We started writing about pub history in 2001, but rapidly widened our scope to include beer and the contemporary pub scene. Since then we have published five books, written countless articles (mostly about beer and pubs in the West Country, although with occasional forays to foreign parts), met loads of interesting people, visited some great pubs, toured some fantastic breweries and drank some stunning beers.

We decided it was time to go digital.

These are exciting times, with plenty of doom and gloom but plenty of room for optimism as well. Pubs are closing at a faster rate than ever before, but more and more new breweries are opening all the time. The craft ale revolution has seen Britain join the world beer community, with an unprecedented range of beer styles now available. The only way of even hoping to keep track of all these changes, we thought, was to set up a blog. So here we are.

2 thoughts on “Manifesto

  1. Not sure if this is of interest, but I have a good amount of historical information on the Royal Oak Pub in Twerton. My Great-Great Grandmother Eliza Beard (nee Daniels) and her husband Alfred James Beard ran the pub from 1873 (from memory). Sadly Alfred died leaving Eliza with 3 children under 5 years old and a pub to run. Run it she did until her death in 1931, by which time she was (and I think still is) the oldest female publican in Somerset & Avon , and also the Somerset & Avon record for a female licensee running a pub (50 years).

    I have some photo’s of both Eliza, her son and also one of Alfred. I am more than happy to share these. Hopefully in some small way this helps keep their memory alive.

    Tony Beard
    Christchurch, New Zealand.

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