Great Northern Railway Tavern

Greater London North - Hornsey

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

67 High Street
Hornsey
N8 7QB

Tel: (020) 8127 6632

Email: GreatNorthernRailway.Office@fullers.co.uk

Website https://www.thegreatnorthernrailway.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GNRTavern

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Hornsey

Station Distance: 350m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Hornsey) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Designed by the architects Shoebridge & Rising and built in 1897, the interior of the pub was remodelled in the late 20th century by the late Roderick Gradidge. The L-shaped servery still has its 1897 counter and the bar-back is lined with a series of lovely decorated mirrors. There is a skylight over the rear left-hand area, and another, bigger skylight sits near the wonderfully gracious music room at the rear, which is spanned by two hefty tie-beams with rich plaster friezes on the main walls as well below the skylight.

When originally built in 1897 this pub must have been a stunner. The architects were Shoebridge & Rising who were responsible for many a London pub. Here they produced a flamboyant essay in the Flemish Renaissance manner. The raised brick lettering, ornamental ironwork (from Jones and Willis, Art Metal Works in Hornsey) and the etched and cut glass give an expectation of splendours within. The interior of the pub was remodelled in the late 20th century by the late Roderick Gradidge, one of the most sensitive architects of the time dealing with pub refurbishments. The front parts are now a single space but some sense of subdivision has been achieved by the reuse of the original fine glazed screenwork.

The L-shaped servery still has its 1897 counter and the bar-back is lined with a series of lovely decorated mirrors. There is a skylight over the rear left-hand area. Another, bigger skylight sits near the wonderfully gracious music room at the rear. It is spanned by two hefty tie-beams and has rich plaster friezes on the main walls and also below the skylight. The swirly decoration (similar to that in the main bar) on the coving looks as though it may be Gradidge’s work as is perhaps the fireplace.

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