I thought it’s about time I started up my ‘Slough it’s not so bad‘ series again, now that the weather is getting a bit better. So I’ll try to blog something good about the town each week, and also some interesting things about Slough that you might not have known about – I shall call that section ‘Secret Slough’!
The first ‘Secret Slough’ interesting fact is – did you know there used to be an underground pub under the shopping centre?! And the shell of the building is still there. Every time you walk around the high street, you’re walking over an old pub!
It was called the Kingfisher pub, and previously The Peacock according to former locals. It was directly under the area outside Empire cinema and went all the way under the Queensmere shopping centre, and I read somewhere that it’s entrance was outside Boots.
I couldn’t find any sign of the pub or the entrance, as the high street has been newly paved. All that I saw was a drain.
Apparently they played rock music in this pub, and it closed in the nineties, possibly due to a fire, I’m not sure. But locals say that it was not filled in, and the pub is still there underground. In fact there are some photos courtesy of The Slough I Remember Facebook group:
Source: Harkness, N | The Slough I Remember Facebook Group
Spooky or what. I read that the room is sometimes used for training – can you imagine?! I’d be a bit freaked out.
Anyway that was my Secret Slough fact of the week – hope you found it interesting! Does your town have any secret underground pubs?
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