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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.

WEST MIDLANDS - Smethwick, Waterloo

An historic pub interior of national importance

Shireland Road, Smethwick, B66 4RQ

Tel: None


Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Rolfe Street) and Bus Stop

Listed Status: Grade II*

List Entry Number: 1261644

Listing Date: 1995

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Pub closed for some time

Closed: 01/01/2011

The Waterloo was built as a flagship pub-hotel in 1907 for Mitchells & Butlers whose now-demolished brewery was close by. Their architects, Wood & Kendrick, whom they often employed, provided a lavish Edwardian Baroque exterior for this prominent corner site. The interior features stunning tilework. It covers the walls of the public bar and even the ceiling. The counter and bar-back are good, original work too. However, the really spectacular room is the Grill Room in the basement which was a restaurant and has its original grill and all-over tiling. The pub was sold in late 2012 but still nothing is known of its owner’s intentions. The listing was upgraded to II* in 1999 following joint CAMRA/English Heritage fieldwork.

Waterloo, Smethwick
Public Bar