WE have all been in a Red Lion.

Likely enough we have had drink in a Crown, Royal Oak,White Hart, Swan, Plough or Bell.

However the rich variety of pub names in and around Oswestry and the borders has long ensured you never have to wander far for a uniquely named public house.

The Tizer shares the top 10 with readers and a little information on each.

Admiral Duncan - Baschurch

The pub is named after Viscount Adam Duncan, a notable naval commander of the 18th century.

The Baschurch connection is that timbers for his flagship, the HMS Venerable, were supposedly sourced from nearby woods.

Venerable was wrecked on November 24, 1804, off Roundham Head near Torbay.

Newspapers reported a dispatch stating 'The Venerable had gone to pieces in a tremendous gale, the number of men drowned is said to be 13 - they are supposed to have been intoxicated when the ship struck.'

It was once a part of the large local estate of the Shrewsbury & Wem Brewery.

The right half of the pub became an independently managed Bangladeshi restaurant as part of a joint venture between the pub and Cafe Saffron in Shrewsbury in 2013.

Border Counties Advertizer: The Admiral Duncan.

The Admiral Duncan.


The Bradford Arms - Llanymynech

As withh the Bradford Arms in nearby Knockin, the pub's name stems from the fact that the Earl of Bradford owned much of the land.

The pub is famous for its border location.

Although rates were once paid to Shropshire County Council, the publican was also charged a nominal sum by Montgomeryshire County Council because the columns of the front porch rested on their territory.

During the days of no Sunday openings for Welsh pubs, the pub was forbidden to use this door for 52 days of the year.

However his customers could be legally served on Sundays provided they entered via the English side entrance.

Border Counties Advertizer: Bradford Arms in Llanymynech. Picture: Google Street.

The Bradford Arms. Picture: Google Street.


The Navigation Inn - Maesbury Marsh

One of only two pubs in Shropshire situated on the Montgomery Canal.

The low beamed public bar is a cosy and welcoming place and includes the Warehouse restaurant - so called for when it served such a purpose during the height of the waterways.

The pub includes its own book exchange and shop.

Border Counties Advertizer: Navigation Inn in Maesbury Marsh: Picture: Geograph.

The Navigation Inn. Picture: Geograph.


The New Ball - Maesbury Marsh

Having been bought by a new owner in October 2013, the pub has had a comprehensive and tasteful renovation and has been under new management since 2018.

Once owned at various times by the Wrekin Brewery of Wellington and the Shrewsbury & Wem Brewery. 


The Cemist - Oswestry

Situated in the centre of town, The Cemist is an independent bar, offering an up market drinking experience.

Established in 2018, The Cemist bar is housed in a former pharmacy, which had previously been the White Horse Hotel, which had closed in 1969.

Two spacious floors accommodate the offer of cocktails, drinks, food and live music.


Ye Olde Boote Inn - Whittington

One of only two Robinsons pubs in Shropshire, this 16th century inn was originally a coaching house for Whittington Castle.

Situated 15 miles from Shrewsbury and 20 miles from Chester, the whole area is full of history and legend, from Dick Whittington to the Babes in the Wood.

Whittington Castle is just across the road, with free entry to visitors.

Border Counties Advertizer: Ye Olde Boote Inn. Picture: Geograph.

Ye Olde Boote Inn. Picture: Geograph.


Narrow Boat - Welsh Frankton

The pub was built in 1981 and designed with the intention of it having something of the feel of a narrowboat.

Being very much a canal side pub, most of the space is devoted to dining, but there is a small bar area in what may be considered to be the boat’s stern.

The pub is one of only four in Shropshire on the Llangollen Canal.

The boating fraternity is very well catered for in that there are ample moorings nearby, together with the Maestermyn Marina.


Dolphin Inn - Llanymynech

One of the oldest buildings in Llanymynech which evolved into a coaching inn in the 19th century.

Some parts are actually dated way back to 1517.

Originally called the Hollybush Inn the story goes that the pub was renamed after Sidney Godolphin who inherited the local Abertanat estate via marriage.

Border Counties Advertizer: Dolphin Inn. Picture: Geograph.

Dolphin Inn. Picture: Geograph.


Last Grouse - Llanwddyn

The Last Grouse pub is situated in a separate building at the rear of the large Lake Vyrnwy Hotel complex near the dam which was built in 1891 and once the largest in Europe.

The pub opened in 2014, replacing the Tower Tavern which was situated in part of the main hotel building.

The hotel has 52 rooms and is part of a 24,000 acre country estate. A recent addition is an on site micro brewery with ales sold in the hotel.


Stumble Inn - Bwlch-y-Cibau

A stone building situated in the middle of this small village which was established as an inn in the 16th century.

Originally the Cross Keys but renamed to avoid confusion with other local pubs.

Upon entering the porch the bar is on the right whilst a smart 50 seater restaurant is opposite serving award winning food.

The landlords are passionate about real ale and these are rotated on a regular basis.

Border Counties Advertizer: The Stumble Inn. Picture: Geograph.

The Stumble Inn. Picture: Geograph.