A historic pub interior of regional importance
Listed Status: Not listed9 Pudsey Street
Tucked away behind Lime Street Station, this pub retains much from an inter-war refitting in its two rooms and the passage between them from the front door. The passage has a timber and leaded glass partition wall, while the public bar is lined with panelling and retains its inter-war counter (but its top and the bar-back are replacements). The lounge bar has fixed seating all round with side baffles topped with leaded glazed panels and has fitted withbell-pushes. The pub used to be known as the Eagle, run by Mary ('Ma') Egerton, whence its present name. It was much frequented by artists performing at local theatres.
Tucked away behind Lime Street Station the pub retains much from an interwar refitting in its two rooms and passage from the front door to the rear. From a vestibule the passage with a timber and leaded glass partition wall on the left side has floor to ceiling interwar fielded panelling. A disused door on the right of the vestibule is possibly the original door to the public bar and a partition that separated it from the passage has been lost. (Or it could have been an off-sales as there is a disused door on the right that may have been the public bar entrance). The public bar retains its original counter, but has a new bar-back, new bar top and new pot shelf. It has interwar panelled walls but the seating appears post-war. The inner door has a letter 'B' on the inside and there is a letter 'C' over the doorway to the lounge on the left - these were a requirement of the licensing magistrates but are unusual for being letters, not numbers.
Off to the left and entered through a wide opening is the lounge with on either side baffles having 1930s leaded glass panels in the top. This largish room has a 1930s brick fireplace, 1930s fixed seating re-leatheretted with bell pushes all around in the wood panel above. Note the detail of the upper parts of the screen separating the room from the passage are repeated elsewhere in the main area of the pub – hence suggests a unified scheme. Mary Egerton, born in Ireland in 1863 took over the Eagle Hotel, as it was known. She encouraged the stars from the nearby Empire Theatre and on the walls of the lounge are many autographed images of legendary figures of stage and screen.
Refurbishment 2012 saw the removal of the interwar brick fireplace, replaced with a reproduction Victorian one and the fixed seating was re-leatheretted. The pub advertises itself as 'Ma Egerton's Stage Door as the Empire Theatre is next door - they also state 'Pre & Post Theatre drinks but no orders are taken for 'interval drinks'.