Ye Olde Saracen's Head

(97 Reviews)
Balsall Street Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7AS
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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 22:30

Restaurant description

A 16th-century hideaway near Balsall Common, Ye Olde Saracen’s Head serves hearty and wholesome British cuisine. Offsetting outdoor dining in summer, the cosy interior offers quaint snugs, crackling open fires and squashy leather furnishings.

Using the distinctive charcoal method of cooking, Ye Olde Saracen’s Head in Coventry is renowned for its supreme grills, with offerings including baby chicken with roast root veg, or coriander lamb burger with all the trimmings. Other classics from the Saracen’s menu include fresh fish of the day battered in house ale, or seafood and chorizo linguine.

Modern takes on classic desserts at Saracen’s Head restaurant include plum soup with vanilla panna cotta, or chocolate and chilli praline torte. Boasting one of the most accomplished cellars in the area, the bar is filled with fine wines, real ales and rich coffees.

A lovingly-converted setting, Ye Olde Saracen’s Head is a favourite for honest, locally sourced produce. Central Berkswell is a 7-minute drive away.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Ye Olde Saracen's Head
(based on 97 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (6)
  • al fresco (12)
  • breakfast (1)
  • business (21)
  • child friendly (30)
  • dinner (74)
  • entertainment (1)
  • large parties (22)
  • lunch (53)
  • luxury (8)
  • private dining (25)
  • romantic (28)
  • trendy (22)
  • value (26)
  • views (8)
  • By Karen D from Coventry
    23 November 2019

    Lovely setting. Great service

  • By Susan W from Kenilworth
    4 November 2019

    Such a lovely lunch. Really nice sta, food beautifully presented.

  • By Nadine B from Birmingham
    21 August 2019

    Wonderful food with delicious new flavours and combinations of flavours including alcohol-free gin.

  • By Anuji A from Coventry
    3 August 2019

    Very slow service, had to wait for half an hour to get the bill

  • By Roger B from Solihull
    3 August 2019

    Food & service was really good

  • By Jane J from Balsall common
    9 May 2019

    We had an excellent meal for our sons 21st birthday

  • By Jason M from Birmingham
    3 May 2019

    No where to sit at all which was a shame, so we went to our booked dining table early, food was ok

  • By Lyn S from Coventry
    11 April 2019

    I booked the restaurant for a special occasion - my wedding anniversary. Enjoyed the shared meze started with my husband. This was of a good quality and plenty of it. The chees balls were excellent and piping hot. Sadly the main course was not as good. I had the cauliflower steak which was pretty tasteless even with the sauce. Pudding was also disappointing. Thought I was getting raspberry sorbet but what arrived was some kind of pink ice cream with a bit of raspberry sauce on top.

  • By Bryan D from Nuneaton
    25 January 2019

    Food was good and the service from the person at front of house showing us to our table and the waiter was friendly, attentive and professional. Would have been 5 stars but when we arrived the 2 ladies serving at the bar were more interested in talking to each other than seeing who was next to be served. Having served 2 people who arrived at the bar after me I moved from the till end of the bar to the middle in hope of getting served. However the talkative duo served someone else who arrived at the bar after me and then wandered off tidying up. I once again moved back to the end of the bar by the till and after complaining to my wife about the lack of service one of the ladies finally looked up and asked if I needed to be served. Very poor for a friday night

  • By Bob P from Solihull
    21 November 2018

    Good food, good surroundings, great value.

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Ye Olde Saracen's Head
Balsall Street Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7AS