Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, an English out of St. Albans (north of London), is sadly closing due to financial stresses heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
What makes this pub particularly notable is that is has been open since 793 AD. Yes it has been open for over 1,000 years!
On February 4th, they posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
Originally used as a pigeon house, the main structure of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks was built in the 11th century, which took on it's name from the cock fights held inside during late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is recognized as the oldest pub in England by Guinness World Records. It's definitely sad to see a pub with so much history doors closing after multiple centuries.