Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Garrick Inn,Stratford upon Avons oldest pub

The Garrick pub,in Stratford upon Avon,picture is copyright to Notty(Al Noteman)

This was sent to me by Notty,seems he and his lady had their lunch here,its the oldest pub in town and just shows us how long wood can last!

Situated on the main High Street in Stratford the Garrick Inn is Stratfords oldest pub. A traditional black and white pub which dates back to the 14th Century. Refurbished in 2005, inside there is an olde worlde feel to the place with original beams and wood features. There is a small bar room, with a TV, another bar and a dining area. Being so central we are very popular with tourists, regulars and passers by alike. Workers and shoppers spend their lunchtimes with us, relaxing over a drink from the well stocked bar or having a meal chosen from the main menu.

The Garrick Inn, the double gabled building with curving timbers, is in a building that dates from 1595 and has been an Inn since the early 1700s. It's possible there was a pub on this site as early as the 14th century. The taller building, next door, with the straight timbers, was the home of Katherine Rogers, mother of John Harvard-the founder of Harvard University. Today it is a museum of British pewter, owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
The Garrick Inn was named for Shakespearean actor David Garrick after he organized the Shakespeare Jubilee in 1760. Until recently, its other major distinction was that this was the only non-smoking pub in Stratford-upon-Avon. But on July 1, 2007, all enclosed public places in England were scheduled to become smoke-free.

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