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Our History

This unusual pub name refers to the famous song from the First World War

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’.

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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

The Tipperary Inn is well known for both its quality food and its famous history. Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and originally owned by one half of the duo who wrote the notable wartime marching song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, the inn now serves special Italian inspired dishes that are hard to beat.

With plenty of stunning walks nearby, customers are encouraged to park in the inn’s car park and explore the surrounding countryside before being treated to a well-earned drink and meal.

The menus reflect classic Italian dishes. The highly recommended chef’s choice of Portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese and crushed herbs served with rocket salad and balsamic dressing is the ideal light and fresh starter. The mains follow in traditional Italian style, boasting a wide-ranging selection of meat, fish, pasta dishes and pizza, all of which are reasonably priced and beautifully presented.

The staff are friendly without being intrusive; you’re encouraged to sit and enjoy the beautiful views along with your delicious food and thirst-quenching real ale in the large beer garden. The Tipperary Inn’s al fresco dining area really makes it stand out as a go-to venue for friends or family, not forgetting the dog.

Our Origins

Then called 'The Plough Inn', the Meer End pub is said to have been the writing place of Jack Judge and Harry Williams, after the two met at the start of the twentieth century.

The pub was owned by Williams' family, and the pair were to said to have written a song called 'It's a Long Way to Connemara' there in 1909.

In fact, Williams and Judge reportedly wrote 32 songs together over 15 years.

Judge is said to have changed the name of the Connemara song in 1912. Whilst performing in Stalybridge, Cheshire he took a five shilling bet that he couldn't write a song in 24 hours. 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' was the new song title.

The song, which was originally a slow ballad, was released by producer Bert Feldman alongside a number of Williams-Judge tracks in 1912. However, Feldman released the track as a marching song, with the name changed again to 'It's a Long, Long way to Tipperary'.

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Williams
Family

The song quickly became a hit amongst soldiers fighting during the First World War.

The Daily Mail reported that the Connaught Rangers Irish Regiment had started singing Its a Long Way to Tipperary in the trenches as early as August 1914. The newspaper's report is said to have increased the circulation of the lyrics dramatically.

The song was then recorded by John McCormack later that year. When Judge died in 1938 his obituary in the London Times read: "Its qualities soon made it into a marching song of the troops, and the combination of nonchalance and sentiment in the words reflected the emotions of the moment.

"Every one, even the tone-deaf, knew its refrain. But few could have named the composer."

Williams died at the age of 50 in 1928 and is now buried locally at Temple Balsall.

We used to
be called

"The Plough"

The Plough, Balsall Common, now The Tipperary pub, former home of Harry Williams and where he co-wrote It’s a Long Way to Tipperary with Jack Judge

A shy, sensitive introvert he was confined to a wheelchair after a childhood accident in which he fell down the cellar steps at his father’s pub, breaking both of his legs. Harry lived in The Tipperary Inn – when it was still The Plough. 

 

His father Henry Sketchley moved from Oldbury to become the licensee of the pub in 1900.

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Food is Served here daily.
Mon - Sun 12pm - 9pm

The Tipperary Inn is well known for both its quality food and its famous history. Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and originally owned by one half of the duo who wrote the notable wartime marching song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, the inn now serves special Italian inspired dishes that are hard to beat.

Drinks Served from
Mon - Sun 12pm - 11pm

The menus reflect classic Italian dishes. The highly recommended chef’s choice of Portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese and crushed herbs served with rocket salad and balsamic dressing is the ideal light and fresh starter. 

Spacious Beer Garden

We have a spacious Beer garden and we know at the minute is it cold, that's why we have invested in an outdoor canopy and fire pits, our picturesque garden will have you relaxed in no time, while you enjoy that social gathering with family and friends.

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This unusual pub name refers to the famous song from the First World War

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’.

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