Some of the oldest pubs in Yorkshire where you can watch the 2022 World Cup and the history behind it

With these pubs’ rich history stretching back hundreds of years, there is so much to explore whilst enjoying a nice pint while watching the 2022 World Cup.

Yorkshire is home to many breweries and pubs which have been instrumental in the region’s tourism business. Many of the most historic pubs are in Yorkshire’s most historic cities including York, Sheffield, Otley and Leeds.

Brewing has been widespread in Yorkshire since at least the 12th century, for example at the now derelict Fountains Abbey which at its peak was producing 60 kegs of strong ale every 10 days. Most of today’s Yorkshire breweries date back to the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Many of the following pubs have fascinating histories dating back to the Roman and Domesday years. Pubs now offer a wide range of ales, lagers, beers, traditional pub grub and now most of them are showing the 2022 World Cup on their screens.

The Old Queen’s Head Pub, Pond Hill, Sheffield in August 1978. (Photo credit: Sheffield Newspapers)

Nine of Yorkshire’s oldest pubs

Based in Leeds, the Bingley Arms was originally called The Priests Inn and is believed to be Britain’s oldest pub.

Dating to between 905 and 953 AD, it is believed to have served as a shelter for persecuted Catholic priests and as a courthouse around 1000 AD, where criminals were taken to the pillory across the street.

The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey. (Image credit: James Hardisty)

It is also a restaurant and a former winner of the Yorkshire Evening Post Restaurant of the Year Award.

The Old Bridge Inn, Halifax

The earliest record of this pub is thought to date from 1307; It was formerly the home of the early Yeoman Clothier Robert of Brigge of Soland.

Their descendants built many fine homes in the area, including Somerset House on George Street in Halifax.

Old bridge inn. (Image credit: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

It is conveniently located next to the River Ryburn and on the main road between York and Chester, making it a convenient place for travelers to stop by.

The White Horse Inn (Nellies), Beverly

This pub was a coaching inn before 1666 and is believed to be the second oldest surviving inn in Beverley, alongside The Sun Inn opposite Beverley Minster.

Its historical importance comes from original features preserved from its foundations, including gaslights, chandeliers, small single bedrooms, stone and wood floors, and open fireplaces.

The White Horse Inn, Hengate, Beverly. (Image credit: Bruce Rollinson)

Old Queens Head, Sheffield

The Old Queens Head dates back to 1475 and is located in Sheffield city centre, making it a great place for some delicious food and drinks with friends and family.

It is a refurbished half-timbered pub offering fresh, home-cooked food and a range of cask ales, gins and mixed drinks.

It was in the estate of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. In the early 19th century the building was used as a residence and the pub takes its name from Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned in Sheffield from 1570 to 1584.

The building has been a listed building since 1952.

The Old Hill Inn, Carnforth

Ye Olde Starre Inne, Stonegate, York. (Image credit: James Hardisty)

This pub is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales between Ingleborough and Whernside, making it an idyllic spot to enjoy the stunning views.

Dating back to 1615, it was originally a working farm, then Drovers Inn, and now offers delicious fresh food and prides itself on its puddings.

It’s a family business owned by famed pastry chef and sugar sculptor Colin Martin, and exhibits his elaborate sculptures in the dining room.

The building was originally a house in a courtyard of Walmgate, the original north-east part of the building being built in the 15th century.

The south-east part of the building was remodeled around 1600 and in the 17th century a lower wing was added to the south-west in two separate sections with a brick ground floor.

Further extensions were made in the 18th century and a new front was added in the 19th century. The building only became a pub in the 19th century.

Ye Olde Starre Inne, York

Ye Olde Starre Inn was built in 1644 and is believed to be York’s oldest pub and, according to its website, was used as a hospital and mortuary for the soldiers during the English Civil War.

You can stop by for a pint, some food or snacks and watch the World Cup.

Cross Keys Temperance Inn

The earliest records of the Cross Keys mention Thomas Bland as the owner in 1619 and were probably expanded in the mid-17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

The most historic part of the building is the parlor and the space above. It was left in the hands of the National Trust in Mrs Edith Adelaide Bunney’s will in 1949, to be preserved as an unlicensed inn in memory of her sister, Miss Mary Blanche Hewetson.

In the early 1700s Cross Keys was a farmhouse called High Haygarth and is said to have been converted into an inn shortly after 1819.

According to the Old White Swan website, the pub dates back to the 16th century and the Grade I listed building was used as an inn in 1703, making it one of the oldest pubs in York.

The tallest man in the world, Mr O’Brian, who stood at 2.40m, was in the pub with the proprietor, who charged visitors a shilling to see ‘the Irish giant’.


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