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 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • We’ve carefully selected our bar range to ensure wide variety combining high quality, to suit all tastes. We have spirits, beers and wines from all over the world.The bar is open from 11am to 11pm every day but you can pop in for a coffee from 8am.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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