What is a Pub?

A pub, or public house, is an important part of British culture. They can be a social centre, a community meeting place or a venue for entertainment.

In Britain, alcohol must be sold to people who are over 18 (unless it’s in a private home or bar). This is to ensure that the drinks are safe for everyone to drink and that the premises are not used for illegal purposes.

Beer and cider are the most common alcoholic beverages served at pubs, although wine and spirits also often be found. Many pubs also offer food at lunch time and in the evening, usually including a full restaurant menu.

The range of food offered in a pub varies widely; some offer traditional British pub food such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, Ploughman’s lunch or steak and ale pie, while others are more like restaurants. Some serve meals at the table, while others have a separate dining room where customers can dine.

Games, music and modern lighting are also common features in many pubs. Some play pop and hip-hop, and some show football or rugby union on big screens. Some have karaoke nights and other events; some have fruit machines (slots).

In Britain, it’s often a tradition to toast a pub or a group of pubs with drinks. This is often done in a low key way with glasses clinking together and no speeches. The custom may be a sign of social status or just a way to express gratitude to those who have helped you.