Drymen’s ‘The Clachan Inn’ has topped a poll of Britain’s most popular old pubs by Liberty Games, a dedicated Pub Blog, based on Google ratings.
Said to have opened as the first licensed pub in 1734, The Clachan has an average Google star rating of 4.7.
The history of pub claims that the first licensee of The Clachan was Mistress Gow – sister of outlaw turned Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor, born in 1671. Today, the inn is run by Gordon and Elaine Strang.
The top 10 most loved, oldest pubs are:
|Pub name||Location||Date claimed to have opened|
|1||The Clachan Inn||Drymen, Scotland||1734|
|2||The Skirrid Inn||Abergavenny, Wales||1110|
|3||Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem||Nottingham||1189|
|4||The Royal Standard of England||Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire||1086|
|5||Ye Olde Man and Scythe||Bolton, Greater Manchester||1251|
|6||The Bingley Arms||Bardsley, Leeds||953 AD|
|7||Ye Olde Fighting Cocks||St Albans, Hertfordshire||793 AD|
|8||Ye Olde Salutation Inn||Nottingham||1240|
|9||The Adam and Eve||Norwich||1249|
|10||The Prospect of Whitby||Wapping, London||1520|
Taking second place is ‘The Skirrid Inn’ in Abergavenny, Wales, which has received an average of 4.6 Google stars, and claimed to have opened in 1110.
You can see their findings in this old-style map here.