The 15 oldest pubs in the UK, ranked according to their claims

While the world’s oldest bar is a hotly-contested title, there’s no denying that many of the longest-running pubs are scattered around the British Isles.

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Thanks to the foundation of monasteries across the country throughout the middle ages, ancient alehouses have cropped up across the UK.

But while hundreds have closed their doors over the centuries, a handful of public houses from London to the Brecon Beacons have stood the test of time, and now claim to be the oldest watering holes in Britain.

The UK’s publicans take the history of their premises extremely seriously, and fiercely contest each others’ claims to fame.

From centuries-old liquor licenses to name-checks in the Domesday book, scroll through to see which pubs make the best cases for being Britain’s oldest boozers.

4 Responses to “The 15 oldest pubs in the UK, ranked according to their claims”

  1. I have made it a mission to point out that the Fighting Cocks isn’t even the oldest pub in in St Abans. It has been licensed premises only since 1600.

  2. AL says:

    Guiness World records said The Bingley Arms is the oldest, not Fighting Cocks.

  3. Denzel Harrison says:

    You may need to reevaluate the meaning of the word “mission” and find something more useful to do with your time!

  4. Muciek says:

    Where is THE BELL INN from 1042 in Finedon???

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