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A pub with a regionally important historic interior

A pub with a regionally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

SOMERSET - Kelston, Old Crown

An historic pub interior of regional importance

Bath Road, Kelston, BA1 9AQ

Directions: 3 miles from Bath on A431.

Tel: (01225) 423032

Website: http://oldcrownkelston.com/

Opening Hours: 3-11 Mon; 12-11 Tue-Sat; 12-10 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (Closed Mon & Tue; 12-9 Wed-Sat; 12-7 Sun)

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1288463

Listing Date: 1984

View this pub in WhatPub for full details of this pub's facilities

Late 18th-century coaching inn retaining two historic bars and still using its cash register handpumps on a daily basis. Until January 2016 these were the only known working set in regular use when they were joined by a renovated set being installed in a micro-pub, The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent.

On the left is the lounge bar with a flagstone floor, old, possibly Victorian bar counter, the bar-back fitting is unusual as the cupboards forming the bottom section are actually the main access to the ground floor cellar and at less than three feet high are a health and safety matter says the manager. The top half of the bar back looks modern. There are small settles either side of the small old fireplace and there is a small leaded glass panel above the right-hand part of the seating. Off the lounge are small dining rooms to the rear left and right, brought into use in recent years.

Through a latch door and small passage to the right is the public bar with a flagstone floor, another old, possibly Victorian bar counter with the set of four cash register handpumps dispensing Butcombe Bitter and real cider. The small room has old Victorian bar back shelves, ancient range fireplace, old dado panelling, and fixed seating. Though a doorway to the right is another small flagstone floor (which was a mortuary at one time) with a small old fireplace, ancient wall cabinets, old dado panelling and an old bench. There are some fine settles throughout the pub. The car park is across the busy A431 road.

Old Crown, Kelston
Old Crown, Kelston
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Old Crown, Kelston
Right Hand Bar
Old Crown, Kelston
Far Right Hand Room
Old Crown, Kelston
Left Hand Bar Fireplace
Old Crown, Kelston
Cash Register Hand Pumps