A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: II674 Whitton Avenue West
Tel: (020) 8423 6169
Real Ale: Yes
Real Cider: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Northolt Park
Station Distance: 650m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Northolt Park) and Bus Stop
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A large and little-altered 'improved public house' built in the late 1930s in the Neo-Georgian style for Courage & Co. It was impressively restored by Wetherspoons and reopened in 2016 after a six year closure. The main bar on the left retains its original bar counter, the end section being reinstated by Wetherspoons. The bar back is also largely as is most of the wall panelling. Two fireplaces survive, one being especially stylish with its mosaic tiling and Art Deco wood surround. Note the adverts on the windows. The middle Lounge has been somewhat opened out to the main bar but also retains its curved inter-war bar counter and Art Deco back fitting. The room is lit by a leaded glass skylight and also has old wood panelling and another fine fireplace. The former off-sales is now a snug. The Green Room is also on this side of the pub, keeping its original bar counter and bar back albeit with the former now acting as a long table for customers. The former Assembly Room has become yet another seating area with the stage still in position.
A large inter-war improved public house built in the late 1930s in Neo-Georgian style for Courage & Co, possibly by the brewery architect. It is remarkably little altered retaining 5 rooms and was impressively restored by Wetherspoon's (prompted by the Conservation Officer of Ealing Council) prior to re-opening in 2016 after a 6 year closure.
The entrance lobby on the south east corner retains a tiled wall. The main bar on the left retains its original bar counter – the end section was re-instated to its original length in the Wetherspoon;s restoration. The bar back fitting is also original but some lower shelves have been replaced by fridges. The walls have original panelling to two-thirds height but the dado panelling on the wall at the end of the servery is from 2016. There is a stylish mosaic-tiled fireplace with Art Deco wood surround at one end and a tiled and wood surround fireplace at the other end that are both original. A number of original windows advertising ‘Luncheons & Snacks’, ‘Wines & Spirits’ survive. A former single WC also survived but now is a ‘baby changer’.
The Lounge bar in the middle, which is slightly opened-up to the main bar, also retains its original curved inter-war bar counter and Art Deco bar back fitting (most of lower shelving to fridges) with plenty of leaded glass windows around the servery. The room is lit by a leaded glass skylight and has more panelling on the walls to two-thirds height. Art Deco cornices survive here and elsewhere. There is another stylish mosaic-tiled fireplace with Art Deco wood surround.
The off sales shop remains but has been converted into a snug. Also on the east side of the pub is the Green Room where the original curved bar counter and bar back have been retained but are redundant so the counter acts as a long table for customers with bar stools on both sides of it. Dado panelling looks original.
The Assembly Room has been converted into another seating area having been fitted out with seating and tables in open booths but does retain the stage (adorned with a selection of musical instruments that were discovered during the pub’s restoration) and is lit by a clerestory. To serve this area some modern double doors were removed and a small bar counter added in the style of the inter-war ones. Lots of original timber doors with brass handles remain. Some toilets have original fittings.