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The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking For the Moon Under Water Hardcover – 24 Nov 2011
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And the situation does demand their probing, because as much as this is a celebration of perhaps Britain's best-loved institution (the French president, asked what single aspect of Anglo life he would import to France, replied 'the British pub'), it has a serious purpose, too, because it turn out that the pub is under threat from a combination of the Treasury and big business, with an average of 25 going bust each week. So 'The Search for the Perfect Pub' is joyful travelogue, social history - what better way to tell the story of the Britons - and political detective story combined, in the company two highly convivial hosts. I couldn't put it down: my partner felt that she'd read it too by the time I finished, as I spent to much time reading passages out to her, or delighting in surprising facts.
This book should have been about the great pubs that are to be found in this country, be that historical interest, location, atmosphere, whatever, instead its just a long winded way of criticsing the smoking ban, pubcos, the govenernment, and having a go at anyone who doesnt like real ale (or craft beer brewed by artisans as we are now increasingly obliged to call it in order to move it away from its beardy socks and sandal image). The author doesnt seem to recognise that a mass produced beer drinker, or heaven forbid a lager drinker, can appreciate what makes a pub great.
This could and should have been a great book but what is written is very limited.
The only thing I didn't quite enjoy was that, as is often the case, the authors are journalists (in this case music journalists as far as I can see) who can't resist filling space with their own anecdotes and music stories which are of very little interest or relevance.
And they never really seem to come to any conclusion as to what the perfect pub is although maybe that is because there can be no such thing. Anyway, if there was, you wouldn't tell everyone would you?
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Interesting read. Gives details of brewery ownership and best beers.