A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: II8 Sugnall Street
This small pub and former hotel has two public rooms separated by a corridor-cum-drinking lobby. It boasts some excellent etched glass, notably the curved panel of a Renaissance courtier, labelled 'music' in a partition alongside the inner door. The still-working sashes forming the five-bay screen that reaches to the ceiling between the drinking lobby and the servery is notable. Sadly the original bar back was removed when the pub was closed between 2003 and 2006 so and what we see today is modern work. On the left is the high-ceilinged smoke room (so named in the etched glass).
Part of a three-storey terrace of eight houses built in the second quarter of the 19th century in what is now an up and coming area of historic Liverpool. This small pub and former hotel has two public rooms separated by a corridor-cum-drinking lobby with a red herringbone with black edging quarry tiled floor. The pub boasts some excellent etched glass, notably the curved panel of a Renaissance courtier entitled 'music' in a partition alongside the inner door. There is also excellent etched and cut glass depicting a variety of birds in waterside settings in the still-working sashes forming the five-bay screen that reaches to the ceiling between the drinking lobby and the servery. They act as a series of three hatches for service to the lobby and also serve the smoke room; the far right one is not used; and the far left one is just a panel over the doorway to the bar servery.
The Bar on the right has a door with a 'Bar' etched window and stained and leaded panel above, front windows with 'Hotel' 'Bar' in two of four decorative etched windows. This room with an amazingly limited space for drinkers retains its early twentieth century curved bar front and the front wall has pink painted tongue 'n' groove panelling with wall benches attached on the right hand side. However, the bar-back fitting is all modern work – the original basic bar back having been removed when it closed as a pub in 2003-6 and became offices although its statutory listed status preserved the rest of the interior. In its place is a new door in the middle leading to a bottle store, and on the left the shelving is partly old and partly new. The fireplace is also modern work and the exterior door on the right is no longer used.
On the left is the high-ceilinged Smoke Room which has a 'Smoke Room' etched window in the door. and set of front windows. It retains a wood surround fireplace possibly dating from 1910-20 but the tiles are modern. Panelled walls have replaced the tiled dado in recent years (old photos seen) and the seating is modern. The toilets off the lobby have been modernised.