Britain's Wierdest Pubs

Posted on: 22 November 2010 by Rhian Mainwaring

Visit one of Britians wierd and wonderful public houses, why not have a pint while you're there? Well, it would be rude not too...

The Sun

HEART OF ENGLAND: The Sun – Make yourself at home (literally)

Rosemary Lane, Leintwardine, Herefordshire

This 'parlour inn' (basically a front room) was owned by Flossie Lane, who fetched beer from her kitchen rather than having an actual bar!  When Flossie died, at the grand old age of 94, the pub was rescued by Gary Seymour and Nick Davis who, like the regulars, wanted to see its unique character preserved.

The Sun still keeps it's old-world charm so if you want to visit a pub without a bar, this is the place for you!

The Barge

SOUTH WEST: The Barge Inn – The truth is out there

Honeystreet, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5PS

Join Crop Circle enthusiasts in this beautiful setting for a pint by the canal to discuss the most recent extra terestrial activities. The area is well known for it's crop circles as well as a plethora of ancient site and tracks. It's in a beautiful setting with a delightful pub garden. We're jealous if you're in walking distance to this place.

The Haunch of Venison

SOUTH WEST: Haunch of Venison – We've got to hand it to 'em

1-5 Minster Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1TB

Infamous for the mummified remains of a hand hacked off during a card game the Haunch of Venison is one of the earliest hostelries in Salisbury. It boasts a solid pewter bar, a resident ghost, has links to the Cathedral and has played a part in many aspects of this great city’s history, it also has fantastic food and a wonderful atmosphere (when the ghost isn't around!)

The Grenadier

LONDON: The Grenadier – Hidden, haunted, tiny

18 Wilton Road, SW1X, London

This well-hidden pub used to be the Duke of Wellington's officers' mess and has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most haunted pubs in London. It is said to be the home of the ghost of an officer who was beaten to death for cheating at cards. It is not known in which year the incident took place but it is thought that it must be the month of September, and this is when the pub's paranormal activity is at its highest.

The Dove Inn

LONDON: The Dove Inn – Size doesn't matter!

19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA

It's in the Guinness Book Of Records as the smallest bar in Britain, a cosy 4 ft. 2ins by 7ft. 10ins. The pretty little 17th Century riverside pub boasts Ernest Hemingway as one of it's regulars and William Morris lived next door. The riverside terrace is a favourite viewpoint for the University Boat race, although there's not enough room for a full team!

ye olde trip to jerusalem

EAST MIDLANDS: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – Ye oldest pub in ye England

Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham England, NG1 6AD

This quaint old Inn is carved into the rock and connected with the labyrinth of sandstone caves at the foot of Nottingham Castle. It stands on the site of the castle's original brewhouse, thought to date back to the days of William the Conqueror. The name comes from the fact that in 1189, when Richard I embarked on the crusades, loyal soldiers would muster here and have one for the road before embarking for the Holy Land. It is said that the ghosts of past landlords still watch over their visitors here...

Tan Hill Inn

YORKSHIRE: Tan Hill Inn – Will leave you feeling on top of the world

Tan Hill, Overlooking Teesdale, Reeth, Richmond, Swaledale, the North Yorkshire Dales, DL11 6ED

The Tan Hill Inn is the highest pub in Britain! It's all on it's lonesome at 1,723ft above sea level and you may well recognise it from the Everest double glazing adverts. They're not their only well known visitors though, check them out on the pubs blog, with such a warm and welcoming reception it's no wonder their pub is so well known!

Lord Crewe Arms

NORTH EAST: Lord Crewe Arms Hotel – You won't get cold!

Blanchland, County Durham, DH8 9SP

The giant fireplace in the Hillyard room was used for smoking and the curing of meat and high inside the chimney you can see the old priest’s hiding hole. The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel is situated in the beautiful medieval village of Blanchland, which is one of only six ancient listed villages in England.

The Fitz Patrick

NORTH WEST: Fitzpatrick's – It's dry as a bone!

5 Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire

Founded in 1832, the temperance movement's goal was to save the lower classes from the demon drink. Fitzpatrick’s is the only temperance bar still in business and serves soft drinks, remedies, liquorice chews, floral gums and gobstoppers. So it's not really a pub then is it, but it's very quaint.

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