If you’ve ever been to England, you’ll find public houses (pubs) all over the place with catchy and unique names. Some of them are rather dull (it does seem like every village has a Red Lion), some make you smile, (The Idle Cook) and some seem designed to repel you from darkening their door (The Hung, Drawn and Quartered). One thing all British pubs have in common, they are all more like community gathering places, rather than the pick-up-a-date, get-drunk, bars we appear to have here in the US. And that is a shame.
It’s a shame because British pubs have been around since the time of the Romans. It’s true. The Romans invaded Britain in A.D. 43 and set up taverns to help them out as they roamed around Britain building roads, bridges and whatnot. The Marquis of Granby established pubs as a way for wounded army chaps forced out of service to make a living for themselves. (Guess they didn’t have retirement funds back in the 1700s).
Many were hunting lodges, and their names still reflect that (the Dog & Duck, the Fox & Hound, the Greyhound’s Hare)
There’s a pub in London that serves great fish and chips called the Hope & Anchor. The book of Hebrews speaks of faith as a “steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope”. Which demonstrates there are as many meanings behind the pubs’ names as there pubs.
Our bed and breakfast is not a pub, but Thom does like pub signage. He picked this one up last time we went home and it hangs on the wall in our conservatory. Today’s post is for those of you who’ve asked about it. Book a room with us if you fancy taking a closer look at it. And tell us what quirky pub names you’ve come across in your travels.