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