Warwickshire pub with history goes up for sale

The pub before it became the Tipperary Inn

The pub before it became the Tipperary Inn

People are being given the chance to buy an unusual piece of Warwickshire history in the shape of the Tipperary Inn.

The Honiley pub’s name reflects its important place in musical history as a former resident co-wrote the famous First World War song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.

The pub was once the home of Harry Williams, who wrote the song with music hall entertainer Jack Judge in 1912.

Harry met Jack, who hailed from Swinford in County Mayo, in Oldbury and the pair went on to write 32 songs in a partnership which lasted 15 years.

Jack Judge and Harry Williams

Jack Judge and Harry Williams

Previously the song was called It’s a Long Way to Connemara, but its name was changed after Jack won a five shillings bet with a fellow artist that he couldn’t write and perform a new song in 24 hours.

Both men earned £164,000 between them in 1915 from the royalties with three million copies being sold in the UK after 1912.

When Harry, who was confined to a wheelchair, lived in the pub with his parents it was known as The Plough Inn. He was left disabled after falling down the stairs at the pub as a child.

The pub is said to have been renamed the Tipperary Inn after Harry purchased the pub off his parents with money made from the song.

The leasehold of the pub, in Meer End Road, can be bought for just under £40,000 from Enterprise Inns.

The pub has a 13-year lease remaining with a rent of £23,000 a year.

The music for It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

The music for It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

According to the sales brochure, the pub has an open plan lounge bar and restaurant “which has been fully refurbished and is presented to a very high standard and offers excellent fixtures and fittings.

It adds: “This lovely room benefits from a mix of carpeted and solid wood flooring, bar serving area, two open fireplaces and beamed ceilings.”

There is a commercial catering kitchen with stainless steel appliances and owner’s accommodation, with a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and three bedrooms, located on the first floor. The pub also boasts a huge garden with a wooden decking that can seat 60 people comfortably.

As well as a large paddock which can be used as a marquee event space, there is a car park for between 30 and 40 cars.

It is estimated the pub’s turnover is around £300,000 per year including VAT.

The sales particulars also state that: “Business rates are advised as currently being circa £11,000 payable per annum.”

The pub has been run by Mike Malhan since February 2014, but due to family commitments he has decided to leave.