pub culture


London’s Desi Pubs Are a Proud British-Indian Tradition

A fixture of the communities where migrants have settled, South Asian-owned pubs offer tandoori grills and homemade roti alongside draught ale and darts.
Ciaran Thapar

This Small Town Pub Fought the Odds to Become Yorkshire’s Coolest Music Venue

The Golden Lion in Todmorden has hosted British techno legend Andrew Weatherall and Justin Robertson. Mr. Scruff loved the place so much, he refused his fee after playing there.
Kamila Rymajdo
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I Went to the Karaoke World Championships as Soon as I Found Out It Was a Thing

The only time you’ll find people from around the globe coming together to wave flags at someone thrusting to "Pretty Fly For a White Guy".
Hannah Ewens

5 Factors That Make a Perfect Pub, According to New Research

Unsurprisingly, sticky carpets didn’t make the cut.
Daisy Meager
pub culture

This Landlady Turned Her Pub Garden Into a Community Vegetable Patch

“I had all this space outside and I just thought, ‘Why not use it for something worthwhile?’” explains Jan Parker-Brooks of Bolton’s Stork Tavern. “The children can learn about where food comes from and afterwards, I serve it in the pub for everyone.”
Josh Barrie
pub culture

There Are More Coffee Shops and Less Pubs Than Ever Before

Cafes and restaurants are pushing pubs out of UK towns at an alarming rate.
Daisy Meager

This Is How You Build a Pub Entirely from Scratch

Four pubs close every day in Britain but in Manchester, people are taking matters into their own hands—literally—and building a boozer from scratch. Everything from the bar tiles to the dart boards is being handmade by volunteers.
Clare Wiley
pub culture

This 70-Year-Old Pub Landlady Has Served Nuns, Dock Workers, and Pete Doherty

Welcome back to Last Call, where we visit watering holes to collect life advice from their trusty barkeepers. In a special MUNCHIES Guide to British Food edition, we meet 70-year-old Sandra Esquilant at London's Golden Heart pub.
Josh Barrie

Glasgow’s 'Hard Men' Have Nowhere Left to Drink

As Glasgow leaves behind it’s reputation as “the city of the stare,” its famously unwelcoming “hard men” pubs are also being lost to city regeneration and changing drinking tastes.
Chris McCall