Fancy a Pint? Somewhere with a bit of history? Read on for Britain’s Oldest pubs, that are still serving happy customers today.
There has been continued debate over the years, as to which pub is actually the oldest.
Here are a selection, considered by many to be Britain’s oldest pub.
The Ferry Boat
The Old Ferry Boat is reputedly England’s oldest inn. Overlooking the Great Ouse river, in the hamlet of Holywell. According to the website there are even records of drinks being sold here as early as 560 AD.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
Reputed to be the oldest pub in England by The Guinness Book of Records, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks dates back to the year 793.
The Porch House
Originally built in 10th century, the Porch House is also reputed to be England’s oldest inn and many of the original features can be seen today in the beautifully presented public areas.
The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn at Rye is the epitome of a smugglers’ inn, with cellars built in Norman times and secret passageways in some of its rooms. Originally constructed in 1156, this ancient inn was rebuilt in 1420! Enjoy a drink in the favourite haunt of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers in the 1730s. This grand old hostelry simply oozes history and character.
The Bingley Arms
In the beautiful village of Bardsey, West Yorkshire this 1000 year-old stone pub is an original English pub.
The Royal Standard of England
Truly historic pub with a rich history spanning over 800 years. Plenty of nooks and crannies, gnarled timbers, worn flagstones and carved oak panels.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Ancient pub built into stone caves with a charming, wonky interior and resident ghosts, plus food. The pub claims to have been established in 1189. Learn more about the history of Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem on a cellar tour.
Adam and Eve
Legendary public house with comfort food set in a former monastery brewhouse with a seasonal garden. The pub is believed to be at least 750 years old.
Ye Olde Man & Scythe
Ye Olde Man & Scythe is a public house on Churchgate in Bolton, England. The earliest recorded mention of its name is in a charter from 1251, making it one of oldest public houses in Britain and the oldest in Bolton.
So there are quite a few pubs claiming to be Britain’s oldest watering hole. It is safe to say that there are a lot of very old pubs across the country!
For more information on Historic Pubs take a look at the Real Heritage Pub Guide the definitive guide to the nation’s most important historic pub interiors. (compiled by CAMRA’s Pub Heritage Group)