4 Pubs in England That Claim to be The Oldest

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, situated in St Albans, Hertfordshire, is the first in any list of pubs laying claim to being the oldest in England. According to the establishment, it has been in existence since the year 973, though the building itself is described as having a sixteenth century appearance (you can find pictures of the place here: oldestpubs), and the earliest license date found for the pub was 1756. The place’s history, then, is still very unsure, though this does not hinder it’s charm or popularity.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims to have been around since 1189, though this cannot be verified. This year is significant in history as the year that Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, became king and another Crusade was called by Pope Gregory, and the pub’s name was chosen because it was the last watering hole that soldiers heading off to The Crusades would stop at. The pub was built in to the foundations of Nottingham Castle.

Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Ye Olde Salutation Inn dates back to around the year 1240, and is also situated in the historic English city of Nottingham. From 1642-1646, both factions of the English Civil War set up ‘recruiting rooms’ at the Inn, and after Parliament’s victory, civic leaders decided to abolish the religion-rooted name and signage of the Inn, renaming it the Soldier and Citizen. When the Monarchy was restored in the year 1660, so was the establishment’s original name.

The Bell Inn

Our third and final offering from the city of Nottingham, The Bell In, which has been in a age-old competition with the second and third establishments on the list for the title of oldest pub in the city, claims to have existed since somewhere around 1437, though the earliest written evidence of the property’s existence was in 1638.