The Mermaid Bars in about 1973 or 1974. The poster in the front states;- "The mermaid Inn introduces to you international cabaret nightly in our luxurious cabaret lounge. Different act every night. Variety, Glamour, Comedy and dancing every night. Opus 3 exciting new sound. Admission charge 30p."
The property looks as if at one time it was two grand houses combined into a hotel or, maybe purpose built. My earliest research shows it as the Balholm Hotel (adverts 1931 and 1950). A source says it was The Fisherman's Bars in the 1960s and it was definitely the Mermaid Bars (with The Cave below) by the time of this photo in 1973-74. I have found evidence of the name being Murphy's Roadhouse from at least 2013 to 2017 (The Cavern below) and research in 2020 shows it as The Hyde Dendy with No. 18 below.
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Location: 18 esplanade road paignton devon TQ4 6BD
Negative Owner Clive Thompson LRPS