The National Pub Design Awards - 2016 Winners
The year the Conservation Award goes to THE SCOTTISH STORES in KING'S CROSS, LONDON. The Scottish Stores, listed Grade II, was designed by the architects Wylson and Long in 1900-1. Once renamed The Haunch of Venison – on account of the joints of deer meat hung in the bar waiting to be bought by visiting Scotsmen, fresh off the King's Cross train – in the 1980s the pub was restyled yet again as The Flying Scotsman, after the eponymous train run by the station across the road. Less edifyingly, the pub also became celebrated during these years as one of the last remaining strippers' pubs in London.
In 2015, however, the pub was rechristened with its original name, and its three distinct bars impressively conserved by architects. The Jacobethan-styled woodwork in the servery has been sympathetically restored, as have the coloured lithographs of hunting scenes by Cecil Aldin of 1900, set into frames in the panelling. And a northern, café-style extension has been sensitively added with no effect on the historic fabric. All in all a splendid example of how to bring a much-loved urban landmark back to life.
Refurbishment Award & Joe Goodwin Award
The Refurbishment award – along with CAMRA's the Joe Goodwin award – goes this year to the THE TIM BOBBIN in BURNLEY, LANCS. This handsome stone building dates back to 1701; but in the 1960s it was (along with so many others) insensitively ‘restored' – its original room plan obliterated in favour of a one-room bar – and by the 1990s looked very tired and sad. Now Samuel Smiths' in-house architects have rescued this prominent pub through an excellent refurbishment. The pub's multi-room plan has been restored; high-quality materials have been used; and local contractor Parkinson & Hartley's craftsmanship has been of the highest order. (The main bar area has, for example, been laid with stone flags which were carefully brought up from the cellar.) As one of the panel judges commented, ‘It feels like a rare survival rather than the careful reinstatement of walls and features that it is.' A worthy winner indeed.
Refurbishment Award – Commended
Commended in the Refurbishment category is THE SHIP in SHALESMOOR, SHEFFIELD. This stunning Edwardian street-corner pub – originally built, as the superb tiled frieze boasts, for Tomlinson's Anchor Brewery – did not fare well in the 1960s, either. Its interior was allowed to deteriorate as its surrounding community was bulldozed and it found itself perched on the edge of a busy ring road. Having been shut for many years, though, the pub has now been restored by architects to its Edwardian glitz and glitter. Fittingly, The Ship once more dominates this important quarter of Sheffield.