The  Pub

The Pub by Pete Brown

A Cultural Institution — from Country Inns to Craft Beer Bars and Corner Locals

Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781910254523
Publisher: Jacqui Small
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Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and is uniquely placed to write about pubs that ooze atmosphere, whatever the reason, be it food, people, architecture, location or decor. The best pubs are those that always have a steady trade at any time on any day of the week, and where chat flows back and forth across the bar. They're the places where you want to drink weak beer so you can have several pints and stay longer. Some are grand Victorian palaces, others ancient inns with stunning views across the hills. Some are ale shrines, others gastropubs (though they probably don’ t call themselves that any more). A precious few are uniquely eccentric, the kinds of places that are just as likely to have terrible reviews on Trip Advisor as great ones, because some people don't realize that the outside toilets, limp sandwiches on the bar and really disturbing full-size mannequin glaring at you from the corner are all part of the charm.

This collection of 300 pubs with atmosphere will include 50 pub features and 250 smaller descriptions, alongside quirks of local history, pen portraits of punters or publicans, legends, yarns and myths, and case studies of different trends and types of pub. 

PETE BROWN makes people thirsty for a living. The author of seven books on beer, cider, pubs and why they matter, his broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, always delivered with the humanity and wit you’d expect from a great night in the pub. His work has appeared in the UK in publications including The GuardianThe Times, the Daily Telegraph and a host of beer-themed publications, and in the US in titles including All About BeerDraft and Cidercraft. He also features regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, and judges a range of beer, cider and pub competitions. His blog, has global reach, and he is internationally regarded as one of the leading commentators on the vibrant craft beer scene. Pete has twice been named British Beer Writer of the Year, and is also twice winner of Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writing awards.  
Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781910254523
Size: 9.843 in x 0.386 in x 8.268 in / 250 mm x 9.8 mm x 210 mm
‘Unlike many books on pubs that tend to get bogged down in history Pete manages to convey the charm and atmosphere and, indeed, the characters’
‘it’s fair to say that Pete Brown is well-equipped to document the best pubs around and what makes them special... Brown goes further than just mentioning the ale offering and trends. He focuses on insightful quirks like local history, legends, yarns and myths, which makes this a highly entertaining read - preferably enjoyed in your loal with a pint!’
'just what the battered, beleaguered, benighted British boozer so desperately needs – a handsome book singing its praises.... Like a fine glass of well-conditioned beer, this is a book to sip and savour. '
'an enjoyable read and the instruction that "You order any pints of Guinness at the beginning of the round, never the end, followed by pints of cask ale and then any other drinks, giving your order in full all at once rather than ordering one drink at a time" needs to be printed on cards to be given out to office parties at Christmas.'