Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rude Pub Names, continued


Continuing the pics and addresses of rude Brit pub names, provided by Graham E, with additional commentary and items by moi.

Caution: risque content ahead.

The Cock and Seaman Hotel, Rawson Rd, Waterloo, Liverpool L21 1BZ, United Kingdom 

The Cock and Seaman is a 100 year old pub that was originally called The Doric. The name was changed in 2015 after it was bought and refurbished by the AtWill Pubs chain, which has a policy of using the word 'Cock' in most of its pubs' names. The chain, which runs around a dozen pubs in the North West, runs similarly named outlets such as The Cock and Swine, in Manchester, and The Cock in Treacle, in Macclesfield. The new name was and is not popular with the locals, who say the pub, which is on Doric Street, in Seaforth, Merseyside, did not need the re-brand. 

The new owners disagree. Ed Atkinson and Fred Williams admit the name is cheeky but say that it is a bit of humour which also reflects the local area, as do all the names chosen for their pubs. 'Seaforth has a long history with the sea, the docks were the largest in the UK when they were built in the '60s. The dock became a freeport in 1984, much like we are free houses in the pub world, you could say. Our other pubs have taken influence from their locality when we've decided on names so The Cock and Seaman made a lot of sense with the naval history surrounding Liverpool.” 

And what of those who don’t like the name? According to Atkinson and Williams: “. . . pubs are meant to be fun places to be in. Scousers are known for our sense of humour, so we hope The Cock and Seaman will be embraced and enjoyed by all who sail in her.” 

On their website, Mr Atkinson and Mr Williams say that, in 2009, they named their first pub The Cock and Pullet because it 'made them laugh'. 

As he said, scousers are known for their sense of humour. 

BTW #1: 
A scouser is a person who comes from Liverpool. 

BTW #2: 
The word "scouse" is a shortened form of "lobscouse", a stew of the same name commonly eaten by sailors. In the 19th century. Poorer people in Liverpool commonly ate scouse as it was a cheap dish, and familiar to the families of seafarers. Outsiders tended to call these people "Scousers". 

19th century sailors made lobscouse by boiling salted meat, onions, and pepper, with ship's biscuit used to thicken the dish. Modern English scouse resembles the Norwegian stew lapskaus, although it differs from the German labskaus, which is similar to Hash. Scouse is a stew, similar to Lancashire hotpot, usually of mutton, lamb (often neck), or beef with vegetables, typically potatoes, carrots, and onions. It is commonly served with pickled beetroot or pickled red cabbage and bread. 

The Bung Hole Cellars, 57 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DT, United Kingdom 

From the website “What ?ub”: 
About the Pub  
Part of the Davy's chain of wine bar/restaurants. Cask beer supplied by Shepherd Neame, sold as Davy's Old Wallop. Opening for breakfasts, lunches and dinner (last orders 8.30pm) it offers a full service menu either in the bar area or restaurant, and some food offering is available at all times. Cask beer is only sold downstairs. The chain operates to a formula that mixes a Dickensian style decor with sawdust on the floor and candlelit nooks and crannies. If you view it as a restaurant selling real ale, you won't be disappointed. The beer is expensive. A private room can be booked and seats up to 20 people. Available for private hire at the weekend. The former Bung Hole name has now been dropped on both ground floor and basement. 

From the davy website: 
With a long history as wine merchants, it is perhaps not surprising that the names of many of our bars are inspired by wine terminology. The Bunghole Cellars is our popular wine bar on High Holborn – so what’s in the name…

A bunghole is a hole bored into a barrel and capped with a large cork-like object called a ‘bung’. It is essentially the hole which lets you get quick and easy access to the wine inside. Bungholes were first used on wooden barrels and were bored by the purchaser with a brace and bit (below) either at the end of a barrel or in one of the sides. These days of course, wooden barrels are manufactured by coopers (barrel makers) who make the bungholes themselves and spare us the job. With the bung removed, a tapered ‘faucet’ can be attached to make it easier to pour the wine.

