I went to a Nadfas lecture today on the history – and the present – of pub signs, which was really entertaining. The lecturer was very good – and I thought of a sideline, that I didn’t raise in questions after the lecture, but would have if I’d been on the committee (no more committees for me, just now) and taken him for lunch – that is, nicknames for pubs.
Come on, darlings, signing in for comments is off, so if you have any funnies, let’s ‘av ’em.
I can start with a few.
The Lady of the Lake in Oulton Broad was always known as The Bitch in the Ditch (yes, I know. Sorry)
The Black Swan, down the road at Homersfield, is the Mucky Duck.
I can’t remember its original name and it’s now an American-style diner, but there was a pub in Boringland (starts with a P but pfft) that was always known as Old Grumpy’s, after the landlord, so its name was changed to that.