Old Pack Horse

Greater London West - Chiswick

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

434 Chiswick High Road
Chiswick
W4 5TF

Tel: (020) 8994 2872

Email: oldpackhorse@fullers.co.uk

Website http://www.oldpackhorsechiswick.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Chiswick

Station Distance: 1350m

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

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

An architectural extravaganza of 1910 to designs by the prolific T H Nowell Parr for Fuller, Smith & Turner who still own it (it also doubles as a Thai restaurant). The Edwardian free-style exterior has abundant faïence on the ground floor and lots of most interesting detailing in the floors above. Three original rooms are still clearly discernible and retain their names in the etched window glass (some of it gently curved). Easily the best space is the saloon (on Acton Lane) with its panelling and delightful alcove and original fireplace, which sits behind a Tudor arch. Such arches are a Parr favourite (as elsewhere in this pub). The counter in the saloon is original too and has highly unusual detailing, while the surround of the bar-back is original although the centre part is, unfortunately, modern work.

An architectural extravaganza of 1910 to designs by the prolific T H Nowell Parr for Fuller, Smith & Turner who still own it (it also doubles as a Thai restaurant). The Edwardian free-style exterior has abundant faïence on the ground floor and lots of most interesting detailing in the floors above. Three original rooms are still clearly discernible and retain their names in the etched window glass (some of it gently curved). Easily the best space is the saloon (on Acton Lane) with its panelling and delightful alcove and original fireplace, which sits behind a Tudor arch. Such arches are a Parr favourite (as elsewhere in this pub). The counter in the saloon is original too and has highly unusual detailing, while the surround of the bar-back is original although the centre part is, unfortunately, modern work.

Round the corner the main bar-back, however, is original as is the main run of the counter. The counter in the area on the corner of the pub is a crude cobbling together of old and new elements. All the rooms in the pub have another Parr characteristic – exposed wooden studding and beams. Don’t miss the stained glass pack horses and Fuller’s griffin. Throughout the pub there are very attractive chairs with elongated lozenges in the backs, which perhaps date from 1910. One of the redundant doorways in the pub must have served as an off-sales.

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