The beerdrinker's lot is much happier than it used to be in the dark days of the late 60s / early 70s. The Big 6 and Party Sevens are long gone - thankfully. The best brewing roundabouts in London have withstood the wave of megakeggery and Camra's Good Beer Guide is thicker than ever.
But all is not well. Pubs are under threat as never before: good ones struggle against the chains' marketing muscle and bad ones still try to sell cloudy swill for £3.00 a pint. We can't afford to buy all the badly-treated pubs or re-educate every lousy cellarman - sorry - but we can get on this soapbox and let off steam.
|Wiping out Britain's National Brewers and putting prices up.
||A revolting abbreviation for a revolting business.
||Better than Watney's but...
|Without a "Mine Host", it's not a pub.
||Nicotine: the pub's traditional Magnolia
||Is it a pub? Is it a restaurant? Is it a crêche?
|Shame about the pubs - The Ostrich is doing better, though.
||Linda bloody Barker's got a lot to answer for.
||How to ruin a British Institution.