The Oldest Pub in England
Ye Olde fighting Cocks
Although the title for ‘The oldest pub in England’ has long been disputed by several venues, Ye olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans is recognised as such by The Guinness Book of Records, and who are we to argue ?
The original purpose of the building was as a pigeon house, and was actually located closer to St. Albans Cathedral until the 11th century when it was moved to it’s present location on Abbey Mill Lane. On this site it was actually built on 8th century foundations. Once it began to be used as a tavern it gained the name ‘The Round House’ and it wasn’t until the 1800’s that it became known as ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’. This was a result of the regular cock fights which were held in the pub.
Some original features remain including the main fireplace with bread oven and oak roof beams. There are even tunnels reputedly running from the beer cellar to St. Albans Cathedral, previously used by monks on a regular basis.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks has a range of malt whiskeys and cask ales available, as well as hot and cold food including a steak pie which is well known and well loved by the locals.
Other contenders for the title of England’s Oldest Pub include ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ in Nottingham, and ‘The Man and Scythe’ in Lancashire.