Angelic

Greater London North - London

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

57 Liverpool Road
London, Barnsbury
N1 0RJ

Tel: (020) 7278 8433

Email: theangelic.islington@stonegatepubs.com

Website https://www.bestcitypubs.co.uk/theangelicislington

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAngelicIslington

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Essex Road

Station Distance: 1050m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Essex Road) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Former Watney Combe Reid Victorian pub. The prominent feature is a ceramic frieze which is displayed both in the left-hand part of the pub and above part of the servery: it has a cream surround and stylised floral detail. There is a fine six-bay, columned bar-back fitting (with modern modifications) facing on two sides with some semi-circular pediments and alternating balustrade. The bar counter seems original, and has seven opening sections: such doors were probably for servicing the beer engines in days past. The mosaic at the left corner entrance is extended on the left to a what would have been a corridor off which various drinking compartments would have been accessed.

There are good things to discover here even though this imposing corner-site former Watney Combe Reid re-built pub has been much modernised and opened out. It seems to date from the late Victorian years and this is certainly true of the surviving fittings. At that time there would have been at least five internal divisions, as suggested by the numerous external doors. The big delight is a prominent ceramic frieze which is displayed both in the left-hand part of the pub and above part of the servery: it has a cream surround and stylised floral detail.

There is a fine six-bay, columned bar-back fitting (with modern modifications) facing on two sides with some semi-circular pediments and alternating balustrade. The bar counter seems original but is now painted a lurid blue. If one looks closely it is evident there were seven opening sections (see the hinges and keyholes): such door are explained by the intention of servicing the beer engines in days past but why they are so numerous here (and absent on the left-hand side) is a bit of mystery.

Note the mosaic at the corner entrance. It is extended on the left to a what would have been a corridor off which various drinking compartments would have been accessed. If you look closely at the counter on the right-hand side, at the corner is a slot which would have no doubt housed a partition on this side of the pub.

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