10 of England’s Best Post-War Pubs

Post war Britain saw more pubs built in the country than at any other time in history……here’s a canter through 10 of the best…….@CAMRA

Heritage Calling

More public houses were built in the years 1945-1985 than in any other period in English history, yet pubs of these years are now highly threatened.

Dr Emily Cole, Senior Investigator in the Historic Places Investigation Team, has been leading a project on post-war pubs since 2015, with the aim of increasing understanding and appreciation. Recently, she has been responsible for proposing a group of pubs for listing, and five buildings have been successfully protected.

Here, Emily selects ten of her favourite pubs from across the ‘golden age’ of post-war pub building, in date order.

1. The Festival Inn, Grundy Street, Poplar, London

Exterior of The Festival Inn, designed by Frederick Gibberd along with the market buildings of the Lansbury Estate. The Festival Inn, designed by Frederick Gibberd along with the market buildings of the Lansbury Estate. DP170360 © Historic England

The Festival Inn was the earliest major post-war pub in England. It opened in May 1951, and formed part of the Live Architecture Exhibition of the Festival…

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