Woodman

Greater London North West - Ruislip

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: Not listed

Breakspear Road
Ruislip
HA4 7SE

Tel: (01895) 635763

Email: steve@thewoodmanruislip.com

Website http://www.thewoodmanruislip.com/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: West Ruislip

Station Distance: 1800m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (West Ruislip) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

What is remarkable about the Woodman is that it retains an intact two-room interior dating from about 1959 and with fitting out so typical of its time. Prior to that, the public area occupied the floor plan of the present public bar, and consisted of a tiny public bar (left) and an equally small lounge bar. Where the division between the two lay is easy to envisage. The two were amalgamated and a new lounge created on the right-hand side of the building, in what was previously private accommodation. The present public bar seems to have been re-floored with herringbone blocks while the counter and the bar-back were both given Formica finishes and the bar-back was provided with a backing of mirrored tilework. The latter is continued over in the lounge where, again, Formica is much in evidence for the bar back and gently curved counter. Whereas the covering is light fawn colour in the public bar, in the lounge it is pink (faded from the original bright red). The toilets on both sides of the pub retain their c.1959 tiling.

What is remarkable about the Woodman is that it retains an intact two-room interior dating from c.1959 and with fitting out so typical of its time.

The lounge has a rare and distinctive interior with bar fittings from c.1959 and panelling etc. from the inter-war period. This new lounge was created on the right-hand side of the building, in what was previously private accommodation. The bar counter is gently curved and has a front of pink Formica panels divided by black strips; a pink Formica counter top which extends onto the main shelf of the bar back, the pink being faded from the original bright red – the original colour can be seen on the underside of the hatch for staff. The bar-back has a backing of mirror glass mosaic of a style popular in the 1960s to which shelves are attached. Look for the c.1959 till drawer on the bar back. The whole room has fielded panelling to just above half-height and an inter-war brick fireplace with a wooden mantle and there is some bay window seating of similar age. Both the gents' and ladies' have not changed since c.1959 with a dado of inter-war-style tiling of cream with one narrow strip of purple. All the doors are from the inter-war period.

On the left, prior to 1959, the public area occupied the floor plan of the present public bar, and consisted of a tiny public bar (left) and an equally small lounge bar. Where the division between the two lay is easy to envisage. The present public bar seems to have been re-floored with herringbone blocks while the counter front, counter top and the bar-back were both given Formica finishes in a light fawn colour and there are two bar-back fittings that have a backing of mirror glass mosaic. and the main shelf is of a light fawn colour. Look for the c.1959 till drawer on the bar back. The fireplace looks to be of inter-war brick, but dado panelling is difficult to date. Part of the old public bar is now the toilets – note how the servery extends further to the left than the bar counter. The gents’ and ladies’ toilets on the public bar side retain their c.1959 tiling but this is due to be replaced in 2015 due to damaged tiles. The figures ‘1’ and ‘2’ can be found on the doors to the public bar and lounge bar respectively.

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