To write of the English inn is almost to write about England itself… as familiar in the national consciousness as the oak and ash and the village green and the church spire.
Thomas Burke, the novelist (The English Inn, 1930)
If you want to see what real life in Britain is all about, you have to go to the pub. Pub-going is by far the most popular native pastime. The 50,000 pubs in Britain have over 25 million loyal customers. The pub is a central part of English life and culture as well. If you haven’t been to a pub, you haven’t seen neither England nor Britain.
In this episode we will try to recreate a typical English pub, we will see what constitutes the familiar symbol of Britishness, why has it left such a noticeable imprint on the national consciousness and how can it be compared to a Belarusian establishment.
The Enduring Appeal of the Local features:
- From the ale-house to the pub (via a suck-casse);
- Contributions of Dickens’ and Thomas’ to a pub;
- A myth of a typical pub;
- What’s in a name?
- The state of play of English and global pub-life;
- When a pub is not a pub?
Apart of the sound injection of the English language practice and a clear insight into the social and cultural habits of the English nation, this discussion will facilitate noticeably your judgment of drinking, pub-going and, furthermore, socialising.