Bull & Gate

Greater London North West - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

389 Kentish Town Road
London, Kentish Town
NW5 2TJ

Tel: (020) 3437 0905

Email: bullandgate@youngs.co.uk

Website https://www.bullandgatenw5.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Kentish Town

Station Distance: 300m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Kentish Town) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

It retains a Victorian curved panelled counter with pilasters and cornelled brackets but it has a modern metal top added by Youngs in 2015. The far left section of the bar counter front is missing an ornate pilaster so there have been changes here in recent times. The Victorian bar back fitting has a stunning array of decorated cut-glass mirrors with swirling sprays of foliage. There are ornate vestibule entrances from both the left and right doors with ornate plasterwork picked out in various colours at the top. The Lincrusta ceiling is an ornate piece of work too, recently painted white. Note also the fluted cast-iron columns which support the upper floors.

The Bull & Gate was built in 1871 (see the helpful date-stone outside). It is a showy bit of architecture. Note external details such as the projecting single-storey part at the front, the shell shaped heads to the first-floor windows, the ornate fascia with the pub name and, of course, the plaster depiction over the entrance of a bull and gate.

It retains a Victorian curved panelled counter with pilasters and cornelled brackets but it has a modern metal top added by Youngs in 2015. The far left section of the bar counter front is missing an ornate pilaster so there have been changes here in recent times. The Victorian bar back fitting has a stunning array of decorated cut-glass mirrors with swirling sprays of foliage. There are ornate vestibule entrances from both the left and right doors with ornate plasterwork picked out in various colours at the top. The Lincrusta ceiling is an ornate piece of work too, recently painted white. Note also the fluted cast-iron columns which support the upper floors.

There is a round arch between the two parts of the front bar – it has fluted jambs and, in the head, Neo-Classical urns and lion heads. There is another decorative carved shallow arch between front left and rear left areas – the rear section was originally the billiard room and has a modest octagonal skylight: the glazing, sadly, has been replaced with plain panels but the foliage swags around the drum are original, equally sadly the colourful frieze was painted over in one pastel colour in 2015. Another carved arch at the rear leads to the ladies and disabled toilets There are two reproduction Victorian–style fireplaces. A doorway has been cut to far left room area. At the rear the former music venue has been converted into a dining room and has no old features. Boulonge bar upstairs has no old fittings.

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