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Heritage Award For Another BCA Pub

Heritage Award For Another BCA Pub

We are thrilled to report that our recently opened Crystal Fountain pub in Staffordshire has been awarded British Heritage Pub status by CAMRA. The organisation has always been committed to supporting the conservation of period pub interiors as an important part of British social history.

A particular joy of the UK’s 50,000 or so pubs is their sheer variety. They range from simple rural pubs to late-Victorian extravaganzas, from the genuinely old to the aggressively modern, from urban back-street boozers, through suburban estate pubs, to picture-postcard rural idylls. All architectural styles are represented in the CAMRA heritage list, be it Art Nouveau or Art Deco, high Gothic or post-war Brutalist.

The Crystal Fountain has been very sensitively restored by Black Country Ales to show its period features to best advantage. A 1937 neo-Georgian style pub built by Linford’s of Cannock for Mitchells & Butlers. It has a symmetrical front with entrances in each corner and two carved birds of prey on the front (the Eagle was the symbol of Butlers of Wolverhampton who took over the Cannock Brewery in 1925 ). After a period of closure it was bought from Enterprise Inns by Black Country AlesĀ and reopenedĀ  in May 2012,Further work is planned to renovate all areas of the building. The full story is available on the CAMRA site at http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/pubs/real-heritage-pub-entry.asp?pubid=10024Crystal-Fountain_1

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