UK Pubs

The UK’s full spectrum of watering holes…

+ Trendy craft beer bars (Brewdog, Craft Beer Co.)
+ Traditional LocAle accredited free houses, often previously shuttered and brought back from the dead.
+ Traditional Cask Marque accredited tied houses (often regional brewery; Fuller’s, Wadworth’s, etc).
+ New-fangled Micropubs.
+ Nasty mass market chain pubs with little or no craft beer (i.e. Greene King).
+ Better mass market chain pubs with cask and keg craft beer (i.e. Wetherspoons)
+ Tired old tenanted boozers; one step away from demolition or Tesco Express (i.e. Enterprise or Punch).

An interesting category: the best and worst examples of the UK’s current pub scene.

Rowbarge Summer Beer Festival 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend? A day out in the West Berkshire countryside perhaps? Then why not come down to Woolhampton, to West Berkshire CAMRA’s 2017 pub of the year: The Rowbarge… (more…)


3rd Village Easter Music & Ale Festival

For the third year in a row the Eldon Arms, the Retreat and the Lyndhurst pubs are teaming up to host their music and ale festival over the Easter weekend, 14th – 17th April. This year’s event will emulate the successful formula of the previous two festivals: between Good Friday and Easter Monday, visitors are encouraged to explore “The Village” and its three pubs where around 20 cask ales will be served, along with food and an entertainment schedule featuring 22 bands…


The Three Guineas at Reading Station

London brewery and pubco, Fuller’s, recently completed a major renovation at Reading Station’s Three Guineas and the pub has reopened with a whole new look. No matter what you may think of brewery tied pubs, Fuller’s deserves recognition for its investment in high quality venues at major transport hubs. Reading joins earlier station projects at King’s Cross; Paddington and Euston(more…)

Protecting Our Pubs: Assets Of Community Value

Following our return to the UK in 2013, after it became clear that the brewery-centric approach used in Seattle wouldn’t work here, we refocused the blog on CAMRA beer festivals and LocAle accredited pubs. Since that time we have found that except for its focus on cask ale and a different route to market, the UK brewery scene isn’t so different from our experiences in the US. This cannot be said, however, about the pub sector… (more…)