The 15 Oldest Pubs in the UK (according to their claims)

While the world’s oldest bar is a hotly-contested title, there’s no denying that “oldest pub” is an equally sought-after accolade, shared by many boozers scattered around the British Isles.

We have listed 15, who claim to be the oldest watering holes in Britain, each with the documents to prove it.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.

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  • Adam & Eve

    17 Bishopgate, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1RZ
    Adam & Eve

    Adam & Eve is a city centre pub in Norwich, England. It is located on Bishopgate, close to Norwich Cathedral, the Great Hospital and Norwich Crown Court. It is widely claimed to be the oldest pub in the city, with the earliest known reference made in 1249

  • Bell Inn

    18 Angel Row, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HL
    Bell Inn

    Naturally, being an old pub we have a good selection or real draught ales available at all times, and we like to make sure we have some local guest ales to help support our community too.

  • Bingley Arms

    37 Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR
    Bingley Arms

    Located in the beautiful village of Bardsey, The Bingley Arms is no ordinary pub. It’s the original English pub - officially the oldest in Britain - dating back over 1000 years to a time when Vikings were conquering parts of the country and before England

  • Clachan

    2 Main Street, Drymen, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G63 0BP
    Clachan

    If you are walking the West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way or lazily exploring the delights of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, you’ll soon discover there are few places more welcoming than The Clachan Inn on the beautiful village square of Drymen,

  • Old Ferry Boat Inn

    Holywell, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4TG
    Old Ferry Boat Inn

    Overlooking the Great Ouse river, The Old Ferry Boat is reputedly England’s oldest inn. Located in the hamlet of Holywell, the thatched roof and white stonework have remained for many years, while modern furnishings and contemporary comforts create a hom

  • Porch House

    Digbeth Street, Stow On The Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN
    Porch House

    The oldest inn in England, The Porch House on Digbeth Street – it reputedly dates from 987 AD. Historic discoveries at the Porch House include a 10th century Saxon shoe, a Royalist commander’s letter from the Civil War and a tunnel leading from the bar to

  • Prospect Of Whitby

    57 Wapping Wall, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 3SH
    Prospect Of Whitby

    The Prospect of Whitby is a historic public house on the banks of the Thames at Wapping in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It lays claim to being the site of the oldest riverside tavern, dating from around 1520.

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  • Royal Standard Of England

    Brindle Lane, Forty Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1XT
    Royal Standard Of England

    Truly historic pub with nooks and crannies, gnarled timbers, worn flagstones and carved oak panels.The first evidence historians can find of the Royal Standard of England in Beaconsfield is listed in the Domesday Book, dating back to 1086.

  • Salutation Inn

    Hounds Gate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7AA
    Salutation Inn

    Officially the city’s second-oldest pub, Ye Olde Salutation Inn dates to 1240.

  • Sheep Heid Inn

    43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 3QA
    Sheep Heid Inn

    Serving Scottish pub food and real ale for over 600 years, with a similarly veteran skittle alley.The earliest license for an inn on the site of Edinburgh’s Sheep Heid Inn was granted in 1360, which would make it Scotland’s oldest-surviving public house.

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  • Skirrid Mountain Inn

    Skirrid Court, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, Gwent, NP7 8DQ
    Skirrid Mountain Inn

    Reputed to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales, the Skirrid has a woven itself into history & folkore. Shakespeare himself is said to have taken inspiration from this place & Owain Glyndwr may have rallied his men on this very site.

  • White Hart

    191 Drury Lane, Camden, London, WC2B 5QD
    White Hart

    Established in the 13th Century, The White Hart Inn on Drury Lane claims to be London’s oldest pub. Historical records show its first license was granted as early as 1216, and its place in the capital’s history makes it a hit with tourists.

  • Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

    16 Abbey Mill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HE
    Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

    Warmly furnished pub serving classic British fare & rotating beers, plus weekly live music. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is recognised as the oldest pub in the UK by the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem

    Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AD
    Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem

    Established in 1189, but there is no concrete historical evidence for this. The first documented evidence of a pub in this location dates back to 1751, but ask any Nottingham student and they will be adamant this is the real deal.

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