When one thinks of the word 'pub', the term has become synonymous with British culture and way-of-life. Many tourists who come to the UK will want to have a drink in such an establishment, merely to live out the experience, while village pubs are a great place to not just create hospitality jobs but to bring local communities together. Here are the top five famous pubs that this great nation has to offer.
1. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham
This is probably the most famous pub in Britain, considering that it is also the oldest of the lot. Even though the current building is around 300 years old, people have been drinking on this site since 1189, and the venue has become even more famous for it's sandstone caves incorporated in the building below Nottingham Castle. These caves used to be the site of a former brewery that dated back to when the castle was constructed in 1089, so this pub may be even older than it claims.
The name originates from the site being a stopping place for knights who would be travelling from the north to join the Crusades. Now it can be seen as a stopping point for punters on their bar crawls.
2. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Lllanfihangel Crucorney in Wales
This pub may not come to mind initially when thinking of the most famous, but it sure as hell means a lot to the people of Wales. Having existed for around 900 years, myth states that Welsh folk hero Owain Glyndwr bought his supporters here before leading them in the failed revolt against King Henry IV.
3. Spaniards Inn, London
This may not beat any records for being the smallest, largest, or oldest, but it is one of the famous purely because of the number of individuals that have supposedly visited over the centuries. Famous customers have included poet John Keats, Dick Turpin, Lord Byron, William Blake, William Hogarth, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, John Constable and Robert Louis Stevenson. Today, it is the stunning gardens that now bring in all of the punters.
4. The Oxford Bar, Edinburgh
This pub was often visited by Ian Rankin, who not only wrote the Inspector Rebus stories but also featured the 'Ox' pub in his tales – the favourite spot for Rebus to have a drink or two at. When sitting at this spot, you may even spot Sean Connery and Colin Dexter, the author of the Inspector Morse novels, as both these guys like to relax here.
5. Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
Not only is this one of the most haunted spots in Britain, but it has now become a pub immortalised in Hollywood. It was where the Daphne du Maurier novel was set and it was also made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. This venue, which was also a major meeting spot for smugglers in the past, is also the subject of a famous song by Tori Amos.
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