Man of Kent

4 Nunhead Green
Nunhead
SE15 3QF

Although this pub is not a listed building, it is on CAMRA’s London Regional Inventory of Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest and the description is as follows: “This basic local is one of many pubs rebuilt by London brewer, Truman’s, between the wars (see their eagle emblem high up on the building). It seems to date from the 1930s and was designed in a (loosely) Neo-Georgian style. It has the faïence facing on the ground floor that was so popular at the time. Paradoxically the interest of the interior lies in its modesty. This guide has many ornate and well crafted interiors. These have had greater chances of survival than simpler schemes which were run up on the cheap and that’s exactly what we have here. The wall panelling is utilitarian ply and the bar counter is very similar although there is a band near the top imitating a more luxurious veneer. Much of the original layout can still be discerned with an L-shaped serving area with two rooms forming an L-shape on the roadsides and a square room behind (now used for games). The former has a counter for service, the latter a hatch. Other original features are the pretty coloured glazing in the windows, doors in the bar counter and no doubt some of the loose chairs. A more modern (perhaps 1970s) curiosity is the raked bar stools which look as though they ought to defy gravity. A modern travesty (it has to be said) is the louvered screenwork at the bottom of the windows, cheaply made and producing a gloomy sense of secrecy which was never the intention of 1930s pub builders.”

The Man of Kent featured on the Daytime Crawl of South East London in June 2007, and the Lunar Odyssey: From the Asylum to the Half Moon: Daytime Crawl of Peckham, Nunhead, Dulwich and Herne Hill in October 2017.

The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Man of Kent

The Pub Heritage Group link is here PHG/Man of Kent

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