A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listed183 Victoria Road West
Tel: (01253) 853306
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
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A mighty inter-war edifice, built to cater both for visitors and a large middle-class estate. The heavy timber-work in the huge lounge imparts a quasi-baronial feel and everything else, including the original bar counter and Tudor-style stone fireplaces, is on the same scale. Internal screens now create seating areas to break up the cavernous space. A plain snug to the side has stained and leaded windows but nothing else of interest. The public bar has its original counter and bar-back whilst the corridor sports an Art Deco terrazzo floor and tiling to two-thirds height. The off-sales is still in situ but unused.
A large 1930s pub no doubt intended to serve both visitors and a large middle-class estate. It has a huge, mightily impressive lounge with heavy timber-work to create a quasi-baronial feel. Large original counter in anticipation of busy trade and possibly original bar back. Modern low internal screening with leaded glazed panels in the top to create seating areas to break up the spaces in addition to fixed seating along the exterior walls. Good Tudor arch stone fireplaces with brick infill on both left and right, half timbering on the walls. Toilets adjacent to the entrance with original tilework and six large urinals. Lobby leading to lounge has tiled walls. Plainer snug to the side with no old fittings apart from stained and leaded windows.
Public bar with original bar counter and bar back fitting but the fixed seating is modern. and, in the corridor, an interesting Art Deco style terrazzo floor design and tiles to two-thirds height. Gents has three old urinals, original tiled floor and tiled walls. Attractive stained glass panels in the windows conjuring up historic associations.The off-sales shop is still there but no longer in use.