Wiltshire - Marlborough

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

5-6 The Parade

Tel: (01672) 512668



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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An old coaching inn, purchased by Wadworths in 1905 – the plan from this time is on the wall. The fine bar-back in the front bar, with shelves held up by slender columns on a mirrored back, is probably from that time while the counter and parquet floor look inter-war. Wooden casks are stillaged behind the bar but, sadly, these are now just for show since Wadworths recently stopped supplying beer ‘from the wood’. Gaps either side of the fireplace lead to a room also with an inter-war counter and attractive bar-back plus old fixed seating. A final 1930s counter is in the small rear room.

Old coaching inn where a plan on the wall dating from 1905, when the pub was purchased by Wadworths, shows a bar at the front, living room behind with a tap room on the other side of the coaching arch where the toilets are now situated. The front bar has a parquet floor, old, possibly inter-war, counter, and a fine bar-back fitting possibly dating from the early 20th century (i.e. just after Wadworths purchased the pub). It consists of shelves held up by slender columns on a mirrored back. Under the shelving are a stillage of wooden casks dispensing Wadworths 6X and Henrys IPA cooled by in-cask probes. This is one of only a handful of pubs where you can still witness 'beer being drawn from the wood', as few breweries still use wooden casks. The room has some old, possibly early 20th-century benches and a scrubbed table. gaps either side of a modern open brick fireplace lead to another room with similar inter-war counter and another fine mirrored bar back with shelves held up by slender pillars. The fixed seating here looks to be from Victorian times but re-upholstered. A doorway leads to a small rear room with another inter-war counter and more modern fireplace. Much modernisation overall with bare brick walls, opening out, counter canopy etc etc.

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