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Most Unusual Pubs in England

England is known the world over for its unique and often quirky pub culture. In this article, we look at some of the most unusual pubs that stand out from the rest as places to include on your England tour itinerary. 

From the oldest pub in the country to the smallest, those with historic links with many featuring historic decor, unusual features, and eccentric collections. and even the first organic pub in the UK, lets’s take a look at some of the brilliantly English institutions in more detail. 

The Nutshell in Bury St. Edmunds 

One of the most unusual pubs in the country, and it is also the smallest pub in England, with a total floor space of just 15 square meters. Despite its tiny size, the Nutshell offers a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with a small bar and a few tables where customers can enjoy a drink and chat with the friendly staff. The pub also serves a selection of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as snacks and light meals.

Duke of Cambridge in Islington

The first organic pub in the country. The pub was founded in 1997 by Tony Bishop and Catherine Sedgwick, who wanted to create a sustainable and eco-friendly drinking establishment. As a result, the Duke of Cambridge serves only organic and sustainable food and drink, from locally-sourced beer and cider to free-range eggs and organic milk. The pub also offers a variety of events and activities, such as live music and wine tastings.

The Dog and Partridge in Derbyshire

The pub was originally a 17th-century coaching inn, but it has been converted into a train carriage, offering a unique and unusual drinking experience. The pub features a bar made from an old train carriage, with original features such as brass fittings and leather seats. The pub also offers a selection of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

The Old Fire Station in Oxford

The pub was originally a fire station, but it has been converted into a pub, featuring a bar made from an old fire engine and a beer garden in the old fire station yard. The pub also offers a variety of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as a selection of pub grub, such as sandwiches and burgers. The Old Fire Station is also known for its live music events, with a variety of bands and musicians performing in the beer garden.

If you’d like a tour of Oxford before hitting the pub, or even one that includes it, check out our Day Trips from London page.

The Old Goat in Cornwall 

Originally a 17th-century coaching inn, but it has been converted into a shop, featuring a bar made from a vintage caravan and a beer garden in the old goat shed. The pub offers a selection of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as a variety of snacks and light meals. The Old Goat is also known for its beautiful location, with stunning views of the countryside and the sea.

The Mayflower in Rotherhithe 

Dating back to the 16th century, The Mayflower is famous for being the place where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620, and it is named after the ship that carried them across the Atlantic. The Mayflower offers a variety of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as a selection of pub grub, such as sandwiches and burgers. The pub is also known for its beautiful location, with stunning views of the River Thames and the city skyline.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans 

If you are looking for a pub with a unique and quirky atmosphere, the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans is a great place to visit. The pub is the oldest pub in England, dating back to the 8th century, and it is also home to a collection of over 200 taxidermied animals. The pub offers a variety of beers, ciders, and spirits, as well as a selection of pub grub, such as sandwiches and burgers. The Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is also known for its unique and eccentric decor, with stuffed animals, old photographs, and other oddities on display throughout the pub.

Plan Your Visit To An English Pub

England is a country with a rich and vibrant pub culture, offering a wide range of unique and unusual pubs to visit. From the smallest pub in England to the first organic pub in the country, there is something for everyone in England’s pub scene. Whether you are a beer aficionado or a lover of historic charm, there is a pub in England that is sure to delight and surprise you.

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