A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: II2 Friar Street
The spectacular glazed tile frontage here dates from around 1890 but the building itself is about 150 years older. In the lobby are a colourfully-tiled dado and a mosaic floor running to the back of the pub. There were once walls either side of the passage but changes took place in 1983, hence the wide gap in the left-hand wall. The bare-boarded bar on the right retains its fixed seating, Victorian counter and fine bar back with gilded glass panels and clock on top but the etched windows are replacements. When the wall was taken out, the left-hand curved section of the counter was added and by-and-large carefully matches the original part. In the smoke room is more old fixed seating in bays, with panels above and bell-pushes all around. The fire surround, with bevelled mirrors in the mantlepiece above, is original as are two splendid etched and frosted windows. A function room upstairs has no old fittings. Closes 7pm Tue & Sun.
Built c.1740s and given a colourful glazed tile frontage in c.1890s including a fascia of raised lettering 'Wines Mitchells & Butlers Spirits Gold Medal Ales And Stout' and 'Eagle Vaults Spirits'. There is a dado of colourful tiling in the lobby and a mosaic floor which runs through to the back of the pub and which has just been exposed. Originally there were walls either side of the passage, the one of the right which had a hatch for off-sales was removed in c.1983, and a wide gap put in the left wall. Both bar to the right and smoke room to the left retain their original fittings almost intact. The bare-boarded bar has a panelled Victorian counter with brackets, fine bar back with barley twist columns and including gilded glass panels and topped with a clock, fixed seating but the etched windows in this room are replacements. Note that when the wall was removed the left-hand curved section of the counter was added which carefully matches the original right hand section, apart from the detail missing on the console bracket.
The bare-boarded smoke room retains good original fixed seating in bays with panels above including three plain mirrors on the far left wall and bell pushes all around; original wood surround fireplace with a marble and new tiled interior and with bevelled mirror panels in mantelpiece above, and this room retains two splendid original etched and frosted front windows incorporating an eagle. Good etched panels in the toilet doors. The upstairs function room has no old fittings.