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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.
NORTHUMBERLAND - Berwick-on-Tweed, Free Trade
An historic pub interior of national importance
75 Castlegate, Berwick-on-Tweed, TD15 1LF
Tel: (01289) 306498
Opening Hours: 8-11 Mon; Closed Tue; 8-11 Wed-Fri; 1-11 Sat; 12-10.30 Sun
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Berwick upon Tweed) and Bus Stop
Listed Status: Grade II
List Entry Number: 1264036
Listing Date: 1994
This is a wonderful survival of a traditional small urban pub, said to date from 1767 (the 1849 datestone to the left refers only to now demolished tenement buildings at the rear). The pub was refitted around 1910 and displays a very unusual layout. This features a partition, with iron stays attached to the ceiling, forming a corridor down the left-hand side, which leads to a tiny former off-sales in the middle of the pub. The public bar at the front is L-shaped and is wood panelled; retains its (presumably) 1910 bar counter, bar-back (with drawers and shelves held up by fluted pilasters), seating with bell-pushes and period fireplace with green tiles and touches of Art Nouveau-style detail. The front window has attractive stained glass. The rear room was a smoke room but is now used for pool and has wall panelling. This room has bell-pushes and an attractive brick and tile fireplace probably installed just before or after the Second World War.