Cliff

Essex - Southend-on-Sea

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

48 Hamlet Road
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 1HH

Tel: (01702) 344466

Nearby Station: Southend Central

Station Distance: 450m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Southend Central) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Of especial interest here is the significant collection of Victorian back-painted mirrors - the back wall of the main bar has eight large and two small ones, depicting plants, birds and some rather delightful frogs. Pity about the crass modern fittings in front of them. In a former entrance lobby is a tiled wall with pictorial panel showing a girl with a pail against a background of farm buildings and a few cows. The main bar was once at least two rooms; it retains its original counter and the ceiling is held up by two decorative columns. Another small room at the back also has its old counter plus an internal porch with etched glass.

Large three-storey corner pub built c.1888 with painted-over exterior tiles. It features a colourful tiled wall, and also the biggest collection of Victorian back-painted mirrors in a pub that CAMRA is aware of. (There are other good displays of back-painted mirrors in the snug of the Half Moon, Herne Hill, London SE24 and on the left-hand wall of the Bunch of Grapes, Brompton, London SE3.) On the back wall of the main bar there are eight large and two small back-painted mirrors with plants, birds and a couple of rather delightful frogs, which are signed 'YOUNG & MARTEN, STRATFORD'. Sadly, the modern fittings in the form of two coolers and display shelves in front of them are truly crass.

The tiled wall with a pictorial panel is in a former entrance lobby - note the sealed-up outside door and the obvious opening-up of between the tiled area and the area with the mirrors. The floor-to-ceiling tiling features a multi-tile panel depicting a girl with a pail against a background of farm buildings and a few cows. It is signed 'L. Hall 1888'. The main bar consisted of at least two rooms in the past (note two exterior doors - one has 'Public bar' in etched glass) and retains its original bar counter and the ceiling is held up by two columns with decorative capitals. There is a separate small room at the rear also with an original counter and an internal porch with more etched glass. Southend's premier gay pub.

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