stonegate and converted to Yates in June 2017. The building was formerly the Solihull Council House.. It is currently closed.