“Our poor are provided for, the highways repaired, riot we know none, gamesters we
know none, drunkards and drunkenness none”
The Constable of Claines, 1638, having closed six filthy public houses in Claines
in an attempt to quell the plague. The Mug House survives!
The Mug House is an important part of our Claines community. It enjoys a special
relationship with it’s closest neighbour, the Church and is supposedly only one of
the two English pubs to reside in a churchyard! They share congregations and the
Mug hosts “God’s Own Pub Club”, the senior end of the Sunday School which meets
there on Sunday mornings.
The Mug House is popular for weddings, baptism and funeral parties as well as day
to day socialising.
It serves a superb range of traditional and Banks’s Ales and weekday lunches.
It maintains its traditional appeal and has resisted the pull of the 21st Century
in favour of good honest fun and companionship.
Originally the Church Ale House, the Mug has many secrets to tell. In 1947 renovations
uncovered the silver head of a medieval bishops crook (crosier), now used by The
Claines Boy Bishop. Was this secreted away during the scourges of the reformation,
or by a less than honest landlord?
“THE MUG HOUSE” CLAINES
The Claines Crosier
Supposedly haunted, the Mug sits among the final resting places of over 15,000 people,
buried at Claines over the centuries.
Contact Judy or Russell at The Mug House for any enquiries on 01905 456649 or email
via their website at: