Vine

West Midlands - Wednesfield

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

35 Lichfield Road
Wednesfield
WV11 1TN

Tel: (01902) 733529

Email: thevineinnwednesfield@yahoo.com

Website http://www.blackcountryales.co.uk/pubs/the-vine-inn

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A rare and intact example of a simple inter-war, urban, working-class pub. It was designed in 1937 by architects Watkin & Maddox of Burslem for Truman, Hanbury & Buxton: it opened in 1938. The only changes have been the loss of the off-sales hatch opposite the front door and insertion of a tiny counter in the smoke room. The public bar has a colourful terrazzo floor plus the original bar counter, seating and fireplace. To the right is the smoke room with parquet floor, Tudor-style fireplace and fixed seating with bell-pushes. A second smoke room lies at the back across the terrazzo-floored hallway and has similar features. The toilets are also scarcely altered since construction. The anachronistic Victorian-style embossed paper applied to the dados is the only jarring note.

An unspoilt and little-altered inter-war pub with three rooms and a hallway which is now a traditional real ale pub. Designs survive from January 1937 by the architects Watkin & Maddox of Burslem, working for brewers Truman, Hanbury & Buxton. This is a rare, intact example of a simple inter-war, urban working-class pub. It opened in 1938 and remains complete apart from the loss of the off-sales hatch opposite the front door and the insertion of a tiny counter in the right-hand lounge. The public bar is on the left. A third public room lies at the back across a hallway. The importance of such a building was recognised in 2002 by its being given grade II listed status. It was built as a replacement for, and to the rear of, the original pub which was a small beerhouse.

Built in classic 1930s brick and set back from the road. The front door leads into a tiny lobby with colourful terrazzo tiled floor - originally there was an off sales hatch facing you but this was replaced by a piece of glass in the late 1990s. Original door on the left of the lobby leads into the public bar with colourful terrazzo tiled floor and the original bar counter with a bar top from 2010 which replaced a Formica one from the 1960s. The small room retains its original 1930s tiled fireplace, original fixed seating and a good blue 'Public Bar' leaded exterior window. Original door at rear leads to a hallway with colourful terrazzo tiled floor, the ladies on the left retains its terrazzo tiled floor and terrazzo dado.

Original door on the right of the lobby leads to the Smoke Room with a white on blue leaded 'Smoke Room' exterior window. It has a parquet floor, an original Tudor arch stone fireplace, and original fixed seating with bell pushes in the panel above from the days of table service. There is one small change here - service was originally from a hatch to the back of the servery but in 2004 a small bar counter was added here but done with great care by Black Country Inns. Beyond the hallway is the rear Smoke Room with original door, a baffle as you enter, original fixed seating all around the room and another Tudor shaped stone arch fireplace. The gents' retains original urinals, terrazzo tiled floor and terrazzo dado. There are more little altered rooms and toilets upstairs.

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