Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Public Houses

General Information:

Open 11am to 11pm (all, apparently)

Can be independently owned, or owned by a brewery

Food is available (Poughman's Lunch, for example. Remember that one from BritishSpeak?)

[Typically it consists of bread, cheese, pickle (English coleslaw) and apple or lettuce or something in the way of a fruit or vegetable.]

Fish and Chips are also usually quite good at a pub.

Some interesting names (though not nearly as interesting as the Slap & Tickle):

The Bag O' Nails
The Friend at Hand
The Green Man
Clam on the Anchor
The Hoop & Grapes
The Catherine Wheel
The Rose and Crown
The Fox and Hounds

These are more interesting than the usual American bar names such as "Bar", "Open 9am" and "Drive Thru".


  1. btw, coleslaw doesn't even remotely resemble pickle. Are you thinking of piccalilli? That doesn't either. Or pickled eggs. Or pickled walnuts.

  2. Ales 'r' Us

    The Conan Doyle :)

  3. @a-Thank you for the new wonderful pub name.
    @caroline-I am not.
    @a-Thank you for the new wonderful pub name.
    @a-Piccalilli? I don't think there really is such a word. I think you just made it up to be disruptive. And, yeah, pickled walnuts was what I was thinking of when I said coleslaw. I defer to the expert on pickled. (note to printer: Smiley face here.)
    @ettarose-Ah. Another name for an American bar. Too funny ettarose. Rent-a-Beer. How is my ettarose today?
    @a-Sorry. Not even good enough for an American bar name. Keep looking. Conan Doyle is good. He was the uncle of Conan O'Brien, you know. Ummmm...did you happen to notice the name of the pub on the picture of this post? Just wonderin'... :)

  4. Did you not notice the reply to the previous post? Yes, eventually. I spotted the pub name.

    If you're truly interested in pub names, and I suspect you're not, I could do you a full list of ones near where I once used to be. I may just do it anyway.

  5. a. Yes, I noticed it. It just slipped my mind. As you know I don't pay that much attention to posts or comments as this blog, as well as BritishSpeak itself, are merely fronts for me to get to meet and flirt with new girls. At least that has been alleged. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Why I don't know. You just can't.

    No, of course I would not be interested in such a list. It would only interfere with my meeting new girls.


    Would you do that? Of COURSE I would like you to do it, silly! And do it fast, lest you drown first. Thanks. :)

  6. in the spirit of providing you with a list of pub names, here's the ones in my home town

    Crown and Cross Swords (a.k.a "The Croon"
    Kings Head
    Bellamys Bar
    Company Row
    The Demi
    The Freemasons Arms (a.k.a "The Masons")
    The Grey Horse
    The Soviet Union Bars (a.k.a "The Union")
    The Turf
    The Coach and Horses (a.k.a "The Coach")
    The Derwentside Public House
    Derwent Walk Inn
    The Jolly Drovers
    Horse & Groom Inn
    Britannia (a.k.a "The Brit")
    Duke Of Wellington
    Smelters Arms
    The Golden Lion
    The Punchbowl Inn
    The Black Horse Inn
    The Miners Arms
    The Braes

    And those are just the ones I can remember.

  7. The Mash Tun

    just to start you off, and show willing

    Totally different from Caroline's.

  8. Wow. This is going to be cooler than I thought! I may have been to hasty--pubs and names of drinks deserve a chapter in BritishSpeak: The Book. Don't you think? Perhaps I will make a post on BritishSpeak with a call for brewery product names; favorite drinks. So do check over at BS the next day or so.

    @caroline-As I was reading your list, I was thinking you must have pulled up the yellow pages for your home town. Memory????? Sheesh! Party animal, my geordie girl is. (Speaking of which, I love your translations--"croon". heh.) More! And I am betting I am now talking to an ex pub employee of some kind. Would I be right?

    A.-gppf dysty! (That's "good start" when your fingers are on the right keys.) :)

  9. As i had mentioned to you a week or so ago, I could not believe that you had not touched upon this subject. It is a large part of British culture, whether we care to admit it or not.

    And indeed I did pull pints for a living when I was at college.

    Every 3rd building in my home town is a drinking establishment of some kind, there's many of them. I am not actually sure if all the ones I listed are still open, its been about 10 years since I frequented those bars. We'd get to about 5 or 6 in one night.

  10. the pickle refered to in a ploughmans lunch is probably neither coleslaw or piccalilli

    It is more likely to be Branston Pickle it goes really well with cheese, and is normally included in a Ploughman's lunch, if its not Branston Pickle, then it could be a pickled onion, they are normally in a Ploughman's lunch too.

