The Portland Arms in Chesterton Road was rebuilt in 1930 to the designs of Basil Oliver, a notable pub architect and author of "The Renaissance of the English Public House". It was built for the brewers Barclay Perkins in a style known as the "Improved Public House". There were originally more rooms than you see today; the current lounge was formerly two rooms and the bar counter, now much shortened, served both. The space occupied by the kitchen used to be a snug and there was also a "bottle and jug" for off-sales. The public bar and concert room are essentially intact and the lounge still has much original panelling and a fine fireplace. This is another pub with excellent Greene King ales (including XX Mild).
The Rose and Crown on Newmarket Road, the exterior of which is quite similar to the Portland. This has kept two bars but there has been a considerable amount of internal alteration.
The Golden Hind in Milton Road. Sadly, it was trashed in the mid-Eighties, though some vestiges of the former opulent interior remain, notably the skylight over the bar and the arcading adjacent to the garden. Another Golden Hind was built to the exact same design in Ipswich and survived intact until a few years ago, when it was tragically modernised/vandalised by Pubmaster.
The Free Press in Prospect Row, I hear some people say? Well, what you see now is a faithful reproduction of much of the original interior which, by 1975, had been gutted in preparation for demolition as part of the Kite redevelopment. Good sense prevailed, the pub was reprieved, and the interior re-fitted; the left hand bar and snug are the more authentic copies. Another reliable real ale outlet, hence its regular spot in the Good Beer Guide.
The Fort St George in England on Midsummer Common which, though much altered and enlarged over the years, still has considerable charm. Especially notable is the snug to the right of the main entrance which has some wonderful ancient panelling and a good tiled floor. Once again, top-notch cask ales to complement the surroundings; the drop of Bateman XXXB I had here was my "Pint of the Month" for October.
Next time we'll have a look at the surviving heritage interiors in our rural area.