A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listed356 Footscray Road
Built 1897 (in colourful plasterwork on the top right hand gable of the building) by Reffell’s Bexley Brewery Ltd. (taken over by Courage & Co in 1956). Two-storey building of yellow brick with colourful plasterwork detail in the first floor and ground floor porch gables of a beehive, flowers and in the first floor one the wording ‘The Beehive’. Although now opened-up there are many original fittings remaining.
The right hand entrance leads to a large room with the original bar counter curved at both ends with the front now painted cream with black along the base and an old bar top however it appears to have been shortened on the right as there is no counter in front of the right hand section of the bar back. The original eight-bay bar back fitting survives with mirrored panels and doors in bays two and seven with good etched glass and a frieze along the top. Most of the lower shelving has been lost to fridges. The dado panelling around the walls looks old but has been painted cream and on the right is a tiled, cast iron and marble fireplace which looks old/original but the interior is probably modern. A wide gap has been cut between the right and left hand areas of the pub.
The left hand entrance has a grand porch and leads to another large room which was clearly sub-divided originally. In the vestibule entrance there are doors with deep etched wording of “Private Bar’ and ‘Bottles & Jugs’ and there are more doors down the left hand side and a ‘Coffee Room’ panel now at the end of the bar back fitting. There is a similar bar counter curved at both ends with the front now painted cream with black along the base and an old bar top. The bar back fitting has a number of mirrored panels and a centre-piece that looks like 4 snob screens; some of the lower shelving has been lost to fridges. There is a good baffle / screen wit a decorative etched and frosted panel situated near the ladies’ at the left end of the room. There are two marble surround fireplaces with the one at the rear having an early 20th century red glazed brick interior and an ornate mantelpiece; the one at the front has a modern tiled interior. The conservatory on the left is a modern addition.