Owl & Hitchhiker

Greater London North - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

471 Holloway Road
London, Holloway
N7 6LE

Tel: (020) 8161 0150

Email: HELLO@OWLANDHITCHHIKER.PUB

Website https://www.owlandhitchhiker.pub/

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Finsbury Park

Station Distance: 1400m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Finsbury Park)

View on: Whatpub

Three-storey building of c.1860 with late Victorian interior which was subject to a sympathetic renovation in 2016 by the Distinct Pub Co. and retains a good amount of Victorian fittings. There is an elaborately carved bar back fitting of two bays on the left return, four main bays on the front, then two narrow bays on the right return and another three main bays at the far right. The listed description states the bar back has much engraved glass which appears to have been lost many years ago - what now looks like gilded mirrors throughout has been created by the addition of transfers. All along the top of the bar back are narrow gilded panels advertising drinks that are clearly replacements for the Victorian originals. Most lower shelving has been replaced by fridges. Ceiling supported by cast-iron columns with Corinthian capitals.

Three-storey building of c.1860 with late Victorian interior which was subject to a sympathetic renovation in 2016 by the Distinct Pub Co. and retains a good amount of Victorian fittings. There is an elaborately carved bar back fitting of two bays on the left return, four main bays on the front, then two narrow bays on the right return and another three main bays at the far right. The listed description states the bar back has much engraved glass which appears to have been lost many years ago - what now looks like gilded mirrors throughout has been created by the addition of transfers. All along the top of the bar back are narrow gilded panels advertising drinks that are clearly replacements for the Victorian originals. Most lower shelving has been replaced by fridges. Ceiling supported by cast-iron columns with Corinthian capitals.

The long bar counter is the original panelled one but painted a deep blue colour and it has a highly polished bar top which may also be the original recently refurbished. There are good vestibules on front left and right but the glazing looks all modern being plain, or has had transfers added. On the front wall are a number of small narrow gilded advertisements which appear genuinely old. The fixed seating of indeterminate age has been recovered recently. It was recently opened-up to the rear left where is some old fixed seating and the Victorian-style fireplace may be original to the pub.

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