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"Few things are more pleasant than a village graced with a good church, a good priest and a good pub"

John Hilaby, travel writer

Pub Names are intriguing. Bill Bryson[1] observed that a Briton doesn’t want to ‘dub his drinking’ in a place with an ordinary name such as Harry’s Bar or Greenwood Lounge. It has to be the ‘Dog and Duck’, the ‘Goose and Firkin’ or the ‘Spotted Dog’.

However Bill Bryson does not understand the British psyche when he writes that pub names ‘defy all logical explanation’. It is just a question of digging deep, sometimes very deep in history, local folklore or long lost traditions and find the name of ones favourite haunt most obvious[2].


[1] Bill Bryson, The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

[2] Some of the explanation for Lenham’s pub names are taken from the website of the inn sign society 






is a year to remember. Until 1982 it was legal to refuse to serve a woman in a pub. Pubs were a male domain. Women who were tolerated in pubs were often ladies of bad repute.