Pub 1 : The Phantom Coach, Fletchamstead Highway
This pub is on the old coaching route between Coventry and Cheltenham. It is said that one night a coach left this inn and disappeared, never to be seen again. The legend has it that the coach sunk without trace in the marshland that covered this area before drainage. If this is so, what was the name of the pub at that time?
At that time the main road was the track that we now call Canley Ford. In 1935 Atkinsons built this large red brick pub on the new main road called Fletchamstead Highway. In 1982 it was described as ‘a modern pub on the Coventry by-pass. Coaches by appointment only (phantom or otherwise) says the sign’.