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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.

YORKSHIRE (WEST) - Halifax, Three Pigeons

An historic pub interior of national importance

11 Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax, HX1 2LX

Tel: (01422) 347001


Opening Hours: 4-11 Mon-Thu; Noon-11.00 Fri-Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1393725

Listing Date: 2010

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A marvellous little Thirties survival which combines Art Deco internal styling with one of the best, and most interesting, examples of the northern stand-up 'drinking lobby'. Rebuilt in 1932 for Samuel Webster & Son, one of Halifax's leading brewers of that time, and designed by local architects Jackson & Fox (who undertook all of Websters' commissions between the Wars) the Three Pigeons preserves an interior that is rare and remarkable. Its layout is unusual, with the drinking lobby as a superb little centrepiece from which three rooms and the servery all radiate. The lobby itself, moreover, is the only octagonal version of its type now known to survive.

There is much else to delight: flush-panelling in oak veneer, stylish metal-ribbon signage on doors, geometric patterning in the lobby's terrazzo floor and stepped plasterwork to its 'dome' (echoing the room cornices). Also noteworthy are the timber fire surrounds, fitted seating throughout, and a good bar back-fitting with mirrored panels, one featuring a vintage advertisement for ‘Green Label’ beer. A sensitive restoration in 2006 won a prestigious national conservation award for current owners Ossett Brewery, and the pub was statutorily listed in 2010, following a successful application by CAMRA. Both the 2006 scheme and a further sympathetic refurbishment carried out in early 2014 have successfully created extra pub rooms (from former private accommodation at the rear) without compromising the pub’s essential historic core.

Three Pigeons, Halifax
Three Pigeons, Halifax
Three Pigeons, Halifax
Lounge and Hall
Three Pigeons, Halifax
Bar back-fitting
Three Pigeons, Halifax
Door Panel