Throughout the ages, pubs have been a beacon of quintessential British life. Whether it be for a few pints after work or somewhere to enjoy some amazing homemade food with the family – pubs are somewhere British people love to frequent.
Since the start of the middle ages ‘free houses’ or pubs (as we know them today) have housed ale drinkers for many many years and when water was the least healthiest and safest option to consume – Britain fell in love with beer.
Now public houses have boomed across the world with TV, Film and Literature boasting some of the most iconic drinking establishments that we know today.
So we have decided to come up with our own list of the Top 5 Fictional Pubs that we dream could be our very own local.
- The Queen Victoria
Known by many EastEnders viewers as ‘the Queen Vic’, this London based public house made its first appearance in 1985. Since then it has been the home of some of the most iconic scenes of televisions and definitely the place where many of the Walford residents go to play a good ole game of fisticuffs. It was queen landlady Peggy Mitchell (Played by the amazing Barbara Winsor) that coined one of the most famous lines in pub history – it would be hard to find anyone that doesn’t attempt her phrase “Get outta my pub” in their best cockney accent. So with over 30 years in business, this is why The Queen Vic is the top of our local wish list.
- The Rovers Return Inn
Next on our list is another soap superstar. Since gracing the screens in 1960, it is no wonder that you would struggle to find a person who didn’t know the existence of this legendary pub. With its numerous owners and storylines more in-depth that any blockbuster movie – this is definitely one pub we would visit to hear the latest on the street.
- The Winchester
This pub needs no introduction. We say “Zombie Apocalypse” and you say “Let’s go to The Winchester”. This fictional free house was made famous in the cult parody Shaun of the Dead, where central character Shaun decides him and his friends should ride out the zombie invasion in their local. With perfect ale on tap, enough pork scratching to keep you fed for months and a vast amount of bar games to ward off any zombie attack – we believe it would be the number one choice of us too.
- The Three Broomsticks
Even in the popular children’s book and film franchise, J.K. Rowling knew she would have to include the symbol of the Great British Pub…and she did. In a world of witchcraft and wizardry, The Three Broomsticks houses all things magic and more. Creating the worldwide phenomenon of Butterbeer – even the local pub of three young wizards is somewhere we desperately want to be on a Friday after work.
- The Prancing Pony
Last on our list is the pub that began the adventure of all adventures. The Prancing Pony features in J.R.R Tolkien’s classic tale of the hobbit destined to destroy all evil – The Lord of the Rings. Spending his university days in the delights of Oxford, it is no wonder that Tolkien decided to include a pub with such characteristics and charm. With a landlord that has ale for all, food for many and rooms to recover from the latter, it is no surprise that The Prancing Pony is on our top 5 list of fictional pubs we would love to visit…once upon a time.
So if you want more than just a fictional fix of real ale and superb spirits then visit one of our 140 pubs across the UK to enjoy a good drinks amongst good friends.