Top 10 Weirdest Pub Names in the United Kingdom

If you are from the United Kingdom or if you have spent time here you will no doubt have noticed that we have quite a unique selection of some of the weirdest pub names. Many of them are done ‘tongue in cheek’ and many are just names that have lost their true meaning over time. Either way, some are just plain hilarious and some are just plain weird!

In the United Kingdom you are rarely more than a stones through away from the nearest pub and for people like myself and no doubt all of you reading this article that is one of the things that we like about this country.

Walk in any direction and you’ll most likely see names of pubs such as The Crown, The Red Lin, Royal Oak, The Plough, The White Horse or Prince of Wales. And whilst they are some fine names for a great pub and have served this country probably hundreds of years that isn’t what we’re here today to look at.

For every typical name attached to a pub there is it’s polar opposite in terms of its non-traditional moniker somewhere in the country. These are the names that makes you read the sign twice and think “What the hell does that mean?” or just a simple “What??”

So, let’s have a look at ten of the weirdest pub names in the United Kingdom.

The Famous Cock: Islington, London

The Famous Cock - Weirdest Pub Names
The Famous Cock (Image Taken From Google)

I actually used to work across the road from this one for a couple of years so thought I’d start off with a something a little close to home. OK, so it’s slightly immature of me but it made me smile a lot every day when I passed it. It’s a really good pub too though…not just a great name!

The Pyrotechnists Arms: Nunhead Green, London

Pyrotechnist's Arms, Nunhead, SE15


This is definitely one of those that I said makes you go “What??”…Even whilst researching this article I had to read the name of this pub more than once just to make sure that I was reading it correctly. This London pub is themed around Guy Fawkes (Tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament years ago for all you non UK readers) so the name begins to make a little more sense. Highly worthy of being in this list of ten I reckon.

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn: Stalybridge

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn - Weirdest Pub Names
The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn (Image Taken From Facebook)

Whilst not exactly one that makes you ponder the name or confuses your mind it is still one of the oddest names for a pub I’ve ever seen. Just look at the sign across the building? Enough said.

The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower: Asthead

The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower - Weirdest Pub Names
The Leg Of Mutton & Cauliflower (Image Taken From Facebook)

As a meal, this isn’t that odd when I come to think of it (well, maybe a little bit odd) but as a pub name…I think it’s up there with some of the weirdest pub names.

Peveril of the Peak: Derbyshire

Peveril of the Peak
Peveril of the Peak (Image Taken From Google)

Out of context this name doesn’t make much sense until you know what it refers to. Apparently this pub is named after a stagecoach which was able to make the journey between Manchester and London in only two days, most probably running through Derbyshire where this pub is located. Pretty good name for a pub though I reckon!

Poosie Nansies Inn: Mauchline, Scotland

Poosi Nansies Inn - Weirdest Pub Names
Poosie Nansies Inn (Image Taken From Google)

Just a funny name to be honest. Named after a former landlady who is buried nearby this pub is well known and respected in the local area….funny or not, its still one of the weirdest pub names I’ve ever head.

The Mad Bishop & Bear: Paddington, London

The Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington station - Weirdest Pub Names
The Mad Bishop & Bear (Image Taken From Flikr)

This Fullers pub is located at Paddington Station in London. The name creates quite the picture in the mind doesn’t it? This weird pub name apparently refers to the land where the pub is located having been the location of an Abbey in the past. The bear part…well, have you ever seen or read Paddington Bear?

The Legend of Oily Johnnies: Winscales, Cumbria

The Legend Of Oily Johnnies, Winscales, Cumbria - Weirdest Pub Names
The Legend of Oily Johnnies (Image Taken From Pintrest)

What can we say about this one? If you’re from the UK you may read something into it…if you’re not from the UK, maybe do a bit or a Google search on what this term means. The true (or supposedly true) meaning behind the name is that the pub was named after a former patron called Johnny who used to sell paraffin.

Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town: London

Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town - Weirdest Pub Names
Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town (Image Taken From Flikr)

Not only is the name of this London pub pretty darn weird, you also have to enter it through a fridge?? All kinds of strange and definitely worthy of being one of our weirdest pub names on our list!

The Lower Turks Head: Manchester

The Lower Turks Head - Weirdest Pub Names
The Lower Turks Head (Image Taken From Flikr)

Clearly referring back to the times of the crusades. The ‘Lower’ part of the name however refers to there once being two pubs in the area called The Turks Head. How two pubs in such close proximity came to be called the same name I just don’t know but we’re glad they did otherwise they wouldn’t have made our list.

So there you have it. Our Top Ten Weirdest Pub Names in the United Kingdom!

To be completely honest with you all, there’s thousands of names that could have ended up on this list. The people who named all of these places in the past had an imagination I could only dream of.

If you know any other pub names that would be worth of being added to the list then share them in the comments below.

If you’ve got a name for a pub that doesn’t exist yet then share that below too…the weirder the better!

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