Although ‘1897’ is emblazoned above the portals, as a record of major enhancements made, the Holte Hotel was in existence in the 1870’s and probably goes back even further.
It was once a focal point for people who came to the former Aston Lower Grounds, with views the menagerie, the gardens, the duck pond and many other entertainment features – and once hosted the visit of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Circus.
As part of the assets of Aston Villa F.C. it was a popular pre & post match ‘boozer’ for Villa fans before it was closed and fell into disrepair.
When American billionaire Randy Lerner bought Villa in September 2006 he immediately set about renovating the historic pub which is now once again quenching the thirsts of the Villa faithful.