Tuesday, 10 April 2012
#061 The Mary Arden, Wilmcote, Warks : 1997 to 2011
If we hadn't recently sold our boat Emma Jane I would have been showing you a picture of this pub from 2012 taken only a few days ago on our annual Easter trip to Stratford. However, this year we've hired a boat for the first time and enjoyed the delights of Chester. Anyway, back to history!
This was our second visit to Wilmcote and the photo was taken on Saturday 29th March 1997. As I recall, we had a couple in the Mary Arden before moving on to the Mason's Arms, #006 in this series. I don't remember much else about it from that time other than it was an alright place to visit, but not a proper local like the Mason's Arms.
Our next visit to Wilmcote wasn't until 2000 and the Mary Arden was unchanged.
This photo is from Friday 21st April 2000 which is pretty much the latest that Good Friday can happen.
Unusually, in 2001 we stoped at Wilmcote twice! Once on the way down to Stratford and again on the way back up.
These were taken on Sat/Sun 14/15th March 2001, both lunchtime stops.
We were back again in 2002 and this is the scene that greeted us.
For the first time in this blog, I've actually captured a pub being refurbished! This was taken on Saturday 30th March 2002, but the redecorating has hardly got underway as all of the signage is still the same.
And this is what it looked like afterwards.
This picture was taken on Saturday 19th April 2003, now just called The Mary Arden. The inside had also been refurbished, but I found it to be cold and not very welcoming.
We have visited here every year since (apart from 2007), but I won't bore you with all of the pictures as the pub has changed little in the intervening years!
Saturday 15th April 2006
Saturday 11th April 2009
Saturday 3rd April 2010 - the 'lintels' above the windows are now black.
And finally...Saturday 30th April 2011. Not Easter, but the weekend of the Royal Wedding.
The Mary Arden is not a place I'd say is a must visit pub, but it is perfectly pleasant and does good food. It is situated very close to Mary Arden's House (just behind and right of me as I took this picture) and has it's own website.