A historic pub interior of national importance
Listed Status: IIWindermere Avenue
A rare opportunity to see how a typical, large, inter-war suburban pub was planned and fitted out. Of the three bars, the public is now only used for functions, leaving the saloon with lounge behind. Original features include the inner porches, bar counters and back fittings, wall panelling, wavy cornices and fireplaces. The only significant change has been the loss of the off-sales.
Right by South Kenton station this is a good place to see how a typical large, inter-war suburban pub was planned and fitted up. It was built in 1938 or 1939 and is a large, red-brick, Dutch-gabled structure. There are three bars. The public bar, facing Windermere Avenue, is only used for parties and other functions. On the station side there is a saloon bar with a lounge behind. Original features include the large inner porches, bar counters, back fittings, wall panelling, wavy cornices, doors between the saloon and lounge, fireplaces (charming pictorial tiles with windmills in the saloon fire surround), and, in the saloon, an advertising mirror over the fireplace with Courage cockerel and a clock: the shape of the top reflects that of the gables outside. Sadly the original tiling in the loos was covered over by new work in about 2013.
The only significant change is the loss of the off-sales compartment which has been incorporated into the public bar. The fixed seats are additions and the superstructures on the saloon and lounge counters look like work of the 1950s or 1960s.