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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
A marvellous 1930s survival which combines Art Deco internal styling with one of the best, and most interesting, examples of the northern drinking lobby. Rebuilt in 1932 for Samuel Webster & Son, one of Halifax’s leading brewers of the day, 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. The drinking lobby is a superb centrepiece from which three rooms and the servery all radiate.The lobby itself is the only octagonal version 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 won the pub a prestigious national conservation award in 2007. The kitchen and living room on the plan were brought into public use early in 2014 and, although their character is very different from the 1930s rebuild, the work is of quality and is suitably distanced from the inter-war treasures. The Three Pigeons was statutorily listed in 2010, following a successful application by CAMRA.