Our History

Story of The Moon Under Water

The name came into being following the activities of Recruiting Sergeants in the 18th century who spent much of their time visiting Taverns in order to "Press" people into joining the British Army. Many of their methods were extremely dubious and they would go to any length in order to get men to sign up since their pay depended on it. Once a man had accepted the "Queen's Shilling" by fair means or foul, he was deemed to have become a recruit. On entering a Tavern, a Recruiting Sergeant would very often sit next to some drunkard oaf and secretly drop the Queen’s shilling into the man's pewter tankard. When the drunkard lifted the tankard and the ale touched his lips that was it! He was regarded as having accepted the Queen’s shilling and was in the British Army. He was then carted off for service in some far off campaign and almost certain death.

As means of countering this practice, the glass bottomed pewter tankard was introduced so that if a customer was in the least bit suspicious as to whether a coin had been dropped into his tankard, he could hold it up and look underneath before taking a drink. The sight of the Queen’s shilling under the ale with froth above was likened to that of “The Moon Under Water” –hence the name.

Authentic British Fish and Chips at The Moon Under Water in St. Petersburg, FL

Our Staff

Michael Crippin Executive Chef at The Moon Under Water in St. Petersburg, FL

Michael Crippin

Executive Chef

Michael originally moved to the Tampa Bay area from Manchester, England in 1993. Educated at Leigh Culinary College he graduated with a diploma and cooking qualifications from City & Guilds of London. He has worked in hotels, restaurants and country clubs in England, Spain, The Channel Islands and the Canary Islands. Over the years he has cooked for various celebrities including Madonna, Bruce Willis, Prince Charles and his Art Society and many professional athletes.

Alan & Suzanne Lucas


In 1991 we arrived in St Petersburg from Wales and after a few years we found that St. Petersburg had no traditional pub, so, in 1996 we built The Moon Under Water and it has been a great success ever since.

Alan and Suzanne founders of The Moon Under Water in St. Petersburg, FL
Michael Crippin - Executive Chef

Mark Logan

Managing Partner

Mark moved to St.Petersburg from Cleveland in 2000 and joined The Moon in 2002. Today he is currently one of the owners and Managing Partner. It has been a great journey!

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