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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

WILTSHIRE - Salisbury, Haunch of Venison

An historic pub interior of national importance

1-5 Minster Street, Salisbury, SP1 1TB

Tel: (01722) 411313


Opening Hours: Mon - Thu: 11 - 11; Fri & Sat: 11 - midnight; Sun: 11 - 10

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Salisbury)

Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (Mon - Thu: 11 - 11; Fri & Sat: 11 - Midnight; Sun: 12 - 9)

Listed Status: Grade II*

List Entry Number: 1273531

Listing Date: 1952

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A pub of great antiquity and character. It is mainly 15th-century (whence the mighty timbers inside), altered in the 18th, and with an intact refitting in 1909. Right of the lobby is a tiny room, sometimes referred to as the ‘Ladies’ Snug’. It has a black and white stone floor, panelled walls with benches attached, and a rare pewter counter top. On this is mounted a wooden arch with beautiful inlaid brasswork and plates naming the maker as ‘H. Neale, Plumber, Salisbury’. On it are mounted ten taps to dispense spirits and fortified wines. Another bank of eight taps sit against the right-hand wall. Through a pair of narrow double doors the public bar (or ‘House of Commons’) has more black and white flooring, panelled walls, benches (with cupboards beneath) and another pewter counter-top. Beer is dispensed from hand-pumps at the back of the servery. Up some steps the ‘House of Lords’ has a low, beamed ceiling, panelled walls and inglenook fireplace, beside which is a former bread oven containing a grisly, mummified hand (supposedly of a cheating card-player). Up more stairs, the restaurant has two rooms, the right-hand one extending into a 16th-century merchant’s house.

Haunch of Venison, Salisbury
Pewter Bar Top and Row of Spirit Cocks