The top-10 most unusual pubs in the UK


Having recently mentioned both the Sherlock Holmes Pub in our recent post about the brilliant Sherlock walk through London and then always having The Nags Head on my mind (just because), I started thinking about the greatness of the British pub and how it is such a part of the British way of life. Sadly, there is no American equivalent and we seem to be more intent on going to an indoor shopping mall than making the short walk down to a ‘local’ and discussing world events.

There are some great ones throughout the UK, many with great history, great names and great atmosphere. There may be a few you haven’t tried so here’s a brief top-10 most unusual pub list put together by the folks over at Visit Britain for you to try when you can in no particular ‘more unusual than the other’ order…

10. Canny Man’s, Edinburgh, Scotland

9. Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, London, England

8. The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds, England

7. The Crooked House, West Midlands, England

6. Lord Nelson, Norfolk, England

5. The Temple of Convenience, Manchester, England

4. The Well House, Exeter, England

3. The Old Forge, Inverie, Mallaig, Scotland

2. Haunch of Venison, Salisbury, England

1. The Skirrid Inn, near Abergavenny, Wales

For a more detailed explanation as to why these pubs would be considered ‘unusual’, check out Visit Britain’s brilliant reasoning complete with more information on each pub from their respective websites.

Personally, a few London pubs that I may have frequented more that once for research purposes that should be on the list of just great pubs are The Nags Head, of course, Prospect of Whitby, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, Lamb & Flag, Red Lion (Mayfair location) and the Windsor Castle. Any others I need to check out would be greatly appreciated…again, for research purposes only. Cheers.

p.s. BTW, don’t even consider turning on your cell phone in The Nags Head. Just trust me on this one.

  • carrie

    I hear that the Winchester is a great pub to hunker down in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Or at least it worked for Simon Pegg.

  • carrie

    I hear that the Winchester is a great pub to hunker down in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Or at least it worked for Simon Pegg.