Guest House

Merseyside - Southport

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

16 Union Street

Tel: (01704) 537660




Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Southport

Station Distance: 500m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Southport) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Built in 1909 this is an early example of ‘Brewers’ Tudor’ but also has attractive Arts & Crafts detailing around the entrance. Off the drinking lobby are three splendidly intact rooms. That on the right has screens (as in the lobby) but sadly the lower panels are lost (apart from one which is permanently closed). The rear room has a wide opening to the lobby under a pretty glazed fringe with coloured glass identical to that elsewhere. The bar-back and floor tiling are modern. The gents’ has not just one but two banks of urinals.

Built 1909 for Robert B Haslam of sandstone - a delightful example of early 20th-century 'Brewers' Tudor'. Above the entrance is an ornate plaster panel with raised lettering 'The Guest House' and stylised rose trees. The inner door is in a screen with lots of colourful stained and leaded panels. It retains its original layout of 3 rooms with lots of wood panelling and leaded glass. The public bar on the right has a four-section glazed screened counter which has lost three of its lower panels - the far right lower screen is permanently closed. The whole of the bar back is new from a sympathetic refurbishment in 2001. The public bar retains its original fireplace (with new tiles), original fixed seating, fielded dado panelling and bell pushes.

Front left room has a parquet floor, fielded panelling to two-thirds height, original fixed seating, a baffle and fire surround featuring two carvings featuring a serpent, but the tiles and fireplace are new. The rear left room has been opened-up to the passage to the toilets and a stained glass screen added, but does retain original fireplace (with modern stove) with bevelled mirror in mantelpiece, a baffle and most of the fixed seating. Gents has original terrazzo floor and, unusually, two sets of original urinals - four and another two at right angles, but the wall tiling is modern. It has even got a working Avery weighing machine that takes a 'new 10p' so it must date from at least the early 1970s. Upstairs a former music or billiard room has flower and leaf motifs in stained glass. Lots of colourful stained and leaded panes in exterior windows.

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