Legend has it that four pubs existed on land in Aldershot given to a Royal Naval officer who had fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Trafalgar is now the only surviving one of those four in the area that used to be known as Union Court – opposite Nelson Street.
The pub dates from at least 1863 when William Chapman was the landlord and George Trimmer, a brewer of nearby Farnham, owned it. By 1871 fifty-year-old Sarah Harvey, a stay-maker, was running the pub, followed by Thomas Fountain as the licensee in 1873. (source pub Website)
In November 2015, the licence passed to Richard Stacey, and he subsequently closed the business for refurbishment in January 2016. Reopen on 13th February 2016 after an extensive refurbishment. ‘The Traf’ remains the last traditional military pub in the town centre that is regularly frequently by soldiers from the nearby barracks.
The Trafalgar has a long history of serving the military which is reflected by the artifacts adorning the wall. There is live music every Friday as well as a range of theme nights regularly taking place throughout the year.