Business Traveller

Great British pubs, but is UK Plc no place for the public house?


Pubcos, regulations and shiny globalisation might be enemies of the ‘local’ – but the perfect British pub is still out there

British pubs and brewery group Greene King are doing well this year. Asked why they were enjoying higher half-year profits, the 212-year-old Suffolk based firm told reporters this week that hard-pressed consumers struggling to cope with economic pressures were seeking solace in their local pubs.

Pubs have always been a place to escape the workaday, to celebrate our wins, cushion our losses. But is, as the headlines routinely scream, British pub culture now seriously under threat?

Answers come by the tankard in “The Search for the Perfect Pub”, a recently released pub crawl-meets-liquid social history. In it, Paul Moody and Robin Turner trawl the Kingdom to distil how business interests, weak political will and an authenticity sapping idea of “progress” have ganged up on the traditional watering hole, threatening our last vestige of freedom, a “liquid escape from the daily grind.”