The 23 Weirdest Pub Names in Britain

Whether it’s down to history or just a quirk landlord, some pubs have the most extraordinary names – it’s worth a visit to see if they live up to their unconventional expectations!

The oldest pub names were created in a world where most people couldn’t read or write, so they typically featured animals or elements that could be depicted on a pub sign – such as a red lion, fox and hounds or lamb and flag. Thanks to near-universal literacy that requirement is, of course, no longer so necessary, liberating the nation’s hostel-keepers to come up with some truly unusual names.

Some of our favourites are listed below, and include the Case Is Altered (for paranoids everywhere), the Jolly Taxpayer (not too many of these around), the Nobody Inn (the punchline to a joke, surely) and the Skiving Scholar (which is probably always crowded, if our recollection of college is anything to go by).

But the winner – by a whisker – has to be My Fathers Moustache in North Holme, Lincs. We’re not sure if it’s in memory of a particularly fine nose beard (presumably a handlebar?) or a permanent Movember tribute, but it’s the kind of pub name that, once heard, is unlikely to be forgotten.

Landlords of Britain, we salute your originality!

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  • This is slightly less odd when you realise that Brown Edge is the name of a village. Intriguingly, there was once a pub elsewhere in Brown Edge called The Unhinging Of Doors, though it no longer exists

  • Situated between two popular holiday parks in Hayle, Cornwall. We have a great blend of tourists and locals alike. Children and dogs are welcome. Great beer on offer and very tasty homemade pub grub served everyday.

  • The Bull and Spectacles is a vintage style, traditional English pub/restaurant set in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Blithbury. In the 19th Century this pub went by the more formulaic name of the Bull's Head. Nobody knows why it was changed

  • A country pub situated only just outside Hereford in a beautiful location on the river Wye. Good range of beers and ciders; with a high quality food offer.

  • The Case Is Altered, in the heart of Eastcote village and within easy reach of Pinner, Northwood Hills and Ruislip. It is a traditional country pub delivering carefully chosen craft beer and ale, alongside a fresh seasonally inspired menu.

  • The Cat and Custard Pot is situated in the Hamlet of Paddlesworth , near Hawkinge, nestled in the picturesque countryside of the North Downs. It is within 15 minutes drive from the seaside town of Folkestone and is hosted by Jeane and John.

  • Set high above Ambleside, commanding dramatic views of the Lake District fells, the Duck stands at a crossroads, a traditional Lakeland dwelling, reflecting the simplicity, beauty and longevity of its natural environment. From these same fells, we draw no

  • The pubs famous saying is on the gated sign which hangs from outside of the pub it says “This Gate Hangs Well & hinders none, refresh & pay & travel on”.

  • A jewel in the crown of Tower Hill pubs, The Hung, Drawn & Quartered serves up freshly-prepared pub food and fine ales just a sceptre’s throw from the Tower of London. Lighter and brighter since its recent refurbishment, it's the ideal spot to reflect on

  • Located on Deptford High Street the Job Centre, which takes its name from the employment agency that once occupied the venue, is only a few steps away from the newly developed train station.

  • Hidden away in a residential area and therefore making it one of Portsmouth's least-known pubs, this former Brickwood's house is very much a locals' local. Now a genuine free house, the pub still retains its original public bar and smaller lounge.

  • My Fathers Moustache in North Holme has a beer garden. The pub has a car park, it is a family friendly pub. My Fathers Moustache serves food. The pub has a function room that can be booked, it has an outside area. My Fathers Moustache serves real ale. The pub has a real fire, it has free WiFi.

  • Good Hotel Guide Inn of the Year 2017!​ The NoBody Inn is a 17th century inn full of charm and character where a warm welcome is guaranteed. We offer the freshest local produce and have accommodation for those looking to get away from it all

  • We are a destination food pub situated in the Western Lake District, our menu is Traditional British and our dishes are produced using the best ingredients Cumbria has to offer

  • Poosie Nansie's Inn in Ballochmyle has a beer garden. The pub has a car park, it is a family friendly pub. Poosie Nansie's Inn serves food. The pub has a function room that can be booked, it has an outside area. Poosie Nansie's Inn serves real ale.

  • Welcome to The Pyrotechnists Arms, a traditional pub serving the best in home cooked food, drinks, offering live music sports a comedy club,beer gardens

  • Come on down to the Q for a pint of real ale, a freshly cooked snack, some live entertainment or to sit out in the sunshine and enjoy our massive south facing beer garden!

  • Old-fashioned unchanging country local in lovely Peak District countryside; simple beamed interior with plain furniture on quarry tiles, china ornaments and coal fire

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