A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance where the interior has been ruined
Listed Status: Not listed84-86 Essex Road
A refurbishment has recently been carried out removing all historic fittings.
Please note - the photos are therefore out of date and the description is one written before the recent changes.
Three storey early Victorian building on corner of Essex Rd and Popham St. Outside frontage of sea green marbled tiles to sill height then plain green tiles above to roof height with lintels.
Inside it is a pub of two halves with initial remodelling in 1930s. The right hand part (fronting Popham St and Essex Rd) is the one that has some historic interest. Originally three rooms now largely opened out though the front (former public bar?) retains a partition separating it from the rest and cellar doors onto Essex Rd, plus 1930s panelling and woodwork. Bar, curved at each end, appears to be 1960s plywood with fancy metal work supporting the pot shelf and illuminated Formica fascia, though bar top appears to be 1930s work. Bar back again 1960s plywood construction. Black and white chequered trough around bar. Floor of pine boards with Stockholm tar but the parquet flooring has been removed. Some inter-war panelling in rear section but also a modern laminate partition. Some c.1960s bench seating. Dumb waiter in situ. Tongue and groove boarded ceiling throughout. Former off-licence door to street boarded up but clear indication of the service area inside. Left Hand bar and area fittings are salvage or modern items.