A most interesting mid-19th-century mews pub in the heart of Marylebone. There are two sets of double doors, those on the left with ‘Bottle Entrance’ inscribed in the etched glass, and hence leading at one time into an off-sales compartment (a display case still remains on the left-hand wall); the others proclaim ‘Retail Entrance’, which must have referred to the main drinking areas. Today there are three rooms with two at the front entered through wide openings (the counter with its sloping bar Victorian counter is on the left – the bar back is modern work) – note the old baffle in the front right room.
Early to mid 19th century two-storey building with a wooden frontage on the ground floor and stucco-faced on the first floor. This is one of Marylebone’s two remaining mews pubs and situated near Harley Street. The pub was referenced by Maurice Gorham in his famous 1949 book Back To The Local, as the mews pub "par excellence". It survived a nearby wartime bomb, and for many years was a local favourite under its redoubtable landlady Mrs. Mooney, not least because it opened on Bank Holidays when other pubs around did not. The phrase "Meet you at Mooney's" was in current use for a long period.
There are two sets of double doors, those on the left with ‘Bottle’ and ‘Entrance’ inscribed in the etched glass, and hence leading at one time into an off-sales compartment (a display case still remains on the left-hand wall); the others proclaim ‘Retail’ and ‘Entrance’, which must have referred to the main drinking areas so a partition has been lost. The sloping bar counter appears to be Victorian counter, but the bar back is modern work. Note the mirrors underneath the dividing beam which allowed coachmen to observe when their passengers were ready to depart.
There are three other rooms – that on the front right is entered through wide opening and has an old baffle. The dado panelling looks modern. At the rear right is a lovely small room entered through a sliding door; the doorway has been widened somewhat and there is a no. 1 above it. The division between the front and back rooms is a thin timber partition with a curious grill high up at the far end (a similar one is placed near the main pub entrance in the timber screen there: what was their purpose?).
Following the change of operator from Samuel Smiths to the owners of the Euston Tap – who changed the name from Dover Castle to Jackalope – there have been changes in the rear left area. It looks like part of the bar counter has been removed – there is a stranded piece and counter flap on the right. This has created access to the basement where the toilets are situated, and a new dining room has been created. Also, the former ladies’ toilet at the rear left has been converted to a new small room.