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.
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
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.
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.
Bolton's Oldest pub, 4th Oldest Pub in Britain, 5th oldest in the world and proudly serving a wide range of Ciders and Real Ales since 1251