Pubs from film and TV that you can actually drink in

The Great British Pub

Posted by Katy on 28th April 2016

Sadly The Winchester in Shaun of the Dead, otherwise known as The Duke Of Albany, is now closed. But fear not, there’s still hope for your film/TV pub crawl.

We’ve made a list of pubs featured in UK films and TV series that you can still enjoy a pint in. Such as that weird pub in Hot Fuzz which is actually in Somerset, and one of the gritty Glasgow pubs in Trainspotting.

Hot Fuzz

The Sandford Pub in Hot Fuzz is actually The Crown in Wells, Somerset. In 2006 Wells welcomed film crews, transforming the city into the quirky village of Sandford.

Find cottages in Somerset so you can stay nearby!

The Holiday

The White Horse Pub which features regularly in The Holiday is, actually, The White Horse Pub in Shere, Surrey. This would be a great place to drown your sorrows when you find out that Kate Winslet’s cottage isn’t real.

Fresh Meat

Relive your university years at the Fresh Meat students’ favourite pub, The Kings Arms in Manchester, which is actually the Kings Arms Ale House in Manchester.

Gavin and Stacey

The Colcot Arms in this popular series is actually the Colcot Arms in Barry, Wales. Pop in to find out what’s occurin’.


Some interior pub scenes in cult film Trainspotting were filmed in the Crosslands on Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow. This gritty film was made in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Bridget Jones’ Diary

The Globe Tavern is another famous watering hole that is linked to the blonde beauty, Bridget Jones. Watch the journalist date lothario Daniel Cleever and Eton-major Mark Darcy, but also see her popping into her apartment directly above this British pub. The Globe Tavern serves five changing ales so you’ll never miss out!

The Theory of Everything

Award winning docu-drama, The Theory of Everything, is another English classic. Set in Cambridge, The Royal Standard of England is a timbered beauty, featuring Hawkins’ buddies. This tavern was also used for the shoot-out scene in Hot Fuzz.


The Drowning Trout is actually The Jolly Gardeners in Lambeth, London. Avid fans will find numerous filming locations throughout London, including Bethnal Green Town Hall and Jester’s Amusement Arcade in West Ealing.

The World’s End

As this entire film is about a pub crawl, we’ve listed each pub featured in The World’s End. Most of them are in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire.

The First Post is the first pub in the film’s epic pub crawl is actually The Peartree in Hollybush Lane, Welwyn Garden City. The Old Familiar is the second pub in the film’s epic pub crawl is actually The Doctors Tonic in Welwyn Garden City. The Famous Cock is actually The Cork in Welwyn Garden City. The Trusty Servant is actually Three Magnets (Wetherspoons) in Letchworth Garden City. The Two Headed Dog is actually The Colonnade in Letchworth Garden City. The King’s Head is actually The Arena Tavern, Letchworth Garden City. The final pub in the film is actually The Gardener’s Arms, Letchworth Garden City. Enjoy a lengthy film pub-crawl!

If drinking where your favourite characters had a tipple appeals to you, then find a cottage nearby to follow in their footsteps!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.