The Ride Stuff

The adventures of a couple of happy bikers

The Gin Trap Inn

Fellow Ducati enthusiast, Steve Knowles, also happens to be the landlord at The Gin Trap Inn in Ringstead, near Hunstanton and last Sunday he invited everyone over for lunch.

The forecast was for dry weather, which proved to be inaccurate, as we rode through a few showers on our way there and back, which would have upset a few of the Ducati owners who only take their bikes out in the dry. No names mentioned! Luckily, Jess and I don’t mind getting our bikes (or ourselves) a bit wet.


The pub itself dates back to the 17th Century and is an old coaching Inn. To be honest, I hadn’t given too much thought to the name beforehand but I assumed that a ‘gin trap’ had something to do with the making of the drink, Gin.

I was, of course, totally wrong – a gin trap is really a nasty looking steel-jawed animal trap with serrated edges or teeth, which is designed to trap the animal by the leg. Like I said – nasty! Fortunately, they were banned for use in 1958.

The word ‘gin’ is believed to be derived from the word ‘engine’, which was used in the 17th Century to describe any mechanical device and traps were referred to as ‘engines’ in literature dating from around that time.


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