The Pubs and their Locations of Inspector Morse, Part Two

This is the second part of my attempt to identify all the pubs that Morse visited during the 33 episode series. This post includes episodes 11 (The Secret of Bay 5b) to episode 20 (Promised Land).

The following information will be included in each detail about the Morse episodes:

1) Time – This relates to the hour, minute and second that Morse is shown in the pub.

2) Pub – Name of pub and it’s address followed by a picture from the episode.

3) Pub today – This will be a photo of the pub as up-to-date as possible.

4) Location – This will be a map of pub’s location. Click on maps to get a larger view.

5) Info – This will be additional information relating to the pub, location or anything else of relevance.


Time – 16m2s

Pub – The White Horse on Broad Street Oxford.


Pub Today





Time – 00h03m10s and  00h53m1s

Pub – Unknown


Pub Today – Unknown

Location – Unknown

Info – None


Time – 1h10m41s

Pub – The White Horse, 52 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BB.


Pub Today




Info – Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.



Time – 19m34s

Pub – The Old Barge, 2 The Folly, Hertford.


Pub Today




Info – Well this took a bit of detective work to locate this pub. I could find no info about the location of this pub anywhere on the interweb so a bit of sleuthing was going to be necessary. Firstly, there is a very short scene outside the pub so watching that several times was necessary. (see scene below)

It was obvious it was on the banks of a river or canal but of course that doesn’t make it easier. Secondly behind Lewis can be seen industrial buildings. See picture below,

serpent buiuldings

Again not really helpful on its own. However, behind Morse in the same scene there is a sign, ‘Cooper Signs and Coachworks’.


This is and was more helpful. So after some research I found that the company was under a different name but was near a river, the River Lea. So using Google earth and street view I searched along the banks of the river and found The Old Barge. On the photo above under ‘Pub Today’ you can see the buildings in the background that are behind the photo of Lewis above. Also viewing the scene above shows the same building apart from a couple of differences that will occur over twenty plus years. I am sure you will agree that this is the pub.


Time – 1h1m53s

Pub – I believe it is the same pub as above.


Pub Today – See above

Location – See above.

Info – See above.


Time – 23m5s

Pub – Ye Old Fighting Cocks, 16 Abbey Mill Lane, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4HE


Pub Today

fightingcockspub now


fightingcockspub nowmap

Info –


Time – 1h29m58s

Pub – Duke of Kent, Scotch Common, London W13 8DL


Pub Today




Info –


Time – 1h3m4s

Pub – Royal Oak, Kitters Green, Abbots Langley, WD5 0HP.

masonic pub

Pub Today

royal oak masonic


masonic map

Info –


Time – 58m2s

Pub – Trout Inn, 195 Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8PN

second time trout inn2

Pub Today

trout inn wolvercote


trout inn wolvercote map

Info –


Time – 1h9m20s

Pub – The Eagle and Child doubling for Shears Wine Bar. 49 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU

second time eagle and child

Pub Today

eagle and child strret view


eagle and child map

Info –


Time – 20m27s

Pub – The Blue Anchor

fat chance beer garden fat chance beer garden2

Pub Today – Closed

Location – situated at the bottom of Fishpool St. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. The scene was filmed in the rear beer garden.



Info – The above has now been identified thanks to blog reader, Victor Hall on the 30th September 2016


Time – 21m16s

Pub –  Unknown

harry country pub

Pub Today –  Auberge du Lac.

auberge harry field

Location – Brocket Hall, Welwyn AL8 7XG

Info – Found thanks to the work of a reader of my blog, Gregg.


Time – 27m32s

Pub – Victoria Arms, Old Marston Mill Lane Old Marston Oxfordshire OX3 0QA.

harry 3rd pub victoria arms

Pub Today

harry victoria arma 3rd pub


harry victoria arms map

Info –


Time – 47m46s

Pub – The Crooked Chimney, Cromer Hyde Lane, Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XE. Where the motorbike is found.

harry 4th pub crooked chimney

Pub Today

crooked chimney where bike is found


crooked chimney map

Info –


Time – 1h42m40s

Pub – The same as the first pub mentioned above. We see Lewis and Morse getting out of the car and going toward the entrance.

harry 5th pub country pub

Pub Today – Unknown

Location – Wish I knew.

