Review: Priory Row, Coventry
Fancy stopping in one of Coventry's oldest buildings, just dripping in charm and a stones throw from the cathedral and some of the city's top bars and restaurants? Muddy went to check it out.
These four magnificent timber-framed buildings are some of the oldest in the city, dating back to the 15th century so they’re a characterful place to stay. Priory Row sits in the shadow of Holy Trinity Church and is a stones throw from Coventry Cathedral – so that’s your local history tour sorted, and also some awesome bars, pubs and restaurants… weekend break complete! A new lease of life has been breathed into the cottages by Historic Coventry Trust which has revamped them as luxury visitor accommodation, while keeping all those beautiful period features, naturally.
These cutesy cottages are a real mix of old meets new. Neutral tones throughout, with plenty of exposed beams and brickwork, original tiled floors, huge arching ceilings and leaded glass windows – fear not though, they are well and truly covered with triple glazing. Its location smack bang in the centre of town means there’s all the hustle and bustle of the street outside – and the popular pub next door – but you can’t hear a peep. There’s a lovely little patio area out the back though if you fancy enjoying a glass of something without having to join the rabble outside.
There’s all the mod cons here, a gorgeous and compact top of the range kitchen, smart control heating, high speed internet, coffee machine and a smart speaker for your music. If you fancy a chilled night in though there’s an edition of Coventry Monopoly to keep you entertained.
SCOFF & QUAFF
You’re in the centre of Cov so well and truly spoilt for choice and there’s something for every appetite. Within two minutes walk you have a bunch of chain restaurants including The Botanist for cocktails and dinner, Cosy Club for casual dining, Bistro Pierre if you fancy French food, Wagamama for Japanese or Las Iguanas for Latin American. If you fancy heading out a little further then try Gourmet Food Kitchen in FarGo Village (book ahead though this place is tiny and fills up fast) or also in FarGo there’s Caribbean joint Esmie’s – make sure you try the Ginger Beer, it’s got a kick. Another fave is Korean barbecue Jinseon – if you haven’t done Korean BBQ before, you cook your own food on a barbecue in the middle of the table; it’s really cool. Make sure to order the Dirty KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and honey butter chips, they’ll honestly change your life.
We stopped at Number 3 Priory Row after a slight mix-up with the keys (we had originally been destined for Number 6), but were reliably informed all properties were the same. It slept four and would have been perfect for a family or group of friends – you can take dogs too but I decided to leave my pooch at home. The three-storey cottage had two bedrooms both with super squishy double beds and a huge bathroom on the middle floor. There was an en-suite on the top floor, which was perfect because you don’t really want to be stumbling down the winding staircase in the middle of the night – they’re steep! Not surprising given the age of the property, but put your heels on downstairs, and probably don’t take granny or the kids if they’re small either.
OUT & ABOUT
Cov has just ended its year as City of Culture and there’s so much to do here. Of course, just around the corner there’s Coventry Cathedral which is a must-visit and steeped in history. Head to Assembly Festival Garden which always has a different and quirky event on, there’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum which has some awesome exhibitions and The Belgrade and The Albany theatres if you want to catch a show. If relaxation is the name of the game (when is it not?) head to Mana Spa for a treatment. For walking there’s Coombe Abbey, which incidentally is the perfect place for an afternoon tea. When in Rome…..
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: An older family looking for a base to explore the city, or a group of friends looking for somewhere to stay on a night out (watch those stairs after too many glasses of champers though).
Not for: Those with smaller kids or mobility issues. Or if you like things a bit more out of the way this could be too central for you.
The damage: Rooms start from £189 a night.
Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX