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.
HEREFORDSHIRE - Kington, Olde Tavern (Ye)
An historic pub interior of national importance
22 Victoria Road, Kington, HR5 3BX
Opening Hours: Not weekday lunchtimes
Real Ale & Cider:Real ales from Hobsons, Ludlow and Wye Valley breweries
Public Transport:Buses to/from Hereford until late (operated by Sargents of Kington)
Accomodation:None. YHA Kington Hostel nearby
CAMRA Awards:Herefordshire CAMRA and Marches Area POTY 2009
Listed Status:Grade II
The Jones family owned this pub from 1884 to 2002 and, thankfully, did little to change it over the years. You enter by a lobby, still with its off-sales facility. The small public bar, to the left, is the chief interest here. It retains a Victorian or very early 20th-century feel thanks to the simple fittings - high counter, bar back, fixed seating, panelling, and a built-in cupboard next to the (probably) inter-war fireplace. Right of the lobby, the second room, with flagstone floor and service via a stable door, once housed a mighty settle. Sadly this was destroyed in 2002 to create more trading space but its footprint survives. At the rear, what was a third room became toilets in 2002.