Info – See above.


No pubs.


No pubs or at least none in or around Oxford or even England. This episode is mainly shot in Australia.

So, we come to the end of the second part of the posts relating to the pubs seen in Inspector Morse. The third and final post will include all episodes from Dead on Time (episode 21) to The Remorseful day (episode 33).


Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

23 thoughts

      1. Hi Ellis. Thanks for writing with your suggestion. However, i’m afraid it’s not The Three Horseshoes’. The location of that pub is too rural for the pub location in Fat Chance. If you watch the episode again you will see that the pub location in Fat Chance is more urban at least village wise. Thank you again for taking the time to write. Take care.

  1. First, Thank you! It’s good to know the names and locations of so many of the “Morse” pubs. Second, with respect to the “Forge”, as you call it, pub used in “Who killed Harry Field”, I myself have tried in vain, via google, to locate it. If I ever (unlikely) run into Geraldine James it would be the first thing I would ask her, at least after introducing myself. Hopefully she would remember.

    All the best, Gregg

  2. Found it!! The “Forge” pub is now the Auberge du Lac.


    It’s clearly the same building… scan down to photo of the front.

    The “pub” seemed to be the same brick style as the mansion in that episode so I checked for the location of the mansion and used google earth to survey the nearby countryside and saw it almost immediately.

    All the best, Gregg

    1. Hi Gregg. Fantastic bit of detective work. I have as you may notice written a post on your find. Thank you for taking the time to not only find the pub but to write and let me know. A huge thank you Gregg.

      1. Hello Chris.. Thank you for doing the detective work on all the others. It’s good to know where they are and I hope to manage a pint or at least a brief visit to each one at some point. Regarding the one I found, I just suddenly got lucky with a minor “brain wave”. I must admit I had wondered about it on and off for years and it is good to finally know where it is. All the best… and Cheers…. Gregg

  3. Fantastic page well done and very well laid out
    I tried to find out all the pubs and locations etc for my now sadly off line website “morse mania ” and it’s not easy

  4. And all the time the answer was staring us in the face: The Auberge du Lac is in the same map as The Crooked Chimney. It’s only half a mile away.

  5. The unknown pub in Fat Chance was the Blue Anchor in Fishpool St. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. The scene was shot in the rear garden. Sadly, this pub is no longer in business and due to be converted into flats.

    1. Hi Neil. I believe you are right that I misidentified the pub. I have updated the post. Thanks Neil.

  6. Well done big Morse fan coming to UK in Sept. a few days in Oxford because o Morse will be tipping a few in his Pubs Thanks Again

  7. The Blue Anchor is now a resturant so you Can still sit in that garden in St Albans Herts

  8. The unknown pub in Secret of Bay 5b? Could the outside sots at night be the Greenwood Hotel, Northolt. UB5

  9. Hello

    Just noticed a sad post about the pub that was used as a location in the episode “SINS OF THE FATHERS”:

    St Albans: England’s ‘oldest pub’ Ye Olde Fighting Cocks closes

    “A pub reputed to be the oldest in England has closed after its licensee’s firm went into administration.

    Christo Tofalli, who runs Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, Herts, said the move came after “challenging” trading conditions due to Covid-19…would reopen under new management”

  10. Secrets of Bay5B, unknown pub. Looks like the Randolph in Oxford. What is now the “Morse Bar” or something like that. Used to be the “Chapter Bar” or “Chapters Bar”, I think.

    1. Hi Charlie and welcome to my website. It’s 100% not the Morse Bar. I’ve been to the Randolph and the bar many times. Thank you anyway.

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