A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance where the interior has been ruined
Listed Status: Not listed1 Orchardson Street
Tel: (020) 7724 8928
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: London Marylebone
Station Distance: 850m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Marylebone)
View on: Whatpub
Changed hands and reopened but all old fittings now removed so re- categorised as Interior Ruined.
The former description is shown below. The accompanying photographs show the interior before the work took place.
This part of the St John’s Wood area was redeveloped in the 1920s and, along with the new blocks of flats, came a community facility, the rebuilt Richmond Arms. It remains a remarkably intact period piece. The main façade to Lyons Place, where the pub is situated, has a central doorway to the private accommodation upstairs and two bars either side. The smaller of these, on the right, has its original fireplace and pretty decorative frames on the walls: its detailing is mirrored in the bar counter and bar-back. Very similar treatment reappears in the front left-hand room which retains its fireplace and the vestiges of a screen to a third, rear room.
All three rooms have their original counters and back fittings; the rear room still retains its dumb waiter. The three original rooms are now all interconnected but the original arrangements and the old layout is easily understood. On the counter there are now gantry structures, which are in themselves period pieces. The lettering on the fronts is quintessentially 1960s or 1970s work and therefore from the time when such gantries started to become commonplace features on pub bar counters everywhere.