A historic pub interior of national importance
This pub is permanently closed (since 01/03/2018)
Listed Status: IIHorns Lane
OS ref: SD575391
Tel: (01772) 865230
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
View on: Whatpub
This rather isolated, hard-to-find pub has long been a wayside inn. A stone outside is dated 1782 but the structure may well be older. The interior was last significantly changed in the mid-1950s when a partition was removed from between the public bar and a corridor to create what is now the main bar in front of the servery (its brick frontage is probably interwar). The counter still has its functioning sliding screens. However, the star feature is the area behind it, where customers and serving staff actually co-exist in the same space. The door into it is marked ‘Private’ so as a courtesy ask if it is possible to sit there (it generally is). The only other known surviving examples of this rare arrangement are at the Bridge Inn, Topsham, Devon, and the Arden Arms, Stockport. This small room has a baffle at the entrance, a brick and wood fireplace, old shelving, a panelled dado and a carved settle. There are some good features elsewhere, notably the fine plasterwork to the small dining room ceiling. On-site brewing began in March 2013.
An inn dating from 1782 - the rings for tethering horses are still to be found near the entrance - and was originally part of a working farm. This pub appears to have been refitted in the inter-war period (possibly immediate post-war) and retains a rare snug (or 'parlour bar') where customers sit behind the bar counter while bar staff serve from the same room/space. Ye Horns Inn has been in the same family ownership since 1952 and the last change was in the mid 1950s when a partition that originally separated the main public bar from a corridor in front of the servery was removed.
The servery has an intact screened bar still with three rising panels, two of which are locked in an open position. The counter front is of classic 1930s brick in three sections separated by wooden strips. The door into the snug or room behind the servery is marked 'Private' so ask if it is possible to sit in this area - in the UK there are only two other similar rooms hidden behind the bar servery - the 'Inner Sanctum' at the Bridge, Topsham, Devon and the 'Select' at the Arden Arms, Stockport, Greater Manchester. This small room has a baffle as you enter, a brick and carved wood surround fireplace from the inter-war period, above it bar back shelving which looks like it could date from the 1930s, a panelled dado and a carved settle.
In front of the servery the main room is small with old fixed seating in one corner, a brick/stone fireplace that could date from the 1970s with a copper trim at floor level and a settle. To the left of the passage from the front entrance are two small dining rooms - the front one has the figure '4' on the door and has lost its fireplace; the rear one has '5' on the door and a 1950s brick fireplace. In the passage there is a small hatch with leaded windows for service from the side of the bar. Through a door to the right with '3' on the back of it is a hall leading from the side door on Inglewhite Lane and off this another small dining room which has a '1' on the door, a fine plasterwork ceiling and a inter-war tiled and wood surround fireplace. There is a large dining room on the first floor with another 1950s brick fireplace and also another small dining room.