You will find plenty of barrels at The Bunghole Cellars, although most are only used for decoration rather than dispensing wine. Madeira is still served from the wood, as is Port in a number of our other bars.

The wine world continues to innovate of course and above the Bunghole Cellars in Davy’s Wine House, a bank of enomatic machines provide a more modern way of dispensing wine, preserving them perfectly and allowing users to taste many, often fine wines, before buying. 

From Wikipedia: 
Usage of the term as a slang word for the anus dates back to at least the 17th century, as shown in Thomas Urquhart's translation of Gargantua by Fran├žois Rabelais, first published in 1653. "... I say and maintain, that of all torcheculs, arsewisps, bumfodders, tail-napkins, bunghole cleansers, and wipe-breeches, there is none in the world comparable to the neck of a goose ..." 

American President Lyndon B. Johnson ordering slacks from tailor Joe Haggar over the phone (read the full transcript at the link below): 
LBJ: Now the pockets, when you sit down, everything falls out, your money, your knife, everything, so I need at least another inch in the pockets. And another thing - the crotch, down where your nuts hang - is always a little too tight, so when you make them up, give me an inch that I can let out there, uh because they cut me, it's just like riding a wire fence. These are almost, these are the best I've had anywhere in the United States,  
Joe Haggar: Fine  
LBJ: But, uh when I gain a little weight they cut me under there. So, leave me , you never do have much of margin there. See if you can't leave me an inch from where the zipper (burps) ends, round, under my, back to my bunghole, so I can let it out there if I need to. 

You can hear the whole thing by clicking on: 

I have written about the incident on Bytes previously, click on: 


The Dandy Cock, 184a Victoria Rd, Kirkby, Nottingham NG17 8AT, United Kingdom 

The emblem of the Dandy Cock is a gentleman rooster, in other words, a dandy cock . . . 

The following is from “What ?ub”: 
About the Pub

Micro Pub offering up to four Real Ales on handpull and up to six real ciders on tap. Two small rooms with cellar behind the bar which you can look into. A range of wines & gin is also available. Very dog friendly. On street parking only but bus stop directly outside the front door. Winner of the local branch Pub of the Season Summer 2017 and Nottinghamshire Pub of the Year 2018. 
This pub serves 4 changing beers.  
Changing beers typically include:
Dancing Duck Release The Quacken
Little Critters Sultanas of Swing 
Love it: Dancing Duck Release the Quacken 

The Fawcett Inn, 176 Fawcett Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0DP, United Kingdom 

From “What’s ?ub”: 
About the Pub

Designed by A H Bone and built in 1886 for the Brickwoods Brewery, the Fawcett Inn occupies a prominent position on a busy street corner. With its half-timbered 'brewers tudor' style and witch's hat tower, it has an imposing presence. The pub now sports one large, curved bar room, having been knocked through in the days of Whitbread. It is frequented mostly by local customers. The pub is boarded throughout and furnishings are mostly traditional, plus a small number of armchairs on a raised deck in the corner of the pub, which is transformed into a stage when live music is hosted. The pub is decorated with framed images of past Portsmouth and football memorabilia. A large patio courtyard is located at the rear of the pub, completed with barbecue for use in the summer months. 

The pun in the name “Force it In” is wholly unintentional. The pub and road were actually named in memory of Lieutenant Alexander Fawcett of the 95th Regiment who was killed in action at Bejapore in India during 1853.

Designated as a grade II listed building, the pub was originally designed by A H Bone and built for the Brickwood Brewery around 1886.

There is a memorial plaque to Alexander Fawcett located in Portsmouth Cathedral.

The Inn was refurbished and placed under new management in 2011 and has regained its reputation as a popular venue for students and live music. 

Bonus item: 

Builder Paul Manning, 42, was employed to help renovate a 156-year-old pub in 2012. The pub, originally opened by local silkweaver Thomas Paget in 1855, is closed after being sold by Marston’s brewery in October to a private buyer. Manning was helping to refurbish it into flats. 

The pub had been called The Grand Turk but Manning took it upon himself to change some of the letters around, much to the shock of passing motorists . . . 

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