“ Address: Coombe Fields Road / Ansty / Coventry CV7 9JP / Tel: 0870 990 6472 „
This pub has changed it's name so many times, originally the Sparrow way back it was a small hotel with the hotel part upstairs and the restaurant pub downstairs.
Since then it has had the upstairs converted into more restaurant space and the hotel is now round the back. The restaurant is part of the Brewers Fayre chain and the hotel is part of the premier inns.
I have been many times just for an evening drink, not to eat, it's lovely and spacious and has comfortable arm chair seating with televisions and a snooker/pool table. This area is not huge but it's not extremely busy which is nice as it's a nice quite place to go out and sit for an evening drink. I like to have hot chocolate or coffee with my friend and a good natter! Because it's a hotel as well there are often guests in there too and it's often open quite late.
The restaurant is very popular and at weekends it can be quite busy, Mothers day a couple of years ago was really busy and I notice they're doing the same deal this year, mum's go free!! fab, it didn't matter how many mum's were in the group either.
The restaurant has a massive area, there's downstairs and upstairs. The menu is good there is plenty of choice, there are a range of starters from prawn cocktail, soup, mushrooms to cheese bites. The prices range from approx £4.
The main menu has a range of meals from pub classics including chicken, sausage and mash, steak and ale pie and lasagna. There is a grills range including rump steaks, gammon steaks, mixed grill and BBQ spare ribs. A fish menu including fish and chips and scampi. prices range from £7 to £13 approx.
Light snacks are also available Monday to Friday during the day.
Deserts include Belgian banoffee waffle, fudge cake, ice cream, proffiteroles and caramel apple crumble (this is my favourite and lovely with cream) Again prices range from £3 approx.
All prices are depending on offers that are on as there are often special evenings and offers on certain nights. Some of these include; 2 meals for £10 Monday to Friday 12noon till 6.30pm and 2 puddings for £2 Monday to Friday 12noon till 6.30pm. so for £12 you could have 2 main meals and 2 puddings - excellent value.
There is a huge car park plenty big enough, also in the evening late there is a barrier which comes up so that no one can come in but guests are let out by pressing the button or the security raise the barrier, this makes evenings feel quite safe.
I have always found the staff very helpful and friendly, drinks are often brought over to us if they're not busy and they are very chatty.
If you want to book a larger table then often they will accomodate that either in the conservatory type area or upstairs which is excellent as it's not too over crowded.
A great place, not too crowded not too busy but enough to feel friendly, warm and welcoming. Have marked it down one because at times when it has been extremely busy such as mothers day, the staff can seem a bit frazzled but then who wouldn't!!
The Sparrow is part of the Brewers Fayre chain of pubs and restaurants and is situated on Coombe Fields Road, Ansty, Coventry, West Midlands.
We visited this pub as we were staying at adjacent Premier Inn. In fact I chose this particular Premier Inn due to the facilities that the pub offered!
The pub is situated down a country lane with pleasant surroundings directly opposite open fields. The motorway is approximately half a mile away and can be seen in the distance but during our visit we were not troubled by traffic noise.
When we arrived at our destination we were told that The Sparrow served food until 10pm - it was just after 9.30pm, so after throwing our bags in our room headed for the pub - we were starving!
The pub can be accessed via the Premier Inn by external doors.
Once inside the pub is bright and welcoming, very well lit with excellent decor.
I noted how remarkably clean, tidy and uncluttered it was.
It wasn't overly busy, just busy enough to create an atmosphere. The staff attended to us immediately and were most helpful in bringing and setting up the brand new high chair for my 8 month old. They were extremely attentive and friendly - asking about the purpose of our visit etc and seemed genuinely interested.
Menus were provided and we were left to make our choices.
My 7 year old son opted for a pizza - two toppings, unfortunately he only liked the ham so double ham it was!
I chose the prawn cocktail to start followed by a bacon and cheese burger with chips, whilst my vegetarian partner went for quiche and chips with garlic bread.
Our orders were taken quickly and efficiently and our drinks were brought to our table.
My experience of our local Brewers Fayre is decidedly average so we were not expecting to be wowed by the food - but what a surprise! My starter was great, a good sized portion, fresh crispy salad, juicy plump prawns and just the right amount of sea food dressing.
Our main courses were equally as good, had I know the portion sizes I would probably decided against a starter. All the food was food was cooked to perfection. My sons pizza didn't resemble one that had just been taken out of the freezer it was more akin to that from an Italian eatery.
My partners quiche was the biggest surprise. He is normally served an over cooked concave 1" thick slice of quiche. Here he was offered a large chunky slice, approx 2.5" thick, cooked extremely well. He commented on the refreshing change!
We had a few drinks at the bar - Brewers Fayre operate a tab system whereby your credit/debit card details are provided upon arrival, you then use your receipt on subsequent visits to the bar and are presented with a final bill upon leaving. This saves the hassle of carrying cash, very handy!
Or meal came to approximately £50, that included drinks - I'm estimating that we had three pints each and my son had one soft drink. Great value for money.
The Premier Inn breakfast was also served st The Sparrow and was once again an excellent standard with staff welcoming and friendly. My son was able to take advantage of the outdoor play area whilst we finished our breakfast - we were able to keep an eye on him as the playground was situated opposite the dining room.
I'm quite sure that this facility would have kept him amused for a good few hours however he was the only child playing!
(He also enjoyed the pool table on the previous evening - although watching and not playing much to his dismay!).
I would certainly recommend this pub/restaurant. Friendly staff, excellent food at reasonable prices. I really cannot find any fault or flaw - and for me that is most unusual! We will certainly be visiting again in the future.
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The Sparrow has ample car parking, post code for sat nav's is CV7 9JP.