Three star - A pub interior of exceptional national historic importance
This pub is currently closed (since 30/04/2019)
Planning permission for change of use to residential agreed in 2021 so almost certainly lost.
Listed Status: B123 Main Street
Tel: (01389) 752088
Nearby Station: Alexandria
Station Distance: 200m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Alexandria)
View on: Whatpub
UPDATE 2020 The pub is closed and planning permission has been granted for conversion to residential. It is therefore highly unlikely that it will reopen.
Built in 1893, this down-to-earth drinkers’ pub occupies the ground floor of a two-storey tenement. Behind the rather rundown frontage is an interesting interior. The panelled bar has a sweeping semi-circular counter and an elaborate ceiling and cornices. The gantry against the side wall houses spirit casks in each of its four bays: unusually, each has two taps and must be divided internally. There is also a free-standing central gantry within the servery for bottles, glasses etc. Opposite is a lovely mirror advertising Old Oak Tree whisky. On the left is an intact but disused jug and bottle compartment. At the rear were two sitting rooms (it seems that once there were two more on the right) both opened up to the bar: the left one has slatted seating but that to the right was recently opened out, and is devoid of seating.
CURRENTLY CLOSED Built in 1893, this pub occupies the ground floor of a two-storey tenement in a somewhat unprepossessing area. Behind the rather run-down frontage is an interesting interior. The unspoilt, panelled public bar has a sweeping semi-circular, panelled counter and a very elaborate ceiling and cornices. The gantry against the side wall houses old spirit casks in each of its four bays: unusually, each one has two taps and is, presumably, divided internally. There is also a free-standing gantry for bottles, glasses etc.
On the left of the pub at the front is an intact jug and bottle compartment. There are old advertising mirrors including a painted and gilded one for Old Oak Tree Whisky above the modern, rough stone fireplace. At the rear there are two sitting rooms (it seems that, originally, there were two more on the right of the pub) with floor to ceiling panelling, but the left one has been opened up to the bar (note the slatted seating). A new lounge is being built at the rear.