View of the Rose Villa Tavern on Vyse Street.
It is a Grade II listed building. Full name is the Rose Villa Tavern Public House. Built 1919 - 20, with late 20th century alterations. By Wood & Kendrick for Mitchell & Butlers Ltd at a cost of £15,000.
Red brick with buff terracotta dressings. Main bar is on Warstone Lane. One side on Vyse Street.
The Rose Villa Tavern was opened in 1920. The interior, with its fine tiling and stained glass, looks older and has thus far escaped the craze for themeing. All the more pity, then, that your abstemious nature precludes you from taking a look inside. The pub was erected by a Mr Rose, who hailed from a long established Jewellery Quarter family. Back in the nineteenth century one of his relatives had emigrated to Australia, where he made a fortune in opal mining. Some of this fortune was spent on building a very fine house, which he dedicated to his favourite Sydney football team, called Aston Villa. When the relative died he left the house to Mr Rose, who built the Rose Villa Tavern with the proceeds.