One star - A pub interior of special national historic interest
Listed Status: II115 Charterhouse Street
Tel: (020) 7250 1300
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Farringdon
Station Distance: 300m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Farringdon) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
The decorative gable at the top of the building dates this pub to 1898, but inside the star of the show is the small room at the back with three even smaller snugs leading from it.
You can't miss this pub's gorgeous Art Nouveau ceramic frontage and entrance. Designed by Latham Augustus Withall and built by W H Lascelles and Co; the decorative panels on the inside external walls of the ground floor, and perhaps most or all of the decorative front, were designed by W J Neatby and manufactured by Doulton and Co of Lambeth. Neatby is most famous for the sumptuous tilework at Harrods' food hall.
Inside, there is a long servery on the left with a pewter-topped counter, with what looks like an original bar-back stretching along most of the wall behind the servery, with carved wooden pillars and bevelled mirrors. The dumb waiter past the bar-back looks like a modern addition. There's a tiled dado with simple vertical wood panelling beneath it. At the back behind the main room is a small panelled room (the 'Fox's Den') with three tiny intimate snugs at the back of it; but much of the woodwork here is thought to be relatively modern and may date from a 1993 refit.