Ye Olde Fighting Cocks: New signs installed at 'Britain's Oldest Pub'
- Credit: Simon Brown
New signs have been installed at 'Britain's Oldest Pub' Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, in St Albans, today (April 22).
The signs depict two cocks fighting, showing the previous use of the building.
Martin Robinson, who took over the pub in March this year, told the Herts Advertiser that the signs were hand painted and the gold leaf had been applied before his very eyes this morning.
The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Foundation, have previously suggested a name change for the pub to "Ye Olde Clever Cocks" in recognition of society's growing compassion for animals, and even proposed a vegan rebrand.
In anticipation of the foundation's concern over the new signs, Mr Robinson said: "They say these things just for publicity.
"PETA have not once contacted us."
The new signs are part of an ongoing restoration project by Martin Robinson and his team, who say that a new BBQ area is next which will serve customers "all summer long".
- 1 Woman found in canal near M25 in Hertfordshire
- 2 Harpenden neighbours condemn plans for builders merchant next to residential properties
- 3 Train timetable shakeup due in St Albans and Watford from May 15
- 4 Revealed: Most popular Deliveroo takeaway dishes in St Albans
- 5 Major supermarkets order urgent product recalls over salmonella fears
- 6 Cash stolen from parked car on Harpenden Road in St Albans
- 7 Men of Fields embark on charity challenge
- 8 'Hot Shot' Ivor Jones dies age 79
- 9 St Albans church organises eco-friendly event
- 10 Revealed: The Hertfordshire hotspots named among Phil Spencer's best London commuter towns
Beyond that, cleaning up the area which sits alongside the River Ver is next on Mr Robinson's list of priorities for the pub, which dates back to the eighth century.