When younger, Will and Guy were regular pub goers, and the names of pubs
were often a source of some amusement. While listening to the BBC news the
other day we heard that the American Embassy in Baghdad had hired an
Englishman to create and make a pub sign for the embassy bar. We think it is
to be called "The Bolt Hole" an apt and amusing name. This led us to research "funny and amusing pub names"
particularly in the UK and in Ireland.
Many of the old tavern names are in danger of disappearing as large
conglomerations buy up pubs and change their names to "modern" equivalents.
Throughout Britain "Harvester" pubs, "Slug and Lettuce" and "Beefeater" pubs
can be found, owned by these big groups. Will and Guy bemoan the loss of the heritage connected with the old
names. Many of these inns can still be found when travelling around Britain
and Ireland. Will and Guy have started a collection of funny pub signs to
bring a smile to your face. Here is a list of the best pub names that
we have discovered.
The Idle Cook - Idle, Bradford, Yorkshire
Bucket of Blood - Phillack, Cornwall
*The Fawcett Inn - Portsmouth, Hampshire
*The Ram Inn - Newark, Nottinghamshire
Moderation Inn - Reading, Berkshire
*The Pub with No Name - Priors Dean, Hampshire [known by locals as
The White Horse Inn]
The Vat and Fiddle - Nottingham
The Happy Medium - Chichester, West Sussex
The Hung Drawn And Quartered, London
*Hole in the Wall - Southsea, Hampshire; *Caernarvon, north Wales;
Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire; Waterloo, London; Lowside, Bowness
Windermere, Cumbria [Hole Int Wall]; and several other venues.
Bank Tavern, Keswick, Cumbria
The Bleeding Wolf, Hale, Altrincham, Cheshire
Blooming Fuchsia, Ipswich, Suffolk
The Cow and Snuffers, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Drunken Duck, Hawkshead, Cumbria
Mad Dog, Odell, Bedfordshire
The Quiet Woman - York [The sign being a woman carrying her own
Nobody Inn - Doddiscombsleigh, Devon
One that almost got away: The Cemetery in Rochdale, Lancashire.
The Tap Shop, Mid Calder, West Lothian, Scotland.
* These pubs have been visited by Will.
Another Tranche of Amusing Names For a Boozer
We think these are good pub names, if Will and Guy were to open a new
hostelry, this would be our short list of tavern names:
The Elusive Camel
The Hung Drawn And Quartered
The Fawcett Inn
The Hairy Lemon
The Three-Legged Mare [Known locally as The Wonky Donkey]
We are absolutely sure there are other, perhaps funnier pub names, and we
would appreciate a photo or an e-mail so we can add to the collection. For example, Lisa reports there was a 'The Goat & Tricycle' in
Bournemouth. Another interesting project would to go inside and research funny names
for individual bars.