Historic Pub Interiors

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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally 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.

GREATER LONDON SOUTH EAST - London, Borough, George

An historic pub interior of national importance

77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH

Directions: Through a gateway off Borough High Street into a cobbled courtyard

Tel: (020) 7407 2056

Website: http://www.george-southwark.co.uk/

Opening Hours: 11-11

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London Bridge) and Bus Stop

Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (11-10; 12-9 Sun)

Listed Status: Grade I

List Entry Number: 1378357

Listing Date: 1950

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An amazing survivor from the days when Southwark was a major terminus for the coaching trade between London and southern England. The George was rebuilt in 1676 after a major fire in Southwark and is the last galleried coaching inn in London – but even this is but a fragment of its former self. It used to extend round the four sides of a courtyard – just as the New Inn in Gloucester does to this day. Part of it was demolished in 1889 to make way for the construction of railway warehousing. The galleries gave access to the first and second floor rooms have plain, white-painted balusters. The upstairs rooms are panelled and are particularly fine. Most of the pub’s spaces involve modern fittings but the first bar you come to has some of the oldest woodwork purpose-fitted for a pub anywhere (some of it might even date back to the rebuilding of the inn). The two fireplaces suggest it was two rooms at one time but they have been amalgamated.

The larger part of this room has a mighty fireplace and a glazed-in servery with vertical sashes. Inside you can see a now disused set of ‘cash-register’-style Victorian handpumps (the handles move in quadrant-shaped slots to draw the beer) - they are reported as still being in use in the 1970s. The maker’s name – South of Blackfriars Road – is prominent. A working set in daily use is at the Old Crown, Kelston, Somerset;

In the part nearest the road is full-height horizontal boarding; simple fixed seating against the walls and in the window; and an ancient fireplace with a wooden hood. The tap room houses a 'Parliament clock' - in 1797 a tax of five shillings was levied on people who possessed a watch or clock. Not surprisingly many disposed on their timepieces and relied on clocks in public places. The one at the George was one such. The pub is owned and leased out by the National Trust which acquired it in 1937.

George, London, Borough
George, London, Borough
Parliament Bar
George, London, Borough
Main Bar
George, London, Borough
Screened Servery
George, London, Borough
Cash Register Handpumps
George, London, Borough
Paliament Clock