One star - A pub interior of special national historic interest
Listed Status: Not listed59 Sheen Road
Tel: (020) 8940 2511
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Richmond (London)
Station Distance: 450m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Richmond) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
The one really stand-out feature in this otherwise modernised pub is the remarkable mid-Victorian bar-back, making it one of the oldest in London.
The bar-back has three bays stretching right up to the ceiling and filled with back-painted glass in green and gold. The stylised foliage bears wording offering the blandishments of 'Jamaica Rum' (first bay) and 'Superior Scotch' (second bay); the third bay contains no such blandishments, the bottom half of which has apparently been lost to modern panelling. The uprights also bear painted glass panels, and also painted green and gold. In the main bar area four snob screen panels have been resited just inside the front windows. These are small, square, swivelling engraved glass panels of the kind popular in Victorian times to give a degree of privacy between staff and customers in the 'better' parts of a pub. They are now very rare but good examples survive at the Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, London W9 , and the Lamb, Bloomsbury, London WC1N .