A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listedClaypit Lane
Attractive stone village pub belonging to a country estate. Its interior conveys a sense of age-old rambling character but much of it derives from a comprehensive refit of 1962, partly done in the heavy-timber-and-exposed-stone idiom (which became quite fashionable for rural ‘destination’ pubs) of which this is a good early example. The revamp created the present servery and counters, blocking off the old pub entrance in the process, and put old seating on stone plinths. It also started the process of adding further rooms (to the original pre-war two) yet with admirable concern for keeping the pub’s essential compartmented character.
Attractive creeper covered stone village pub belonging to the Ledston Estate. For 180 years and until only recently the pub was closed every Sunday – the pub states this was at the insistence of the Lady of the Manor due to a drunken incident so the building was ordered to be closed to adhere to the holy day of rest.
Its interior conveys a sense of age-old rambling character but much of it derives from a comprehensive refit of 1962, partly done in the heavy-timber-and-exposed-stone idiom (which became quite fashionable for rural ‘destination’ pubs) of which this is a good early example. From 1962 further rooms (to the original pre-war two) have been added with admirable concern for keeping the pub’s essential compartmented character. The old pub entrance was blocked-up in 1962 and you now enter from the car park side.
The highlight is the splendid small room on the corner of the building – it is separated from the tiny area in front of the servery by two settles. One is three-quarters height with an iron stay holding it to the ceiling and on the low doorway side of it is the figure ‘1’; the other is curved side and of half height. The seating is old with panelled backs and upholstered seat situated on stone plinths. There is a stone fireplace with a wooden overmantle and log fire; also a beam and plank ceiling.
The island servery was added in 1962 and consists of stone counters with wooden tops facing two directions and a central stillage of shelving. The other original pub room is the small one on the opposite side of the servery with a narrow door having the figure ‘2’ on it. It has old dado panelling; some more of the fixed seating of the upholstered style on stone plinths; a stone fireplace reaching the ceiling with a log fire; and here the counter is curved.
From this room go up two steps to another small room with double doors; carpet; dado panelling looks 1960s; two pieces of fixed seating on stone bases; and a 1950/60s brick fireplace with a modern stove in it.
Toby Room is another small one off the settle room with upholstered fixed seating on stone bases all around; a stone fireplace reaching the ceiling with large timber uprights holding up the top section and a log burner; and a baffle by the door.
On the first floor is the Hastings Room restaurant accessed via a stone staircase from the flagstone passage which leads to toilets.