Part of the UK’s attractions is its pubs. The nation has pubs of all sizes and shapes; all ages too. Historical pubs especially have great popularity, mostly attributable to the stories that are attached to these drinking establishments. Some are true stories, some are pure myths, while others are creations that have been told and retold until they appear real.

Nottingham is an especially fertile ground for these stories. Here are a few popular myths you will hear about historical Nottingham pubs.

The ‘Cursed Galleon’

This is a model of a ship that is found within the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub. It is covered in cobwebs and stored in a glass case. The myth surrounding it is that it was left behind by a visiting sailor and that it carries terrible luck. Anyone who touches it dies mysteriously. It is said, thus, that a medium was tasked to put it inside the glass case since no workman would dare touch it. It now sits in the case, away from anyone’s reach.

Disappearing Beer at Cross Keys

There is a historic pub sitting along Byard Lane, Nottingham. The site has been used for brewing purposes since as far back as 1700. At one time, the owners realised that they were losing more beer than they had available for sale, something of a mystery. Stories arose of what could be causing the disappearance, with many myths coming to the fore.

It was, however, later discovered that railway building navvies had burrowed into the cellars and used to steal the beer. Technically, they were like players chasing Promos at to try their luck.

Dragons at the Bell Inn

There is a myth that four dragons once spent the night at the Bell Inn, Angel Row. They paid 3s (15p) for the overnight residence. The legend is, however, a twist on words. It was actually a regiment of dragoons, infantry soldiers who actually stayed there.