Lord Palmerston252 Forest Road
Large corner-site Edwardian pub of two floors, constructed of red brick with some glazed tiling on the ground floor wall. The pub name is depicted in bas relief terracotta on the first floor corner facing.
The corner door is signed as the public bar; unused door on Palmerston Rd led to a saloon bar to the right of the public bar, but now a single room. Tiled fireplace at the back of the room. The unused door has a screen with etched/cut glass either side that look original.
The servery sits between the public/saloon bar and the lounge bar. The bar back is original mahogany, with five mirror-backed bays on both the public/saloon and lounge bar sides, carved wooden posts separating the bays, and concave wooden frame at the top. Lower shelving lost to fridges. An original dumb waiter is at the end of the bar back, now disused and containing drinks bottles, etc. Bar counter also looks original, with extravagant pilasters and fielded panelling with arched tops. Tell-tale key holes in the counter front show where hinged panels would have allowed access to and servicing of the beer engines.
The public bar has matchboard panelling on the dado, but now painted cream. A wall separates the public bar from the lounge bar to the left, with a normal sized doorway, with a door in situ which doesn't look original. Also separating the public bar from the saloon bar is a large baffle (approx six feet high and the total width of the counter) on the counter top adjoining the separating wall, containing etched/cut glass panels with arched tops.
Behind the servery is a door leading to the kitchen and private rooms, framed and surmounted by mahogany surrounds in the same design as the bar back, and with a mirror backed bay to either side.
To the left part of the lounge a wooden screen with fielded panelling and framed openings to the upper parts separates that part of the lounge into two distinct areas. The area on the left has a plain fireplace, while the area on the right has a tiled fireplace and staircase to the first floor.
Behind the lounge is another large room (ex billiard room possibly - labelled as a pool room on 2007 floor plans). Antique cabinet at the back containing sporting trophies.
The Lord Palmerston featured on the GOBLIN - Daytime Crawl of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line on 20 October 2018.
The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Lord Palmerston