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ISBN: 9780857043474
AUTHOR: Bob Barton
Unusual Pubs Amazing Stories
Unusual Pubs Amazing Stories
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If they could talk, what stories would pubs tell about themselves? Here is a compendium of tales, making a unique ‘crawl’ of Unusual Pubs around Britain.

Delve into stories from history and folklore, of notoriety and celebrity, at hostelries where events actually occurred. These are remarkable licensed premises that are far more than places of refreshment.

Drink in John Lennon’s student local, and the inn where the Brontë sisters’ sibling Branwell caroused. See where navy press gangs were outsmarted; the discovery of DNA was heralded; sup where smugglers schemed and Lancashire witches drank their last.

Bob goes in search of ‘puppy-dog pie’, the ‘pub with no name’ and a boozer once owned by the Kray twins. There’s an inn where Henry VIII courted, one from which Charles II fled - and another where a Russian czar breakfasted on quarts of brandy.

Enjoy establishments linked to writers and musicians – from Bob Dylan and the Stranglers to Shakespeare, Burns and Dickens.

Traditional tales of boggarts and dragons come to life; discover where Jackin-the-Green and the Straw Bear are still pubgoers. Where the Maldon Mud Race and World Marbles Championships originated.

All locations have been selected and visited by the author. Practical information includes contact details, ales served and nearby attractions.

Bob Barton is a travel writer, columnist for nostalgia magazine Best of British and a member of the Pub History Society. His other titles for Halsgrove are Unusual Railway Pubs, Refreshment Rooms and Ale Trains and Unusual Pubs by Boot, Bike and Boat.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 347 4, hardback, 230x214mm, 144 pages. Published October 2020.

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