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I’m in Nottingham when I should be in Newark and it’s all because of the trip to Jerusalem. Funny, how an innocent remark can lead you to unintended places.

Returning one day from the Newark-on-Trent antiques fair, I happened to mention to my cab driver, a certain Mr. R., formerly of the Royal Marines, that I had once stopped in at the Blue Man, a pub by the train station.

“Rubbish,” he replied. “Next time, I’ll take you to a real pub.”

Never one to shy away from adventure, I accepted the offer. I can’t recall, however, whether he mentioned that his pub was 40 miles away in Nottingham.

Reputed to be England’s oldest pub, The Trip to Jerusalem is hollowed out of the solid rock upon which stands Nottingham castle. The pub contains a honeycomb of caves and a secret passage through which Edward III’s men seized Roger de Mortimer in 1330. Apparently, Mortimer’s crime was making love to Queen Isabella.

What’s in a name? It would seem a considerable amount of confusion.

In 1070, the inn was called the Pilgrim. Then, in 1189, the name changed after an advance party of the Second Crusade bound for the Holy Land dropped in for a pint. Some maintain that the old English “tryppe” meant to stay or stop.  Others contend that the word never meant anything of the sort, and that records of the name don’t appear until the 18th century. More likely, the premises belonged to the brew house that served the castle whose construction began in the 11th century.

Either way, the place is full of atmosphere, great beer and mouthwatering food.

I polish off a pint of Guinness and a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with roast beef. I happily concede to knowledgeable Mr. R. that it’s a much better place than the Blue Man.

Care to venture an opinion on your favorite pub?

 

J. Peterman

 

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March 05, 2009 12:00 PM
790 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-5 MissIve said...

Any that have a dog that everyone knows, a bookshelf of board games, a vicker that stores his stein, complete with family crest, behind the bar and questionable, mismatched lawn furniture.

The Royal Archer in Edinburgh is the one exception to that rule, but only because it has parts of the old, buried city embedded in its walls.

But now I have to make the Trip to Jerusalem.

March 05, 2009 3:13 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Suddenly ....... I am hearing, Neil Diamond ..............

March 05, 2009 5:10 PM
First-com jim murphy said...

john, i liked the one on the english pub and the guiness. in my business trips to england, scotland, ireland etc. the locals would take me only to unknown pubs where you could get a baked potato with virtually any food in the world as a topping. better than harrod's food court.

the stories were fabulous especially those told by bearded seniors with no teeth and a breath that would kill a grizzly where he stood!

for me, there on business, the problem was that my local friends would only go to these pubs between 2pm and 2:30pm.  why? because that is the time the fresh guiness draft was delivered.  they would have nothing less that the freshest guiness and in reasonably large amounts!!!  no more business that day for me!

ps: my favorite european square is at the duomo in milan.

 

best of everything, jim murphy  (hop's best friend!) 

March 05, 2009 5:11 PM
First-com jim murphy said...

john, i liked the one on the english pub and the guiness. in my business trips to england, scotland, ireland etc. the locals would take me only to unknown pubs where you could get a baked potato with virtually any food in the world as a topping. better than harrod's food court.

the stories were fabulous especially those told by bearded seniors with no teeth and a breath that would kill a grizzly where he stood!

for me, there on business, the problem was that my local friends would only go to these pubs between 2pm and 2:30pm.  why? because that is the time the fresh guiness draft was delivered.  they would have nothing less that the freshest guiness and in reasonably large amounts!!!  no more business that day for me!

ps: my favorite european square is at the duomo in milan.

 

best of everything, jim murphy  (hop's best friend!) 

March 05, 2009 7:51 PM
Bwme 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 nachista said...

I'm soooooooooo going there the next time I'm in England.

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