Tied up at the pub


One of Oxford’s oldest pubs is The Bear Inn, dating back to 1242, which is thought to have been named after a bear-baiting pit on the site in medieval times. It’s heyday was in the 17th century, when a series of high-profile guests stayed at the pub – for example, the heir to the Danish throne is known to have stayed there in 1652. What most visitors to The Bear will remember longest, however, is the astonishing display of neck-ties that adorn its walls. The collection has built up over the centuries as customers (some of them famous) paid for their pints with a tie instead of cash. Present-day customers may want to try this unusual method of payment, but we cannot be sure whether there is any space left on the pubs overcrowded walls (and ceiling!)

Find out more about The Bear Inn on our Oxford tour. Click here for more information

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