100-Year-Old Scottish Pub Renamed ‘The Cock And Seaman’, Locals Not Amused

A 100-year-old pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, is causing an uproar with locals who are livid that the new owners have changed the pub’s name from ‘The Doric’ to ‘The Cock and Seaman.’

Local Edinburghers are less than amused with the name change after their beloved pub was purchased by a group named AtWill Pubs who are known for buying historical pubs and re-branding them. The company owns the The Cock and Pullet in Oxton and The Cock and Donkey in Birkenhead.

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Owners Edward Atkinson and Fred Williams started the company in 2009 with the purposes of reviving pubs which had fallen foul of restrictive brewery tie-ins and reopening them as “wet lead cask boozers of the Rovers Return and Queen Vic variety”.

The Cock and Seaman is the latest pub in their empire and is expected to open in two weeks.

Reaction to the name change was mixed with drinkers taking to social media at the news.

Avril Jones said: “Was shocked when I saw it! Why change it in the first place and to change it to this is just a laugh! It will always be The Doric.”

Michelle Dewsbury said: “I live in Doric Street and it’s all true, can’t believe they’ve named it that tho absolute joke”

Jily Kemp said: “Why change its name especially this one, joke!”

“Both Fred and I are Liverpool lads, and share the scouse sense of humour,” said Owners Edward Atkinson. “However this is not to say that we don’t take our pubs seriously. We have a passion for good pubs, quality local cask ales, and all that makes British pubs great: traditional features restored and enjoyed.”

“We hope our pubs have reinstalled a sense of community, they have been a cornerstone of English heritage for thousands of years: the demise of the industry at the hands of the big pub co’s has given us the drive to go it alone, and here we are with 13 pubs and we’re still growing.”

“Our other pubs have taken influence from their locality when we’ve decided on names: The Cocked Hat Stockport for the area’s hat making history, The Cock in Swine Swinton as the area used to be a huge pig farm back hundreds of years ago, The Cock o Rhudd Din in Ruthin after the old welsh words for ‘red fort’, so The Cock and Seaman made a lot of sense with the naval history surrounding Liverpool.”