An opulent 19th-century pub in Liverpool has become the first purpose-built Victorian inn to be granted a Grade I listing.
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms has been upgraded to Grade I by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.
Designed by Liverpudlian architect Walter W Thomas, the pub joins the top 2.5% of protected historic buildings in England, which includes Buckingham Palace. The exterior features elaborate carvings, art nouveau elements and stone sculptures of musicians and musical instruments in low relief.
A total of 11 pubs have received new listings as part of a project to protect rare historic interiors. They include:
- The Vines, Liverpool – Grade II*
- Peter Kavanagh's, Liverpool – Grade II
- Blue Ship, Billingshurt, West Sussex – Grade II
- Hand and Shears, Smithfield, London – Grade II
- Coach and Horses, Soho, London – Grade II
- Haunch of Venison, Sailsbury, Wiltshire – Grade II*
- Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset – Grade II
- Rose and Crown, Huish Episcopi, Somerset – Grade II
- Tucker's Grave Inn, Radstock, Somerset – Grade II
- The Red Lion, Rugeley, Staffordshire – Grade II
Photo credit: Alan Bull