10 Unique British Pub Signs

Shooting Star Ale Pie House
The Shooting Star Ale Pie House in London, England | Creative Commons : Flickr user UggBoy/UggGirl

Here are 10 Stunning British Pub Signs for your inspiration. I always love to see some of these unique, traditional and quirky signs when I visit various destinations here in the UK. The signs are often steeped in tradition, with some telling a story in a picture:

Tom Cribb Pub Sign
Tom Cribb Pub Sign | Creative Commons : David Anstiss

Jolly Sailor pub sign
Jolly Sailor pub sign | Creative Commons : Richard Dorrell

Ringlestone Inn
>Ringlestone Inn pub sign | Creative Commons : Geograph.org<

Brewers Arms sign
The Brewers Arms pub sign | Creative Commons : Oast House Archive

Pub Sign
The British Volunteer, pub sign, Ashford | Creative Commons : Geograph.org>

Half Moon, Broad Green
Half Moon, Broad Green pub sign | Creative Commons : Flickr user Ewan M

The Crown Inn
The Crown Inn, pub sign, Sarre | Creative Commons : David Anstiss

Locksbottom pub sign
British Queen, pub sign, Locksbottom | Creative Commons : David Anstiss

Brewers Arms pub sign
Brewers Arms pub signage | Creative Commons : Oast House Archive

Royal Standard in Croydon
Royal Standard pub sign, Croydon | Creative Commons : Flickr user Ewan M

What are the pub signs like where you live? Do they differ from the British ones shown here?

5 thoughts on “10 Unique British Pub Signs”

  1. Rob Cubbon
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    This is a post on something I’m extremely interested in! Pub signs and names are really interesting and historical. Round here we have an Orange Tree (which has a sign of an orange tree, as I remember!) and a Griffin. My favourite pub name is The World’s End. There’s one in Finsbury Park (north London) and another famous one in the fashionable King’s Road (west London).

  2. David Airey
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    That sailor does look quite jolly, doesn’t he? More than can be said for the Queen.

    Rob, there’s a World’s End pub in Edinburgh, too, and although it’s on the Royal Mile, is built on top of where the old city-limit wall once stood. Decent pub.

  3. Ray Vellest
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    Brilliant collection Andrew, a true celebration of Britishness. I loved Tom Cribb sign! It took me a minute to realize he had his fists in a fight position, at first I thought he was suppose to be holding something! 🙂

  4. Andrew Kelsall
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    Rob → I think I’ve either been in, or seen a The World’s End pub too. I think that pub signs are something that people will literally judge a pub by, so like yourself, I love to see a good one too.

    David → In Whitby, there’s plenty of Jolly Sailor type-signs. I really ought to take some photos next time I go.

    Ray → I’m unsure as to whether someone holding their fists for a fight is a good image for a British pub, though 😉

    Like you said, I feel like celebrating a bit of good ‘ol Britishness. Must be the Royal Wedding placebo effect.

    Thanks all for commenting…

  5. Rob Cubbon
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    David, I’ll have to go to the World’s End the next time I’m in Edinburgh.

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