“This is fantastic news”, declared Nottingham Civic Society executive chair Hilary Silvester.
“It’s a good building in itself, with lots of interesting details which have survived, and its recent refurbishment has made it a very fine pub indeed.”
Completed in 1905 by Nottingham architect A N Bromley, the building was Boots flagship store outside the city centre and the model for similar stores across the country.
“More than this, and perhaps more importantly, is the place that this building holds in Nottingham’s social history,” continued Mrs Silvester. “Jesse Boot saw the importance of a social club for his workers, where they could engage in not just recreational but educational activities. And he saw to it that these were conducted in pleasant surroundings.”
The main bar has an impressive staircase and, overlooking it, what is believed to be Jesse Boot’s office with an oriel window from which he could keep an eye on proceedings. Next to it is the former library, later a tea-room and now a function room with wonderfully ornate Edwardian decoration.
“There had been some changes” said Mrs Silvester. “The pharmacy was removed and the windows boarded up. Now these windows have been reinstated and a very attractive bar created on that side of the building, in keeping with the Edwardian ‘feel’ of the pub as a whole.”
At a time when many pubs are closing, and those which survive are often greatly altered inside, the Embankment is an almost unique survival.
“Congratulations to Castle Rock Brewery for the brilliant way they have transformed this building. We wish them every success,” concluded Mrs Silvester