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Britain's historic pub interiors - an introduction

Unspoilt pubs — here is your definitive guide to the nation's most important historic pub interiors. Since the 1960s few pubs have escaped major changes but this website helps you seek out the best historic examples we have left. They range from simple unaltered village pubs to glorious late-Victorian extravaganzas. Each is very special in its own way.

This list has been compiled by CAMRA's Pub Heritage Group and is the product of over twenty years careful research. It identifies pubs with intact traditional interiors or which have features and rooms of national importance.

To find pubs in your area of interest use search for historic pub interiors.

If you are a potential pub operator or owner, see the benefits of running a pub with an important historic interior.

If you are a planning official, review how we work to protect pubs with important historic interiors.

If you are a CAMRA member, and you would like to volunteer to help Pub Heritage Group, read about the surveying we do.

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London, CROCKER'S FOLLY, 24 Aberdeen Place, NW8 8JR. This opulent pub, closed since 2004, has now reopened with the focus on fine dining although you can still get a drink at the bar on the right (no real ale though). It was built in 1898-9 at the height of the great London pub-building boom and was fitted out accordingly: note especially the wonderful marble work in the central saloon. It was originally called the Crown but acquired its present name after a daft myth developed that the man who built it, Frank Crocker, had made a serious miscalculation. Having expected the Great Central Railway to terminate right by his great venture and thus generate terrific business, this never happened - ruin, disaster, despair - and he committed suicide. In fact, the route into Marylebone had been settled back in 1893 and Frank died a natural death, aged 41, in 1904! See the entry on this website

The Angel, 697 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, UB4 8HX is the lastest pub on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors to be granted Grade II listed status. It was rebuilt in 1926 by Fullers brewery and given a modest extension in 1937. Remarkably all four bars survive, along with the former off-sales compartment. It is still owned by Fullers whose ales, of course, are on sale. See the entry on this website

Feature Article

Britain's Best Real Heritage PubsBritain's Best Real Heritage Pubs is the definitive printed guide to CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pubs Interiors. Details of 270 pubs throughout the UK with interiors of real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century. It is the first time that these pubs have been collated into a single volume. Illustrated with high-quality photography, the guide’s extensive listings are the product of years of surveying and research by CAMRA volunteers dedicated to preserving and protecting our rich pub heritage. 288 pages with full-colour photography, easy-to-use listings and helpful mapping. Just £9.99 with a £2 discount for CAMRA members. Find out more and order at www.camra.org.uk