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Paul Moody and Robin Turner seem to have found the ideal literary assignment, travelling round Britain in pursuit of the ideal watering place. But they also have a serious purpose as they investigate the decline of pub culture. (CONDE NAST TRAVELLER Giles Foden)
Part road trip, part pub guide and part lament, Paul Moody and Robin Turner's book takes its lead from George Orwell's fantasy pub...the enthusiasm for fine beers and charming independent pubs makes reading it very thirsty work. (Nathan Brooker FINANCIAL TIMES)
A rattling good yarn. It is the fruit of a three-year journey measuring - surprisingly favourably - today's pubs with with a template set 65 years ago by George Orwell. (Brian Elliott Scotland on Sunday)
Taking chapters in turn, the pair travel far and wide, stopping off at some idiosyncratic and idyllic bars while delivering wholehearted celebration of the old-fashioned pub and all it represents (Euan Ferguson TIME OUT)
Entertaining and illuminating (Shortlist)
A pub crawl meets liquid social history...this book can only help. (Reuters)
A very entertaining journey with plenty of input from the kinds of characters I'd love to spend a pint or three with. And I highly recommend you buy a copy. It's the ideal book to make you think as you drink in that pub that you love on a wet afternoon in winter. (Reluctant Scooper)
Written with a personality and intelligence that gives the book the feel of an informed, passionate chat down the pub. (The Quietus)
Part elegy, part report on the state of the nation's libation. They are admirably even-handed, meeting both evil pubco mouthpieces and nice "micropub" hosts, and makes an excellent case for using and encouraging our pubs. (Steve Jelbert THE INDEPENDENTS ON SUNDAY)
As the book so persuasively argues, well-run locals are the refuge of the democratic patriot and a force for social cohesion. You'll resolve to visit at least one pub every day for the rest of your life. (Paul du Noyer WORD MAGAZINE)
Around Britain, clocking up hundreds of beer miles in search of the perfect pub. A passionate defence of English drinking culture; an elegy for the local on your street corner.See all Product Description
Cracking read, anyone who loves proper beer , and decent but not essentially stereo typed pubs. Well worth adding to your bookshelfPublished 18 months ago by Mr. M. Aldron
Being a traditional pub man and one time barman, I really enjoy this book.. It casts a light on why pubs are fast disappearing due to the activities of greedy property companies... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alan Harding
An enjoyable read if not a little depressing in places. Easy reading and one you can dip in and out off with ease. Read morePublished 23 months ago by andrew john robinson
It's not a road trip. It's a long winded student essay on how it was a lot better in the old days, and some googled facts about big brewing companies. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Bagman
As a beer drinker this book gives you the high's and the low's of the industry.I like reading about the Weatherspoons boss and of course the old lady who knew George Orwell. Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by George Clandon
read by son-in-law; he thoroughly enjoyed the research and details given.
Interesting read. Gives details of brewery ownership and best beers.
Fairly entertaining look at the current state of pubs in England. On a wider level, it looks at England in general and how times are changing - the break-down of community, the... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by Dave Gilmour's cat