Friday 16 January 2009

Murals to stand and admire

Here we are on Haverstock Hill - in fact just outside the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency boundaries but well within the remit of this blog.

The Haverstock Arms
Should I be slightly aghast at the reinventions as 'The Havers'?

The mural is pretty famous and much admired - it was painted in 1983 (1984?) by John Murray. John is a pretty famous character all of his own and there is a really fond, interesting and full website dedicated to him, his life and work:

This site also details the book Pub Signs by Paul Corballis which features this mural as one of the finest pub signs in the country.

The sign alludes to the old delivery of barrels on the old horse and cart. Things have moved on a shade since then and the CAMRA website is pretty generous in its' praise:

"Glorious in summer with its roof terrace (facing onto the side road), large open picture doors, a large number of outside tables and a veritable panoply of hanging, flowering baskets. Down to earth corner pub, very much a community local. Bare boarded with upholstered settles and a large collection of photos of thespians. See if you can find the “T Heath Improved beer engines and cellar fittings” prints. Food is served seven days a week from 11.00 - 21.00 (19.00 Sun). For those with overseas tastes in beers, there’s a good selection. Live music most Friday and Saturdays excluding the summer months. In addition the pub also features bed and breakfast accommodation, nine rooms all en-suite with TV. Underground: Belsize Park. Bus: C11, 168.
previously Haverstock Arms "

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