Beer Travels with Adrian-Tierney-Jones

I am a romantic when it comes to writing about the pub, of the many moods each pub I visit seems to cloak itself in, the people who come and go, the beers that I drink and the home from home feeling that a good pub always seems to possess (though most pub front rooms…

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Investing in the pub industry’s future

There’s so much gloom and doom around right now, with the cost-of-living crisis creating an environment that has prompted many people to simply stay at home and crack open some cans of beer and cocktails rather than venturing outdoors for something more socially nourishing. Against this backdrop, I’m so pleased to have made the journey…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

The stories of pub life are replete with the absence of sea serpents, fearsome giants and mysterious big cats. Instead, when we imagine the tales that surround and seethe around and within the pub, it’s about community, laughter, the night we went to Tilbury by way of Southend Pier and the beers that weave the…

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Hive of activity at Honeycomb Houses

Pubs have been hitting the headlines yet again with closures accelerating as wet-led venues face the prospect of the £8 pint and food-led businesses struggle to secure ingredients at anything like affordable prices. But there remains a sweet spot in the market – pubs with dining and accommodation – and the Brakspear-owned Honeycomb Houses has…

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Providing hope for wet-led pubs

Over the years my attendance at trade events in Olympia has traditionally ended with the rewardof a couple of pints of well kept beer in the welcoming Warwick Arms on the very unwelcomingWarwick Road. And so it was the same journey I took last week, but this time I was met with themajority of the…

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Nuptials down the local

Returning to the Butcher’s Hook & Cleaver pub in Smithfield Market in the City of London last week for a business lunch brought back many happy memories as it served as the venue where my wife and I held our wedding reception almost 20 years ago to the day. Sitting in almost the same spot…

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Good brews from the beer industry

Beer is increasingly doing good for society and the work of The Good Beer Co for both The Big Jubilee Lunch and Thank You Day, set for June 5, will take things to another level through the nationwide availability of the specially brewed Thank Brew beer. The company initially began working closely with Fergus Fitzgerald,…

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The Story of Bass – the story of British beer

While holidaying in Brugge on a family break over Easter it was both an opportunity to sample some of the world’s still-great beers and read about one of the world’s once-great brewers with a copy of The Story of Bass. Such has been the influence and scope of the Bass business over its multi-century existence…

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The City is the place to be

When working in the City of London some years back, my lunchtimes typically involved a short stroll down Fenchurch Street to the East India Arms for a few pints of Young’s Ordinary Bitter. I was certainly not the only person with this near-daily routine, because the small one-bar pub would be packed from before noon…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

There is a glorious dichotomy about beer. On one hand it is an agricultural product, and we can imagine fields of golden barley swaying in a gentle breeze and serried rows of lime-green hops in regimented lines somewhere in rural England. On the other hand, the process in which beer is made is firmly industrial,…

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