The World's Most Famous Literary Pub...Almost
[Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens hovered nearby -- worth a read]]
So does the George have a literary great it can truly call its own?
Step forward Sir John Mennis, Comptroller of Charles II’s Royal Navy and close friend of Samuel Pepys. Mennis wrote a collection of poetry in 1656 titled Musarum Deliciae (Muse’s Delight) which included a poem about getting horrifically drunk at the George and suffering the consequences. Obviously, Mennis never achieved the same level of celebrity as other drinkers in Southwark’s inns. And maybe this is because his favourite topics in Musarum Deliciae are breaking wind and going to the toilet. My personal favourite is entitled ‘Upon a Fart Unluckily Let’.
From the father of English literature the world’s greatest ever writer and most famous ever novelist to poems about farts: the literary associations of the George Inn are a perfect illustration of the diversity, inclusivity and occasional surrealism of the British pub.