Historic Pub Interiors

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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

EDINBURGH & THE LOTHIANS - Edinburgh, H. P. Mather [Mathers West End]

An historic pub interior of national importance

1 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PA

Directions: Off west end of Princes St.

Tel: (0131) 225 3549


Opening Hours: 11 - midnight (1am Fri & Sat); 12.30 - 11 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Haymarket) and Bus Stop

Listed Status: Grade B

Listed Building Reference: 30180

Listing Date: 1981

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This high-ceilinged, single-room pub is little changed in over 100 years. It is on the ground floor of a five-storey building, designed in 1900 by Sydney Mitchell & Wilson for the National Commercial Bank of Scotland and the Caledonian United Services Club. The wine merchant Hugh Mather took over and established the licensed premises in 1902. In the porch there is floor-to-ceiling tiling and, within the pub itself, the counter is original (but new top) as are the half-height panelling, ceiling and rich frieze. The great feature is the towering gantry: its central parts are original although the side portions have been added later, but it is not easy to spot the joins! This was perhaps in 1956 when plans were drawn up to remove a small snug in the rear left-hand corner. The walls are adorned by a number of old brewery mirrors. A change in the 1960s relocated the ladies’ toilet from the rear right corner to downstairs. An old water engine which dispensed beer by air pressure is still in existence and may be viewed on request.

H. P. Mather [Mathers West End], Edinburgh
Bar Counter and Gantry