We’re often asked why we’re called ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’.
Well, it’s a fascinating story. The name pays tribute to Thomas Doggett, the organiser of the London Bridge to Chelsea rowing race along the Thames, which is said to be the oldest continuous sporting event in the UK.
First held in 1715, the race takes place in July each year and runs over four miles and seven furlongs. The winner of the boat race would be awarded a waterman’s coat and badge, hence the name ‘Doggett’s Coat and Badge’.
When Doggett died in 1721, he left instructions in his will for the race to be carried on by The Fishmongers’ Company, and it still is today. Our pub sits along the course of the race in South Bank, so we felt it only right that we named it after its founder.