Cock & Bottle

Dorset - East Morden

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

Morden
East Morden
BH20 7DL

Tel: (01929) 459238

Email: cockandbottle@btconnect.com

Website http://www.cockandbottlemorden.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

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The remarkable Happy Chatter's Bar here is the result of a ‘theming’ exercise carried out by Hall & Woodhouse brewery in the 1950s and is almost certainly the last remaining example. It has a bare wood floor and, from the refit, a distinctive counter and a large fireplace where brick has been added to an older stone one. There is bench and window seating attached to a panelled dado, a splendid high -backed settle adjacent to the fireplace and a chunky two-seat bench. The bar-back has been altered in more recent years. To the right of the public bar is a small area once part of the former off-sales. Right of the entrance, a separate small lounge has old dado panelling and a small counter front from the 1950s with what is no more than a hatch above (currently filled in by a cabinet). The pub was massively extended to the left around 1990 when a former cellar and garages were replaced by a brick extension to create the new lounge and dining areas.

The Happy Chatter's Bar at the Cock & Bottle is little altered since a refitting in the 1950s. It has a door from the front of the building but is usually accessed from the modern lounge part of the building, where the door has a '2' on it. This remarkable surviving small room has a bare wood floor, a distinctive 1950s bar counter, more modern bar back shelving, and a large fireplace where 1950s brick has been added to an older stone one. Seating consists of bench and window seating attached to a panelled dado, a splendid high backed settle adjacent to the fireplace and two Publican's Rustic chunky wooden chairs on the opposite side of it. On the right hand side of the public bar there remains a small area being part of the former off-sales - the front door led to the off sales part of the counter and the door to the public bar was to the left of the entrance, where there is now a wall with a dart board on it and a screened off area.

On the right of the entrance is a separate small lounge with old dado panelling and a small counter front from the 1950s with what is no larger than a hatch above. The pub was massively extended to the left in c.1990 when a former cellar and garages were replaced by a brick extension to create the new lounge and dining areas. This has been done tastefully with some full height panelled walls and a couple of tiny annexes; the dado being formed from panels found in the roof of the garage. The toilets were also brought inside at this time.

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