Built in 1959, the pub traded right up until the early summer of 2002 when it was suddenly closed. It was thought the pub was undergoing the usual periodic refit but it tuned out that the pub was closed for good. Many bands of the time played in the room on the first floor, including Pulp, Artery, Chumbawumba, Danse Society and even Nico! For a time it was a key punk venue and a live album by the MauMaus was recorded there.