There are over 50,000 pubs in Britain and it can be hard to know which are good, great, or just grim. Here are some of the more notable or unusual pubs to look out for:
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Want to drink in the oldest pub? Good luck trying to decipher which is actually the oldest, but there are some contenders: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks (16 Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans AL3 4HE) dates back to the 8th century, when there was pub or inn on the site, and supposedly pas of the current building are from the 11th century. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham NG1 6AD) is built into rock beneath Nottingham Castle and beer was probably brewed there from the 12th century, though the current pub dates from the 17th century. The Old Ferryboat (Holywell Front, Cambridgeshire PE27 4TG) has records dating back to the 12th century. Or perhaps it’s The Skirrid Inn (Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny NP7 8DH), which is Wales’ oldest pub, dating from 1110, and a welcome stop After a long walk over in the Brecon Beacons.
How about the smallest pub? At 12 x 7 (3.7m x 2.1m), The Nutshell (17 The Traverse, Bury St Edmonds IP33 1BJ) long held that title, but The Little Prince (Old Kent House, 20 Market Place, Margate CT9 1ES) in Kent, opened slightly yet significantly smaller, at 11 x 6^ft (3.7 x 2m), with space for just six drinkers.
The Crooked House (Himley Road, Coppice Hill, Dudley DY3 4DA) in the West Midlands is appropriately named for how it leans heavily—one side is over a meter lower than the other. It can be disorienting for the first-time visitor, so watch out.
Want to drink somewhere remote? The Old Forge (Inverie, Knoyda, Mallaig PH41 4PL), in West Scotland, is officially mainland Britain’s most remote pub. There are no roads to it, so you either have to walk 18 miles (29km) and kayak 7 miles (11km) across Loch Nevis, or wait for an irregular ferry. Another famous pub is the Tan Hill Inn (Long Causeway, Richmond DL11 6ED)—a pub for walkers in the Yorkshire Pennines and the highest pub in Britain at 1722 (525m) above sea level.
The Marsden Grotto (Coast Rd, South Shields NE34 7BS), near Newcastle, is a cave bar which used to be a smugglers’ den. It’s on the beach, pa is dug into the cliff face, and there’s a large elevator if you don’t fancy the stairs.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem dates back to 1189.