First Victorian pub in England gains Grade I listing


The exterior of the Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Hope Street

The men’s toilets.

Liverpool’s Philharmonic has been upgraded to Grade I listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England. Built from 1898-1900 by Liverpudlian architect Walter W Thomas, the city centre pub was first given Grade II* listing status in 1966. The three-storey building was upgraded in recognition of its architectural quality and interior.

The exterior of the pub features elaborate Art Nouveau carvings, metal work by architect and designer Henry Bloomfield Bare, and stone sculptures in low relief. The interior boasts intricate mahogany panelling and plasterwork, along with stained glass. The men’s loos are a particular highlight, surviving in their original Victorian form.

The Philharmonic now joins the top 2.5% of the protected buildings, which include Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House, which have the highest listed status.

The Vines, Lime Street

Another Liverpool pub to receive an upgrade was Grade II* The Vines pub on Lime Street. Built in 1907, The Vines’ Edwardian interior features original mahogany woodwork, authentic plasterwork and a large stained glass dome in the former billiards room.

The pub also has a separate lounge bar, public bar and smoking room, in addition to a number of striking fireplaces.

The Vines.

Peter Kavanagh’s, Egerton Street 

Also in Liverpool, Peter Kavanagh’s is a Grade II listed pub that was redesigned by Peter Kavanagh, its former landlord. Among the original and unique features include carved corbels or wall brackets which are thought to be caricatures of the pub’s regulars.

The pub’s tables, also designed by the creative Kavanagh, have channels for spilt drinks as well as built-in ashtrays.

Peter Kavanagh’s

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