Upon entering the Oak Lounge you will be greeted with original art deco glasswork on the doors, the stunning furniture and the original Irish Oak wooden floor. The story goes that TJ McGurran had stayed up all night polishing the wooden floor by hand. He was very proud of his work and was ready for business the following morning. It started to snow outside and Belfast was covered. This didn’t stop the customers from finding their way to The Errigle Inn. It didn't take too long for the polished floor to be loose its sheen. This was not the first time this had happened, so TJ decided enough was enough and he purchased a carpet. A carpet remained over the wooden floor up to 2007 when we decided it was time for the wooden floor to be seen again.
The chairs and tables in The Oak Lounge are original Lloyd Loom furniture. It has been re-covered on a few occasions and has stood the test of time. From the 1930’s Lloyd Loom furniture was used in Royal Yachts, Ocean Liners and the Royal boxes at Henley, Wimbledon and Twickenham and in tea-rooms and hotels around the country. Every home wanted its Lloyd loom pieces.
The Oak Lounge, opened on 11th December 1936, the day King George VI was crowned. In 1940, disaster struck. The Lloyd Loom factory in Bow in East London was hit in a Luftwaffe raid and destroyed. Fortunately it was a Saturday and no-one was injured but it was the end of large scale Lloyd Loom furniture manufacture in the UK until it was resurrected in Spalding 40 years later. The original Oak Lounge furniture is still used to this day.
In addition to normal keg beer the Oak Lounge also serves cask conditioned beer. The beer lineup is chaning daily from great local suppliers such as Whitewater, Farmegaddon, Hercules & Hilden. We also serve beers from English breweies such as Shepherd Neame & Cloudwater.
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