There is a long tradition in the UK of going to the pub. It is etched in British tradition and there are claims of pubs being around from 700AD. From our soaps (Queen Victoria, Rovers Return, Woolpack) to Hollywood movies (The Worlds End) the British pub is an institution.
Here is your breakdown of the most notable pubs in the UK and their history.
Oldest Pub in the UK
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks (795AD)
It is claimed that Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is the oldest pub in the UK. It has been officially recognised by the Guinness book of world records as well. Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It was originally called ‘The Round House’. Then in 1756 it was licenced as ‘Three Pigeons’. From then it was changed again in the 1800s to ‘Fighting Cocks’ with Ye olde being added at a later date.
Other pubs claim to be the oldest pub in the UK as there is very little evidence of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks being around before 1756. Such as Ye Olde Man & Scythe which was first recorded in 1251 and Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem which claims it was first opened in 947 AD. However ‘Ye Olde fighting cocks’ remain the holder of the world record.
The Cock and Bull Story
The Cock and Bull Pubs
It is believed that the phrase ‘Cock and Bull Story’ comes from two pubs in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. The two coaching inns were situated alongside each other on the old A5 road. Coaches would stop on their way from London to The north and tell stories. Being fuelled on ale the stories would pass between the two pubs and be further embellished. This laid the basis of the cock and bull story – now seen as a greatly exaggerated story.
The Most Haunted Pub
The Golden Fleece
The Golden Fleece is self-proclaimed the most haunted pub in the UK. It is believed that 5 ghosts occupy the pub with Lady Alice Pickett being the most notable. Her ghost is seen wandering round the corridors and moving furniture in the night.
At the bottom bar there is an old man in a long cloak who’s groans can be heard. Matched by those of a Victorian child who was trampled to death by horses. The two other ghosts are a Roman soldier and one-eyed Jack. All of which roam the bar.
The Highest Pub
The Tan Hill in is the highest pub in the UK at 528M above sea level. Beating the Cat and Fiddle which stands at 515M. The building which dates to the 17th century was once used as a hostelry by coal miners.
On the 31st December 2009 visitors were snowed in the pub for 3 days.
Biggest Pub Crawl
The Biggest Pub Crawl in the UK was attended by 4885 people. They visited 10 pubs. At £3 a pint each pub could have made £14,655.