Speckled Hen - The MG Beer



Words and picture from Green King who now own the Morland Brewery that used to brew in Abingdon.

Old Speckled Hen was first brewed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory.

But why “Old Speckled Hen”? Well, the name is actually derived from the name “owld speckled un”, a term used to describe an old MG car used as a factory run-around. Over time, this unusual, canvas-covered saloon became covered with flecks of paint and was dubbed the “owld speckled ‘un” by locals.


Old Speckled Hen is a great choice for those who enjoy a rich, strong beer to drink. In the UK premium bottled beer sector, Old Speckled Hen even outsells Newcastle Brown Ale!

There are now 15 London “black cabs” sporting distinctive Old Speckled Hen livery. All 15 cabs operate within the area surrounded by the Central underground line- ideal for tourists, residents and business people alike. The cabs have all been painted in Old Speckled Hen’s eye-catching colors and feature the famous fox character.

And that is why PSJ 903 sports an Old Speckled Hen beer pull pump badge on its badge bar.