  11. Lest we forget my magnificent Cock and Balls.

    And the public house bearing the same name.

  12. The Albion
    Bakers Arms
    Bell Inn
    The Bishop On The Bridge
    The Black Boy
    County Arms
    Crown and Anchor
    The Eclipse
    The Exchange
    The Forester
    Fulflood Arms
    Golden Lion
    The Green Man
    Hyde Tavern
    Jolly Farmer
    The King Alfred
    Old Gaol House
    The Old Market Inn
    The Old Vine
    The Porthouse
    The Queen Inn
    The Railway Inn
    The Rising Sun
    The Roebuck Inn
    Royal Oak
    The Ship Inn
    St James Tavern
    White Swan
    Wykeham Arms
    the Globe
    The Ship
    The Chequers
    The Fox
    The Yew Tree

    and very best of all:
    The Pub with No Name. Impossible to find too, right in the middle of nowhere.

  13. One of my favourite pubs is in Norwich (Norfolk, UK not VA)..

    called the Wig and Phistle... (for those inebriated enough it will be plain to see Pig and Whistle.

    Nothing to do with musical porkers, but an old drinking game. A piggin was a small handled bucket-like container used for ladling liquids. A whistle was a kind of drinking cup (from the ancient Saxon word wassail) passed from person to person. Passing the wassail cup used to be a Christmas custom.

    Good food and beer too... :-)

  14. The Cock and Bull story originates not too far away from my location in Stony Stratford Milton Keynes.

    Two rival coaching Inns : The Cock and The Bull. The travellers on one of Englands main coaching routes (horse and carriage not coach of today) took it in turns to outdo each other in exaggerated and fanciful stories. Hence anything that came of it was known as a cock and bull story and not worth listening to.


  15. Sage, interesting tales, as usual. The Cock and Bull history is enlightening (since the phrase is even used in the Colonies still).

    And how interesting as well (he segues smoothly) that you should mention drinking games. Because I have secured a promise (which this time I intend to enforce) for a guest post on same from my delicious friend Catherine of Wales.

  16. Further to Sage's comments regarding derivation of "Pig and Whistle" pub name.

    In modern Danish, the word for 'girl' is "pige"

    As it was over thousand years ago in those parts of England settled by Saxons, the area known as "the Danelaw", the word for a Saxon maiden, as in young, nubile, virginal.. was "pige"
    Pige'n, meant.. 'pertaining to a maiden'
    wassail, from 'waes-hael' (waes thu hael) literally, "be well", a welcome .
    Traditionally, a respected traveller entering a Saxon hall, would be greeted with a bowl of ale, handed to him by a daughter of the house. Pige'n Waes-hael=(the)Maiden's Welcome.
    I rest my case.

    Hael, variously mutated to hail, hello, and in the case of nazi Germany, Heil...
    It also lives on in the expression, "hale and hearty", describing a person in robust good health.

    The wassail bowl?
    would traditionally have been made out of a vanquished enemy's cranium, or skull, and before offering the welcome draught, the host would say "Skal"...
    These bowls were often lavishly ornamented with precious metals.
    Only the skull of a respected adversary, a true warrior, would be deemed worthy.
    And the drinkers would expect to meet up with, and party with that skull's past owner in the Halls of Valhalla after they died.

  17. The Growling Bean
    um. its sign says the Bowling Green, but nobody calls it that.

    The Spite..It used to be called the Roebuck, but about a hundred years ago, the Roebuck's landlord got into a dispute with the landlord of the neighbouring pub, becoming bitter enemies. Neither would tolerate mention of the other, customers who came in to one after visiting the other, were chucked out, barred from re-entry.
    So the two pubs became known jointly as "The Spite and Malice".
    The Malice is gone, fifty years ago, just The Spite remains.

    The Cat i 't Well, Locally known as 't Catty-Well,

    The Brahms. -from Rhyming slang, Brahms and Liszt=pissed.

    Hark to Rover.
    Old fox-hunting meeting-place pub.

    The Library. Oh yes, a handy one..."I just have to go look something up in the Library, so I'll be late home, dear"

    The Skyrack. from the ancient tree in its wall, the scyre (shire) ake (oak); the tree where the shire's council met. A thousand years ago.

    Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem; reputedly the oldest pub in Britain, claims to date from 1189 a.d., the year Richard the Lionheart became king, in the shadow of the Castle of Nottingham, Knights going on crusades refreshed themselves there.

    The Gaping Goose.

    The Ragged House

    The Bear and Ragged Staff...

    The Maybush


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