Over the years I’ve received the odd quizzical email as to why the site is called Nags Head? Such messages are almost exclusively from abroad, because, well, if you’re from the United Kingdom you’ll certainly be familiar with the term. Rather amusingly, and unbeknownst to be there is actually a rather pretty looking beach town in North Carolina, US called Nags Head, and so this may be replacement for some of the confusion.
Essentially though, in UK terms ‘Nags Head’ (with a nag being a horse) is used as a popular name for pubs in the UK. You’re likely to have seen a Nags Head pub at some point, likely with a regal looking horse sign outside! Though of course the name itself wasn’t plucked out of thin air and it in fact heralds back to days of old in times of piracy. Legend has it that a look out on land would hang a brightly lit lantern around the neck of a placid horse on shore, and that this would be a guide to pirates to shore along with their various treasures and trinkets.
In modern times though, Nags Head, very much came to prominence due to being the name of the public house in the massively popular BBC1 comedy series Only Fools and Horses, which ran from 1981 – 2003. All of the well known characters of the show, which drew audiences of up to 24 million in its heyday. It’s well known characters Dell Boy, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Boyce, Trigger and co helped contribute towards some of the most iconic moments in UK comedy. Who can forget the bar scene, or that time Dell and Rodney went to the casino and emerged into the bright sunshine of the following day by the time they left. Of course this was pre-internet, long before https://www.choiceonlinecasino.com/casino-games/ and co. Other characters and scenarios such as the Driscoll brothers and Tony Angelina are as funny to think about now as 20 odd years ago.
As the height of the show there was even a show set in the USA, which is quite some way from the shoes Peckham, London roots. It was set in a top USA casino like the aforementioned hilarious UK scene, but instead Miami with all the sunshine, bright lights and mayhem that come along with it! So the next time you see a Nags Head sign, be sure to consider both the history of it, and also how it came to prominence in households around the country. Then do and guy yourself a pint!