The Long Hall is celebrating 250 years in the trade this year, a huge milestone for any pub. They’ve been looking for photos of the inside and outside of the pub, going back as far as they can. A few days ago they posted on facebook a sketch of the what the pub used to look like inside which explains how the pub got its name.
The sketch shows a long, narrow half way, with benches on one side and a mantel on the other for holding the pint. On the wall we can see artwork all along the way. The previous owner, Patrick F. O’Brien, was well known for his interest in art and antiques, which he displayed all over the bar.
Here’s the explanation from the pub as to what you’re looking at.
“It’s not the pub. It’s the hallway that ran the length of building behind the front door on the right hand side as you look at our building. It meant you could enter the lounge either through the bar entrance on the left or by walking down the hallway through the door on the right. The hall had a bench seat along its length and hatches in the wall were customers could get the bartenders attention. It was like this until the late 1960s when layout was changed by owners at the time who lived upstairs. This sketch was done in situ at the time by a customer. ”
Inside the Long Hall as it is today.