Former London strippers' pub takes CAMRA design award

By Georgina Townshend

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Stripped back: the Scottish Stores won CAMRA's Conservation Award
Stripped back: the Scottish Stores won CAMRA's Conservation Award

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A former strippers' pub, the Scottish Stores, has taken pole position at this year’s Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) best pub designs across Britain.

Other pubs that won awards include a public house, which is more than 300 years old, and a “stunning” Edwardian street corner local.

The pubs were honoured yesterday (5 April) at the Scottish Stores in London, which won this year’s Conservation Award.

The pub, a Grade II-listed building, was designed in 1900-01 when joints of deer meat used to hang from the bar to be bought by visiting Scotsmen.

In the 1980s, it was restyled and was renowned as one of the last remaining strippers’ pubs in London.

In 2015, it was restored to its Jacobean-style woodwork in a “splendid example of how to bring a much-loved urban landmark back to life”.

CAMRA’s Pub Design Awards co-ordinator Sean Murphy said: “This year, the judges have singled out three buildings – all of which, in their own way, point to a bright future for the traditional British pub.

“All three show the huge potential for restoring and preserving much-loved heritage pubs to their former glory, even after decades of change.”

'Tired and sad'

The Refurbishment and Joe Goodwin Awards both went to the Tim Bobbin in Burnley, Lancashire.

The handsome stone building dates back to 1701, but was insensitively restored in the 1960s, leading it to look “very tired and sad” by the 1990s.

Now, Samuel Smiths’ in-house architects have rescued this prominent pub through an excellent refurbishment.

The Ship Inn in Shalesmoor, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was also commended in the refurbishment category.

Its interior was allowed to deteriorate after its surrounding community was bulldozed and it found itself perched on the edge of a busy road.

Having been shut for many years, the pub has now been restored to its former Edwardian “glitz and glitter”.

The Pub Design Awards of 2017 aimed to find the most stunningly designed pubs in the UK. The awards, held in association with Historic England, recognise high standards of architecture in the refurbishment and the conservation of existing pubs.

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