Rose & Crown65 Union Street
Although this pub is not a listed building, it is recognised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as having an historic interior of Some Regional Importance, and the description is as follows: "Rebuilt in inter-war times of brick with a polished stone ground-floor exterior. Originally three rooms and an off-sales it still retains two around a U-shaped servery and a lot of original fittings. There are four vestibules which were added in the 1990s.
On the left the bar retains the original bar counter including a terrazzo trough around the base. There is a dado of inter-war fielded panelling including a wood-surround fireplace but the tiles and grate are modern. The modern seating and bright laminate floor detracts. A doorway leads to the larger bar on the right (Ayres Street) side.
There were originally two small rooms with an off sales in between them hence the three entrances. The original counter remains as does most of the lower bar back shelving (part lost for a tall fridge) but the top section appears wholly modern. There is a dado of inter-war fielded panelling including a wood-surround fireplace but the tiles and grate are modern. Around the back of the servery there is a still in use dumb-waiter. An archway has been cut to access the toilets – there was a passageway from the smaller bar but this is now blocked-up. Upstairs has recently been converted into hostel accommodation.
The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Rose & Crown
The Pub Heritage Group link is here: PHG/Rose & Crown
The Rose & Crown features on the Evening Tour of Former Courage Pubs in Southwark, Borough and Bermondsey .