Ronnie’s Bar
Ronnie’s Bar

The name Warwick is derived from two Saxon words, Wering, which  meant Weir and Wic, which meant houses or settlement. So it was Wering Wic, the settlement by the weir. 


The town was founded on the banks of the River Avon in 914AD by  Ethelflaed, daughter of King Alfred the Great. It was built as a defence  against Danish invaders, on a site overlooking earlier riverside  settlements. The small hill it was originally on controlled not only the  river valley but also the river crossing on the road to London and Stratford  and was surrounded partly by a wall and partly by a ditch. 


The Medieval core of the town was prevented from expansion by the open spaces that surrounded it: The common, Racecourse, the grounds of the Priory, St Nicholas Meadow, the River Avon and later, Warwick Castle. Within a relatively small area there are many buildings of historic interest, of which the castle is the most important. 


This is one of the most dramatic and complete medieval castles in the  country and has been continuously inhabited since the Middle ages and was  home to the Earls of Warwick until only very recently. It was originally made of wood in the 12th century before being rebuilt with stone. Ronnie’s  Bar is the closest bar to the castle and we welcome guests who need a good drink after a long day enjoying themselves in our great castle’s grounds. 


Many of the streets of the town were destroyed by the Great Fire of 1694.  The buildings which were burnt were replaced by what you see today in  the handsome style of the late 17th and early 18th centuries including  Ronnie’s Bar. St Mary’s church, which dates back to the 12th century, dominates the surrounding countryside and had a new nave and tower built  at the same time shortly after the fire. Several important medieval buildings survived and can be seen today, most  notably the town’s Guildhall, now known as the Lord Leycester Hospital,  as well as a group of timber framed buildings around Oken’s House. 


The wonderful building that is Ronnie’s Bar has a long and interesting  history. It has housed a solicitors office (as can be seen from the original sign on the wall at the base of the staircase) and prior to this was  connected through to the registry office and town hall. More recently, the  next door property, which used to be a tea room for many years, was incorporated within the main building and became a restaurant until  recently, when the Ronnie’s team transformed the entire building into the fabulous setting it now is. We pride ourselves on serving the best drinks in the nicest setting with a great atmosphere to boot and hope you all have a  great experience within our little bit of history! 


Who is Ronnie?

A question that is constantly asked. As you can see, we have a tribute to  most famous Ronnie’s with their images and autographs adorning our  walls, but the “real” Ronnie was a very famous sculptor called Lord Ronald  Charles Sutherland-Leveson-Gower who was born in 1845 and died in  1916. I think you will agree that his name was a bit of a mouthful, so we  decided to give him a little nickname! 

As a sculptor, his most famous work is a Shakespeare monument (1888)  now situated in our neighboring town of Stratford-upon-Avon; 

Rumour has it “Ronnie” was a fairly regular visitor to our buildings (and  still is…..he is known to roam around upstairs keeping a careful eye on the  proceedings, no doubt with a smile on his face). He was quite a character  from all accounts and was described as being “gifted with an extreme  simplicity, a deep affection, a ceaseless energy, a keen discrimination and  an unusually affectionate nature … His perfection as a host, his  generosity, his unselfishness, his great desire that all about him should be  happy and that no one in his service should bear undue strain … rendered  him very dear.” Clearly, we at Ronnie’s Bar would like to think that we  repay his character within our own.


Ronnie’s of Warwick
4 Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW