The Rose and Crown, a pub with a thatched roof, in the village of Longburton, Dorset, England.

No one could claim that British pubs have been serving alcoholic beverages since the day long ago when, in some dusty market in Jerusalem, or thereabouts, Jesus performed one of his greatest miracles and turned water into wine. It’s hard to believe every fanciful tale in the bible, but the fact is that many British pubs have been supplying ale for several centuries and have long been the social hubs of towns and villages throughout this tiny island.

Some, such as The Waggon and Horses at Beckhampton have been in operation since the  century, and all have unique character. Some with original mediaeval structure, low ceilings, thatched roofs, quirky decor, and quirky names

Curious names might once have reflected their origins, but some have obscure names that defy logic, with one of the most curious being The Frog and Rhubarb in the English village of Slip End. The mind boggles as to the connection between a frog and a stick of rhubarb!

To view a list of the British pubs, in England and Wales, that are featured in this photo gallery  

  • The Black Bull, Etal, England
  • The Exeter Inn, Modbury, England
  • The Fairy Falls Hotel, Trefriw, Wales
  • The Garrick Inn,  Stratford-upon-Avon, England
  • The George and Dragon, Tarvin, England
  • The Green Man, Denham, England
  • The Greyhound, Wootton, England
  • The Horse and Jockey, Wrexham, Wales
  • The Laughing Fish, Isfield, England
  • The Nag’s Head, Wrexham, Wales
  • The New Inn, Salisbury, England
  • The Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford-upon-Avon. England
  • The Parr Arms, Grappenhall, England
  • The Rose and Crown, Longburton, England
  • The Rose and Crown, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
  • The Royal Oak Hotel, Betwys y Coed, Wales
  • The Vintner, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
  • The Waggon and Horses, Beckhampton, England
  • The Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber, England
  • The White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett, England
  • The White Lion Royal Hotel, Bala, Wales
  • The Wig and Quill, Salisbury, England
  • Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, Castleton, England
  • Ye Olde White Lion, Congleton, England
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