A historic pub interior of national importance
Listed Status: II96 Ladbroke Grove
Tel: (020) 7229 5663
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Shepherd's Bush
Station Distance: 1450m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Shepherd's Bush) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
Although spectacular Victorian ornamentation can be found throughout the pub, the star performer is the room screened off from the corner bar by an exuberant timber and glass screen which is itself a wonder to behold. The bar-back displays a rare richness with its gilded mirrors and frieze of bas-relief apples. On the side wall are coloured tile strips and more gilded mirrors. The large lounge at the back has fine rounded counter and dado panelling. What a pity about the cheap modern replacement bar back in the corner bar.
Rebuilt in 1867, architects Hammack & Lambert,it was refurbished in 1898. A pub with some spectacular Victorian ornamentation on the corner of a busy junction near to Ladbroke Grove tube station. Three distinct rooms are still clearly discernible although they are now interlinked. The star performer is the room in the northern part which is screened off from the corner bar by a wonderful timber and glass screen of exceptional exuberance. The grey etched parts, gilded patterns and facetted jewel-like details gleam and sparkle. CAMRA is unaware of any other pub screen like it. Then there is a bar-back of rare richness, embellished with seventeenth-century detailing, gilded mirrors and a frieze of bas-relief apples. Finally, on the side wall come coloured tile strips and more gilded mirrors displaying foliage, hops, butterflies and birds in flight.
The counters are original too and are classic examples of that curious feature found in London pubs but not, apparently, elsewhere – doors to allow the servicing of the beer engines in times gone by. At the back of the pub is a large lounge with a rounded counter and fielded dado panelling round the walls. It has a skylight over the rear part. A sadness at this pub is the modern replacement in the corner bar of the Victorian bar-back by a hideous cheap affair with metal uprights. Behind the servery is an office with some fine decorative glass.