There’s really no doubt about it – there are two particularly outstanding things that most people enjoy when they are visiting the UK. They are the history of the place – you can’t move without bumping into something or other that’s historic – and of course, the pubs. With Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, you get the best of both worlds.
The pub, which is in Nottingham, promotes itself as being the oldest inn in England and dates from 1189. Wikipedia drily informs us that ‘there is no documentation to verify this date’. But what sort of documentation do they think that pubs in Nottingham had in those days? And do they think that the piece of parchment or whatever would still survive?
But whether this early date is really that of the pub’s founding – and it might be nonsense of course – it’s still pretty damned old and a great place to visit. And it’s built into the cliff walls that are at the bottom of Nottingham Castle and the pub incorporates cave rooms that were excavated from the cliff.
The curious name is said to come from the theory that crusaders, on their way from Nottingham to Jerusalem. Which seems like a good idea to me; fill yer boots before going off to deal with the infidels.
Nottingham and its castle are, of course, connected to the crusades by the stories (legends?) of Robin Hood. Remember that the baddie, the Sherrif of Nottingham, was a henchman of the evil Prince John whose goal it was to overthrow the gallant King Richard the Lionheart who was away giving those infidels what for.
Despite the erroneous association with Robin Hood*, Nottingham is seeped in history and after a day discovering the sights, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem**, a pint or two and dinner from its extensive menu is just the job.
* Despite what popular legend tells us, Robin Hood was actually from Yorkshire. Nottingham has tried its best to capitalise of the legend but the fact remains. Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman.
** ‘Ye Olde’ is often pronounced, wrongly, as ‘yee oldie’. This is completely incorrect. This is simply the way that it was written. The letter Y represented the ‘th’ sound and ‘olde’ was simply the way that ‘old’ was spelled in earlier times.
And of course, like any old building, the pub is supposed to be haunted. See the video below.
HOW TO FIND YE OLDE TRIP TO JERUSALEM
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
1, Brewhouse Yard,
Nottingham NG1 6AD,
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.