Conservation Winner – Scottish Stores, London
The Scottish Stores, a Grade II listed building, was designed by architects Wylson and Long in 1900-1. This much-loved urban landmark was brought back to life in 2015 when its three distinct bars were impressively conserved. The Jacobethan-styled woodwork in the server has been sympathetically restored, as have the coloured lithographs of hunting scenes by Cecil Aldin (1900), set into frames in the panelling.
Refurbishment & Joe Goodwin Award Winner – Tim Bobbin, Burnley
A handsome stone building, Tim Bobbin, dates to 1701, but in the 1960s it was insensitively ‘restored’ and by the 1990s looked very tired and sad. Samuel Smiths’ in-house architects have rescued this prominent pub through an excellent refurbishment. The pub’s multi-room plan has been restored.
Refurbishment (Commended) – The Ship, Sheffield
This stunning Edwardian street-corner pub was originally built, as the superb tiled frieze boasts, for Tomlinson’s Anchor Brewery. A 1978 Bass Charrington plan indicates how the building was opened out. Originally four separate entrances led to (1) a lobby (with off-sales) and lounge, (2) the public bar, (3) the sung and (4) a lobby and billiards room. Changes saw the kitchen become the ladies, movement of the central bar to the current position and replacement of the corner door by a window. Previous plans indicate that the room on the left of the entrance was originally two shops.
The wording ‘Dram Shop’ on the corner of the ceramic frontage (above the sealed up corner door) is also worth noting. ‘Dram Shop’ is a local phrase for ‘Off Sales’ and can be seen at a number of other Sheffield locations.
In the 1990’s Bass sold the Ship to Hardy and Hansons’ Kimberley Brewery of Nottingham. It passed on to Greene King in 2006 when they took over, and closed, the Kimberley brewery. Subsequently, the building did not fare well as its interior was allowed to slowly deteriorate. The Ship closed in February 2015 and was subsequently reopened by Hawthorn Leisure the following September after a six figure cash injection. Hawthorn Leisure worked to retain as many original features as possible. This included restoring the original inside tiling, which builders found hidden beneath years of decoration. The pub has now been restored to its Edwardian glitz and glitter.
Since the inception of these awards in 1983, The Ship is only the second Sheffield Pub to receive an award: In 2010, the Sheffield Tap was awarded Best Conversion to Pub Use.
Following the national presentation at the Scottish Stores, there will be a presentation event at the Ship on Wednesday 31st.May at 16:00 – all welcome! – our Pub Heritage officer will forward the certificate he collected, in London, on behalf of Sheffield, to its rightful owners, the Ship.