What is a Pub Review?

A pub review is an article that takes a look at a pub (or bar) and gives both pros and cons about the food, service, ambiance, etc. It can also include logistics like how much the meal costs or when the pub is open.

In Britain, the term pub comes from an old English word meaning “public house.” Originally, people would gather in local public houses to drink ale, which was brewed on the premises and distinctive to each individual beerhouse. Then, in 1830, English law allowed householders to sell their own home brew for two guineas a gallon and the concept of the modern pub was born.

Today, the UK is awash in absolutely glorious pubs. Some are large, some small and many offer both pub and restaurant service. They may serve food as well as beverages and are generally open late. Some have children-friendly menus but most are adults only.

The UK’s six largest breweries, known as the “big six,” used to own almost all of the country’s pubs. But a series of laws known as The Tied Houses Orders and Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order 1989 began to restrict their hold on the market. Then in 2003, the big six lost their monopoly and new companies were set up purely to own pubs.

In addition to a good selection of ales and beers, UK pubs also offer wine, spirits and soft drinks. The most popular soft drinks are still cola, tea and coffee but they also often serve vermouth (a aromatised fortified wine flavoured with everything from roots, barks and flowers to seeds, herbs and spices) and gin, a distilled spirit made from fermented grain mash such as wheat, corn or rye.