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The Oldest Pubs in Britain – Part 1

Chain bars and pubs are commonplace in 21st-century Britain. As a result, traditional pubs have become more difficult to find, making harder to enjoy a unique British pub experience. Here, we’re going to take a journey back in time to look at some of Britain’s oldest pubs- the finest way to see Britain: enjoying a pint while increasing your history knowledge at the same time.

The Clachan Inn, established in Scotland in 1734

Officially, Scotland’s oldest pub, the Clachan dating back all the way to 1734, is a classic traditional British pub with its welcoming atmosphere and fine selection of beers, affording an opportunity to visitors to try their favourite drink in a cost and relaxing environment. With a wonderful menu, pleasant staff, and a log fire to warm yourself by after a long walk near Loch Lomond, you’ll want to stay here for the rest of the day.

The Old Ferryboat. established in Holywell 12th century approx.

The detached St. Ives pub is right next to the river Ouse and is believed to have been constructed in AD560, which would make it Britain’s very oldest pub. The first record of existence of the pub dates back to approximately the beginning of the 12th Century, which means that it’s approaching its one thousandth year. After a full day’s walk along the banks of the Ouse, it’s hard to beat a pint of your favoured tipple in this quaint, rustic inn.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, established in Nottingham, 1189

Another pub with an uncertain opening date, it’s believed that Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem dates back to 1189. The pub that the locals know as the Trip is different than any other pub, thanks to its stunning and unique location. It’s set into the side of a cliff and there are caves under the building. The venue has taken advantage of its stunning locale by providing a cellar tour with a potted history of the area. The Trip, with its celebrated menu, is known for its delicious steak, as well as its seasonal ales. The traditional pub certainly makes the most of its extensive history.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, established in St. Albans, 795

Located in rural Hertfordshire, this old pub dates all the way back to the end of the eighth century, which has led to the Guinness Book of Records naming it England’s oldest pub. So, while a number of pubs in Britain make a claim to have been established on a certain date, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks can at least point people in the direction of the official record books.

The current construction was built approximately a thousand years ago, which would see it being one of Britain’s oldest taverns. This point is demonstrated by the low ceilings, as they were a big part of the aesthetic in that period. The pub has continued to enjoy the fact that it once welcomed a gentleman by the name of Oliver Cromwell here in the 17th century.