There is a pub called The Legend Of Oily Johnnies in Workington and a Hairy Lemon Pub in Dublin
THERE are more than 50,000 pubs in the UK, and while there are thousands called the King’s Head, the Coach And Horses, and The George, others are truly unique.
For instance, Cumbria is home to a Drunken Duck, Shipton Moyne has a Cat And Custard, and Cornwall has a Bucket of Blood public house.
In celebration of the quirky names, Holiday Cottages this week compiled a list of the most unique pub titles.
But how did the inns get such bizarre names in the first place?
Many of the pubs were first named when large parts of the British population were illiterate, so quirky titles with elaborate pictures on the signs outside helped drinkers to identify various drinking holes.
While pubs like the ‘Fox And Hounds’ refer to hunting, others like the White Hart and Red Lion often refer to heraldry, for instance, a white hart featured as the badge of King Richard II.
Here, Sun Online lists some of the best names and where the inspiration came from…
The Nobody Inn, in Doddiscombsleigh, near Exeter
The Nobody Inn in Doddiscombsleigh has a rather sad meaning behind the name.
According to legend, a former landlord who’d passed away was having his coffin transported back to the pub for the wake, but when the pall bearers arrived, there was nobody there.
The Bunch of Carrots in Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire
No, the drinkers of Hampton Bishop aren’t obsessed with getting their five-a-day.
David Rothwell, author of The Dictionary of Pub Names, the name of the inn refers to a strangely-shaped rock formation in the River Wye nearby.
The Hairy Lemon Pub in Dublin
The Hairy Lemon pub in Dublin has probably put a few people off ordering a G&T over the years.
But the name was given to the pub in memory of one of the city’s great characters, who was a dog catcher in the 1950’s.
He was reputed to boast a lemon shaped face and a stubble of gooseberry like hair, according to the pub’s website.
The Spread Eagle pub in Greenwich, South London
The Spread Eagle in Greenwich has nothing to do with the amorous nature of its drinkers.
In fact, in old days it referred to an eagle displayed on a coat of arms, most likely from Germany.
This would inform drinkers that there were German wines and beer for sale inside.
The Drunken Duck Inn, Cumbria
The Drunken Duck is a 300-year-old inn and restaurant near Ambleside, in the Lake District.
Legend has it that the name came from a particular landlady who used to keep ducks.
One day, the birds got drunk after alcohol seeped into their drinking trough and they passed out.
Assuming they were dead, the woman decided to pluck and cook them, but the animals woke up when they were being put into the hot oven and their lives were spared.
They had to wear knitted sweaters for several years until their feathers grew back though.
The Bucket of Blood pub, near Hayle, Cornwall
Everyone is now welcome at the Bucket Of Blood, but that wasn’t always the case.
Back in the day, the pub was a regular haunt for smugglers and thieves along Cornwall’s coastline.
According to legend, one evening the pub landlord went to draw water from the well outside and collected a bucket of blood instead, from a dead body at the bottom.
The Bull And Spectacles in Blithbury, Rugeley
The Bull And Spectacles in Blithbury used to be known as the Bull’s Head.
But one day a drunk man decided to climb up to the sign and leave his glasses on top of the bull’s head.
Fortunately the owners found it hilarious and decided to change the name as a tribute to the prank.
The Legend Of Oily Johnnies in Workington
The Legend Of Oily Johnnies sounds a lot ruder than it really is.
The pub in Winscales, Workington, used to be called The Oak Tree.
But it was renamed after one of its patrons – a man called Johnnie who used to sell paraffin oil in the pub.