Lord Palmerston

Greater London East - Walthamstow

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

252-254 Forest Road
Walthamstow, Highham Hill
E17 6JG

Tel: (020) 8223 9911

Email: lordpalmerston.walthamstow@stonegatepubs.com

Website https://www.greatukpubs.co.uk/thelordpalmerstonwalthamstow

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Walthamstow Queens Road

Station Distance: 1000m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Walthamstow Queens Road) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Large Edwardian corner-site ex-Charrington pub of two floors, constructed of red brick with some glazed tiling on the ground floor wall. Inside, the servery that sits between the public/saloon bar and the lounge bar has an original mahogany bar back, with five mirror-backed bays on both the public/saloon and lounge bar sides, carved wooden posts separating the bays, and concave wooden frame at the top. The bar counter also looks original, with extravagant pilasters and fielded panelling with arched tops.

Separating the public bar from the lounge bar is a large baffle (approx six feet high rising from the bar counter, and the total width of the counter) adjoining the separating wall, containing etched/cut glass panels with arched tops. Behind the servery is a door framed and surmounted by mahogany surrounds in the same design as the bar back, and with a mirror backed bay to either side. A cream painted wooden screen with fielded panelling and framed openings to the upper parts separates the front of the lounge into two distinct areas. A large ex-billiard room, with the skylight blocked in, as at the rear of the pub.

Large corner-site ex-Charrington pub of two floors, constructed of red brick with some glazed tiling on the ground floor wall. The pub name is depicted in bas relief terracotta on the first floor corner facing. The first recorded licensee is in 1905 when the pub was probably newly built by Saville Brothers brewery of Stratford, who were taken over by Charringtons in 1925. An off licence was originally located at the far left hand side of the Forest Road elevation, but is now subsumed into the main pub area.

The corner door is signed as the public bar; an unused door on Palmerston Rd led to a saloon bar to the right of the public bar, but this is now a single room. The unused door has etched/cut glass screens to either side that look original, and are probably remnants of a vestibule entrance to the saloon bar. Tiled fireplace at the back of the room.

The servery sits between the public/saloon bar and the lounge bar. The bar back is original mahogany, with five mirror-backed bays on both the public/saloon and lounge bar sides, carved wooden posts separating the bays, and concave wooden frame at the top. Lower shelving lost to fridges. An original dumb waiter is at the end of the bar back, now disused and containing drinks bottles, etc. The bar counter also looks original, with extravagant pilasters and fielded panelling with arched tops. The bar counter top in both rooms has light brown inlaid linoleum or a similar material. Tell-tale key holes in the counter front show where hinged panels would have allowed access to, and servicing of, the beer engines.

The public bar has matchboard panelling on the dado, but now painted cream. A wall separates the public bar from the lounge bar to the left, with a normal sized doorway in it, and both the door and entranceway look to be relatively modern additions. Also separating the public bar from the lounge bar is a large baffle (approx six feet high rising from the bar counter, and the total width of the counter) adjoining the separating wall, containing etched/cut glass panels with arched tops.

Behind the servery is a door leading to the kitchen and private rooms, framed and surmounted by mahogany surrounds in the same design as the bar back, and with a mirror backed bay to either side.

To the left part of the lounge a cream painted wooden screen with fielded panelling and framed openings to the upper parts separates that part of the lounge into two distinct areas. The area on the left has a plain fireplace, while the area on the right has an ornate wood surround and tiled fireplace, and staircase to the first floor.

Behind the lounge is a large ex-billiard room with the skylight blocked in, now used as a pool room. There is an antique cabinet at the back containing sporting trophies.

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