A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listedMain Street
A Georgian-style, mid-Victorian building, though only the snug on the left survives from the original layout - it has old fixed benches but the fireplace has gone. Most of what we see dates from a 1950s remodelling which brought two living rooms at the back into pub use. One is the main bar with a 1950s counter and plain bar back and fixed seating of the same vintage. The other room serves as a lounge - all the fittings seem to be from the 1950s refit. The central entrance leads into a T-shaped hall with staircase to a function room. This area is a popular 'drinking passage' with a few tables and chairs and the servery straight ahead with a small fifties-style hatch counter. The pool room is a recent creation in space previously occupied by toilets.
A three-storey building pub in Georgian-style but dating from c.1880. Originally, it is thought, the pub consisted of a bar with servery, situated where you now find the inside toilets on the right, and the small snug on the left, with a passageway between them. Then in the 1950s two former private rooms at the rear were brought into use – a bar with new servery on the rear left and a lounge on the rear right - and the pub has barely changed since. The central entrance leads into a T-shaped hall with staircase leading to a function room. This area is a popular ‘drinking passage’ with a few tables and chairs; the servery is straight ahead with a small hatch counter – the panelled front of which is of a 50s style and has a Formica top. Front-left snug is used for pool and has very old fixed benches all round, but the fireplace has been removed. Rear-left is the main bar with 1950s counter and plain bar back, fixed seating could be of similar vintage but there is no fireplace. Rear-right is a lounge with plushly upholstered benches each side and service from a door-hatch with panelling below, all of 1950s vintage; as could be the fireplace. Most walls are in 'Artex' style with applied timbers. Original doors and door surrounds throughout. The former skittle alley has been converted into a smoking area by removing one wall.
Update April 2012. This former Hardy & Hansons pub is now a free house selling a range of real ales. A new extension is being built to house: new toilets including a disabled one: a corridor to the skittle alley: on the first floor toilets for the function room: an outside drinking/smoking area. The existing gents’ and ladies’ toilets are to be converted back into a room (licensees say it was originally a living room) and then the pool table will be moved into the new room (it may have an arched entrance) and the present pool room on the left will become a snug. In the public bar the darts has been moved and a short partition added around it. In the lounge the 1960s timbering on the walls will be removed and a Victorian-style fireplace put back in. These seems to be sympathetic alterations leaving the previous layout intact and passageway drinking will continue.