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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.

News

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

London, Fellowship Inn, Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, SE6 3BT. Fantastic news. This gigantic pub, dating from 1923-4, is to be restored by owners Phoenix Community Housing with the aid of a £3.8m Heritage Lottery Grant. It is thought to be the first pub built for a post-First World War London housing estate. Apart from the usual pub rooms, it included spaces for a wide variety of community facilities - hence the size. It acted as a training base for boxer Henry Cooper ahead of his 1963 fight with Cassius Clay. and its large theatre was graced by bands including Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Since the 1980s the Fellowship has fallen into serious disrepair, while Bellingham is today one of the UK's most deprived areas. Looks like it's going back to how it served the community 80 years ago. Absolutely brilliant! 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