Historic pub hangs up hot cross bunsPosted: April 18, 2014
This article originally appeared on the Telegraph, April 18, 2014
For over 100 years, a 15th century pub has amassed a collection of hot cross buns on display in the bar, as part of a Good Friday tradition.
The Bell Inn, in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, has been collecting hot cross buns since 1906, when the Good Friday tradition began.
Staff at The Bell Inn believe that the first hot cross bun hung up on the bar was used as a memento, after the landlord ran a successful advertising plan of using hot cross buns to tempt in new customers in 1906.
Joanne Butler, who has been general manager at the pub for more than 30 years, said: “We believe the landlord baked hot cross buns to encourage new customers in on Good Friday.
“When he found he had some spare, one was hung on the bar to commemorate the day.
“I guess it just stuck and every year we have a ceremony to mark the hanging of the bun.”
The Bell Inn is a traditional 15th Century coach and inn pub dating back to 1480.
The pub continues the tradition of baking hot cross buns every year on Good Friday, and hands them out free to customers.
They expect more than 300 buns to be given out to visitors this year.
Many Christians believe the bun is symbolic of the Easter story. They believe the cross represents the cross Jesus was crucified on, the bread represents the body of Christ and the spices represent the spices his body was wrapped in after his death.