The Mug House

The Mug House
The view of the Mug House from the churchyard of Claines church.
An original wattle and daub panel at the Mug House.

The Mug House is a traditional public house located in the village of Claines,[1] Worcestershire, England, which dates back to the 15th century.



The Mug House pub is owned by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries and offers several Banks's bitters along with one or two other guest ales which rotate every few weeks. The current[when?] landlady is Judy Allen,[citation needed] who has chosen to maintain a traditional atmosphere by not introducing games machines or music to the pub.

The Mug House has featured in the local news several times over the last few years due to stories that the pub is in some way haunted.[citation needed] The past few landlords have all claimed that there are regularly strange occurrences at the pub such as glasses smashing or dull knocking noises coming from the beer cellar at night. This has only increased the popularity of the pub.


The Mug House is situated in the village of Claines, about three miles north of the city of Worcester. The exact location of the pub is near the junction where Claines Lane meets Cornmeadow Lane, just to the rear of Claines church.[2] The situation of the pub is such that one has to walk through, or very near, the graveyard of the church in order to access it. The pub is one of only two pubs in England to be situated on consecrated ground.[3]


Claines Church behind which the Mug House is situated. The Malvern Hills are visible in the background.

The pub consists of four main public spaces inside on the ground floor. There is a back room, bar, hatch and a snug.[citation needed] The back room is most commonly used by diners at lunch time and from this room there is a view of the Malvern Hills. The hatch tends to be frequented when the other rooms are fully occupied. The ceilings inside the Mug House are quite low and as the building is timber framed many of the walls are not straight, because the building has settled over time. In order to access the toilets one must exit the main building because the toilets themselves are located in a separate outhouse. The building is timber framed but there is a cellar.


The Mug House has won a Jubilee Heritage Award in a national competition to find Britain's prettiest pubs.[citation needed] Mounted by the Green Organisation, the competition was launched to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the role pubs and landlords play in safeguarding natural heritage. The garden, described as a stunning blaze of red, white and blue blooms by all that have enjoyed it,[citation needed] helped secure the award.


Coordinates: 52°13′40″N 2°13′08″W / 52.227721°N 2.218927°W / 52.227721; -2.218927

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mug Race — Sport Sailing Founded 1954[1] Claim to fame World s longest river race Official website The Mug Race is an annual sailboat race held on Flori …   Wikipedia

  • The Great Thunderstorm, Widecombe — The Great Thunderstorm of Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor, took place on Sunday, 21 October 1638, when the church of St Pancras was apparently struck by ball lightning during a severe thunderstorm. An afternoon service was taking place at the… …   Wikipedia

  • The Den (television) — For the RTÉ radio station, see RTÉ 2fm. The Den Launched September 29 , 1986 Closed September 19, 2010 Owned by Raidió Teilifís Éireann Picture format PAL I standard Audience share 8.5% (October 2009 …   Wikipedia

  • The Streets — Nom Mike Skinner Naissance 27 novembre  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle —   …   Wikipedia

  • The Fall — Основная информация …   Википедия

  • The Affairs of Annabel — is a 1938 comedy starring Lucille Ball and Jack Oakie. Oakie plays Lannie Morgan, Wonder Pictures publicity man working with film star Annabel Allison (Ball).PlotLannie has Annabel taken into prison in order to generate publicity before the… …   Wikipedia

  • The Denise "Dee Dee" Walker case — involves the execution style murder of a of the Los Angeles woman, named Denise Dee Dee Walker, with a sawed off shotgun, by allegedly the at that time 31 year old Willie Earl Green at a Los Angeles crack house in August 9 1983. Walker s mother… …   Wikipedia

  • The Bottle Inn — at Marshwood in Dorset, England, started life as an Ale House being close to the church where people came to pay their Tithes softening the blow with a mug or two of grog. We don t know its name then but it was christened The Bottle Inn sometime… …   Wikipedia

  • The Real Life of Anthony Burgess — is a biography of the novelist and critic Anthony Burgess by Andrew Biswell, a lecturer in the English department of Manchester Metropolitan University.Biswell wrote his doctoral thesis on Burgess s fiction and journalism. The biography, semi… …   Wikipedia