The Palace Buffet Pub in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Another pub which has been lost, a very well known Grimsby landmark this time as well, though not an ancient loss as I have myself partaken of a pint there.
Some research and history into its past . . .
The Palace Buffet public house is still extant as a building, it sits on the corner of Corporation Road and Victoria Street just near the bridge, it’s now a mobile phone shop.
It was once in an extremely commanding position, on a very busy junction, not far from the Fish Docks and also facing the Old Central Market.
It’s full official business name was The Grimsby Palace Theatre and Buffet as it was adjoined to The Palace Theatre. The Palace Theatre was built, I believe, in 1904 so we can take it as a working hypothesis that so was the pub. The theatre became a cinema in the 1930s but in 1943 it was bought from Hewitt’s and returned to a live venue.
The theatre remained in use until 1955 when it closed, eventually becoming a warehouse of sorts. In 1979 it was demolished, something I vaguely remember as a boy (the tiles on the wall next to the car park).
Clearly the glory days of the pub had long since passed. The Central Market went and whilst it was, and indeed still is, a very busy central spot it is so for motorists going to or from somewhere.
As I mentioned, I have had a drink in there myself but it was by then a very quiet ‘local’ if you will, it would have been great to see it in its heyday.
I’ve struggled to pin down a reliable date for the final closure of the pub though I do know it remained empty for some time, falling into a worrying state of decay.
The council, I believe, have listed it as a building of special interest, quite rightly, and it was renovated and is now a branch of Carphone Warehouse, at the time of writing.
It’s a shame to have lost it as a pub but Grimsby has lost so much, we must be grateful that the building itself has been saved and preserved by this company so it still remains, as do the tiles on the wall beside it which I remember so vividly from my boyhood.
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