A historic pub interior of national importance
Listed Status: II109 Alfred Gelder Street
Rebuilt in 1904 for the Hull Brewery Company by architects Freeman, Son & Gaskell, the White Hart was given a classy frontage to Alfred Gelder Street (itself newly opened in 1901) and fitted out in the manner of a smaller Edwardian drinking ‘palace’. Its beautifully-preserved front lounge boasts a fine mahogany back-fitting with glazed-towered cupboards which is possibly unique. It also boasts a spectacular curved ceramic-fronted counter, one of only fourteen such examples now left in the whole UK and probably a product of the Burmantofts company of Leeds; another, by the same architects for the same brewery client, can also be found in Hull at the Polar Bear (see facing page). This same room also retains all its wood panelling and seating while the entrance lobby is complete with its original doors and floor tiling. Until the 1980s the pub's rear parts had separate rooms, including a back public bar with yet another curved tiled counter – all now lost to modern alteration and opening-up.
This former Hull Brewery house was rebuilt in 1904 (architects Freeman, Son & Gaskell) and well-appointed in the manner of a smaller Edwardian drinking ‘palace’. Although Edwardian character was eroded from the pub’s back parts by remodelling in the 1970s, it is beautifully preserved in the front bar - an outstanding room that has all its original wood-panelling and bench seating a fine mahogany bar back-fitting with impressive glazed-towered cupboards and, spectacularly, a rare ceramic-fronted bar-counter (almost identical to the one at Garden Gate, Leeds, by Burmantofts). Only fourteen remain in the whole of the UK and a further such counter from is to be found at another Hull pub, the Polar Bear on Spring Bank.
Other Heritage Pubs with a ceramic bar counter are the Black Horse, Preston, Lancashire; Burlingtons Bar (at the Town House), St Annes on Sea, Lancashire; Mountain Daisy, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear; Red Lion, Erdington, Birmingham; Polar Bear, Hull, East Yorkshire; Garden Gate, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire; Golden Cross, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales; Crown, Belfast, Northern Ireland Other examples can be found at Horse & Jockey, Wednesbury, West Midlands where a small part on the left has been lost; Castle, Manchester City Centre; Hark to Towler, Tottington, Greater Manchester where the bar has been moved; Waterloo Hotel & Bistro, Newport, Gwent, Wales which has no public bar facility; and there is one in China Red which was the Coach & Horses, Dunswell, East Yorks and now operates as a Chinese Restaurant.
The entrance lobby too has original doors and floor tiling. (Note: the back room boasted its own ornate, ceramic counter too - until the 1970s). What a pity the rear parts of the pub have been opened up.