Oldest and ‘most loved’ pubs revealed

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Whole lot of history: the highly rated Clachan Inn, Drymen, Scotland, claims to have opened in 1734
Whole lot of history: the highly rated Clachan Inn, Drymen, Scotland, claims to have opened in 1734
Analysis of Google reviews has revealed a combination of the UK’s highest rated, and also oldest, watering holes.

Games room specialists Liberty Games analysed the Google reviews of each of the UK's oldest pubs to see which were also the most highly regarded by pubgoers around the country.

In Drymen, Scotland, the Clachan Inn claimed to opened as the first licensed pub in 1734 and with an average google rating of 4.7.

Pub history

Liberty Games said the history of the pub claimed the first licensee was Mistress Gow – sister of Rob Roy MacGregor, born in 1671.

In second place was the Skirrid Inn, Abergavenny, Wales, which has an average of 4.6 Google stars and claimed to have opened in 1110.

The origin of the name of the pub Skirrid is based on the Welsh word for shiver – ysgwyd. It was rumoured, more than 2,000 years ago, just after the crucifixion of Jesus, the mountain the pub is on showed its anger, shivering and breaking into two, creating two mountains – ‘the Great Shiver’ and ‘the Little Shiver’.

The pub has also been used as a courtroom and place of execution, with its own oak hanging beam and is listed as one of Britain’s most haunted pubs.

UK’s oldest

In England, Nottingham is home to two of the top 10 most popular, oldest pubs including Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which claimed to have opened in 1189 and has an average Google rating of 4.5 stars.

As well as Ye Olde Salutation Inn, which allegedly opened in 1240 and has an average rating of 4.4 stars.

Nottingham is also home to the Bell Inn – a pub that claims to be one of the oldest in the UK as it opened in 1427.

Oldest Pubs - Liberty Games

The top 10 most loved and old pubs are:

  1. The Clachan Inn, Drymen, Scotland, claimed to have opened in 1734.
  2. The Skirrid Inn, Abergavenny, Wales, claimed to have opened in 1110.
  3. Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem in Nottingham, claimed to have opened in 1189.
  4. The Royal Standard of England in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, claimed to have opened 1086.
  5. Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Greater Manchester, claimed to have opened in 1251.
  6. The Bingley Arms in Bardsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, claimed to have opened in 953 AD.
  7. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, Hertfordshire, claimed to have opened in 793 AD.
  8. Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham, claimed to have opened in 1240.
  9. The Adam and Eve in Norwich, claimed to have opened in 1249.
  10. The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, east London, claimed to have opened in 1520.

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