Windermere

Greater London North West - South Kenton

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

Windermere Avenue
South Kenton
HA9 8QT

Tel: (020) 3632 0020

Email: Thewindermerepub@hotmail.com

Website http://windermerepub.com

Real Ale: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This is a largely intact example of a big inter-war suburban pub, built in 1938 or 1939 by the Courage Brewery for a new middle-class housing estate. There are three rooms. The public bar, facing Windermere Avenue, is now only used for parties and functions. On the station side is a saloon with a lounge behind. Here original features include the large inner porches, bar counters, back fittings, sleek wall panelling, wavy cornices, doors between the saloon and lounge, and fireplaces (in the saloon fire surround are charming pictorial tiles with windmills and an advertising mirror above with a Courage cockerel and a now-handless clock). The one major change has been the loss of the off-sales compartment, now incorporated into the public bar. The fixed seats are additions and the superstructures on the saloon and lounge counters, bearing the name of the pub, look to date from the 1950s or 1960s. Sadly, in recent times, the original tiling in the gents’ has been covered over by modern work.

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.

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