Umm, changing the wrong word, aren’t they?

A historic Scottish pub will change its name after its owner, Greene King, said it could offend punters who considered it racist.

The Black Bitch, located in Linlithgow, West Lothian, was built in the 17th century and named after a female dog that forms part of the town’s official crest. It still stands as a statue in the town centre.

Local lore dictates that the eponymous greyhound had courageously saved her owner from starvation while they were imprisoned on Linlithgow Loch.

Greene King has now said it will rename the pub to The Black Hound because of the company’s “commitment to being an anti-racist organisation”.

18 thoughts on “Umm, changing the wrong word, aren’t they?”

  1. Just outside Caerphilly there is (or was, I haven’t been there in years) a pub called the Black Cock.

    And, contrary to legend, it isn’t especially big.

  2. @BiW: Google maps shows it’s still there. Apparently the full name is the Block Cock Inn. Cue Frankie Howard impersonations …

  3. “Greene King has now said it will rename the pub…”

    Greene King is itself a bowdlerised form of “White Massa”.

  4. Comes of letting an effete English company own a Scottish pub. Southern softies and all that. I like their Abbot’s Ale though.

  5. Greene King are middle class Marxist scum. Pointless calling for a beer boycot in Scotland but locals need to sabotage any signs and re-establish an old sign nearby.

  6. A spokesthing said “The name could cause offence to all those customers listening to gangsta rap on their phones while drinking their beer.”

  7. Local lore dictates that the eponymous greyhound had courageously saved her owner from starvation while they were imprisoned on Linlithgow Loch.

    By courageously being eaten?

  8. The Black Bitch – politically correct alternatives:

    The African-American Bitch
    The Person-of-Colour Bitch
    The BAME Bitch

    I take it these are more acceptable?

  9. Forty-plus years ago I used to drink in a pub in Slough called the Red Cow, which was known as the Joan Ruddock, after the local MP.

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