One of the oldest places to frequent. In the UK it's part of our culture, sadly in decline. Pub signs have a history and so do the taverns they advertise…
The Origins of the pub signs. In 1393 King Richard II decreed that pubs must have signs so that the examiner or tester of ales would know the location of each pub. The pictorial sign was developed in the times when the vast majority of the population were illiterate and needed something large, simple and bright to recognise.