Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
On Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:34:29 GMT, Peter Moylan
Post by Peter Moylan Post by Spains Harden
I would think "the Crater Lake" is wrong, but you can add "the" to
the others - as a matter of taste. Then you meet the problem we have
with English pub names - should it be The George or the George?
English pub names seem to be a lot more colourful than their Australian
equivalents. According to a list I just looked up, the most common
Post by Peter Moylan
names are Royal, Commercial, Club, Grand, and Central. In small towns
the hotel name is just the name of the town, as in Tallarook Hotel.
Post by Peter Moylan
you get names like the Junction Hotel or the Northern Hotel, whose
origin is pretty obvious.
The nearest pub to me is called the Iron Horse Inn. I see that it was
originally called the Royal Hotel. I suppose the name was changed when
the railway came through, but I can't get any confirmation of that.
We get a lot of 'Red Lion's, '[Rose and] Crown's but 'New Inn' is almost
Sadly the localish 'Tippling Philosopher' is no more.
There's one in Dorset though.
There are *thousands* of quirky, picturesque, or just plain odd English
I offer just a few examples from my own peregrinations around the
taverns and hostelries of this green and pleasant land, this sceptred
isle, this precious stone set in the silver sea:
Oxford delights in the "Eagle and Child" and the "Lamb and Flag", both
of which are old Tolkien watering holes.
Sheffield has the "Frog and Parrot" and "The Fat Cat" (the latter being
a real ale pub that taught me, in a somewhat colourful fashion, the
difference between Students' Union cider and actual cider - I was
halfway down the fourth pint when the first pint hit).
Gloucester boasts the "Welsh Harp" (don't bother), the "Fountain"
(bother!), and of course the "Double Gloucester".
And Northampton has the "White Elephant", next to the Racecourse and
originally a hotel for racegoers, renamed "White Elephant" when the
Racecourse was closed in the early 1900s.
One of my favourite pub names (and one that appears in at least three
English towns - Leeds, Liverpool, and Durham) is "The Library", which
I'm told is a mechanism for allowing students to claim, on being asked
to explain an absence, to reply in all honesty "I was in the library".
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