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I've recently started going to the pub again.

Pubs used to be a big part of my life. As a teenager/young man you went to the village pub to hang out with friends. At university, pubs and bars were where all life happened. Maybe not always the same place but there'd be a college bar and you'd be certainly go somewhere regularly. In early grown-up life I went to the village pub again - until children and the demands of work curtailed it. At all stages, I always loved the camaraderie.

So, I've been going a fair bit recently. It's great. Although pubs in general have changed a lot, I'm lucky in having an old style local - and an old style clientèle. But it's sort of dawning on me that regular pub goers must be borderline alcoholics!

Anyone else eschewing online socialising in favour old school pubs?

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I have to say I am spoilt for some great free pubs with amazing local beers around me......the food in many of them is second to none....none of that mass produced chain style everything the same style places and the tied pubs that tenants are forced to buy what they don't want and the public don't want...... :)

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Drinking 3 or 4 pints these days seriously does me in.

If you went in for a half or a pint everyday or two that won't be too bad. But yes if you had as little as 2 to 3 pints a nightas, someone over say 30 that must be doing you some damage.

Personally I like to drink halves now, for the taste. Put if I do that with friends I get a few comments!

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Drinking 3 or 4 pints these days seriously does me in.

If you went in for a half or a pint everyday or two that won't be too bad. But yes if you had as little as 2 to 3 pints a nightas, someone over say 30 that must be doing you some damage.

Personally I like to drink halves now, for the taste. Put if I do that with friends I get a few comments!

Half a special flavorsome pint is plenty, possibly two......if you have waked two miles or more to reach it, you well deserve it, there has to be a goal, a reward at the end, a reason to do what you enjoy doing.....win, win. ;)

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I walk 0.75 miles to the pub (a free house with good beers and great food). A pint or two, two or three nights a week would be ideal. Trouble is, we too often find ourselves heading home at stupid o'clock. Now, I'm a relative newbie - but I reckon some of my drinking pals have been doing this practically every night for decades.

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I walk 0.75 miles to the pub (a free house with good beers and great food). A pint or two, two or three nights a week would be ideal. Trouble is, we too often find ourselves heading home at stupid o'clock. Now, I'm a relative newbie - but I reckon some of my drinking pals have been doing this practically every night for decades.

There is a big difference doing it during the day as opposed to the night.....the therapeutic walk is the reason the eventual beer is the icing on the cake. ;)

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Personally I like to drink halves now, for the taste. Put if I do that with friends I get a few comments!

I can't drink any more than 3 or 4 pints of ale on an evening these days.

On Saturday evening my friend and I met for a drink before our prebooked curry. We finished our pints with half an hour to spare before going to the Indian restaurant. It takes a lot longer for me to get through the second pint so I just asked for a half. He got a half pint for himself too. We must have looked like a pair of sissies.

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I always loved the idea of sitting in t'pub meeting some friends I hadn't met yet, but never really worked out for me...ended up being the alky in the corner that sometimes other alkies would try to talk to ;)

Try one of Mr Pins village fetes instead...meet some p1ssed up interesting folk who might not have crossed the border yet :lol:

P

Go the pub where nobody knows their name, :blink:

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I was charged £9.95 for a large glass of red wine in a pub recently. That's reason enough to avoid them !!

Was it a Fullers pub?

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I walk 0.75 miles to the pub (a free house with good beers and great food). A pint or two, two or three nights a week would be ideal. Trouble is, we too often find ourselves heading home at stupid o'clock. Now, I'm a relative newbie - but I reckon some of my drinking pals have been doing this practically every night for decades.

Some beers are a lot stronger than the good old 10 pints a night sessions my Uncle used to do.

And they were a whole fcking lot cheaper.

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The walk down to the pub is nice. I think as you get older you drink less and pubs make more sense. If you are out for a major session then they are too expensive.

Pubs have the different draft ales on tap to sample, some newspapers to read and people to chat to. Good to stretch the legs after a long run or a chance to walk the dog if you have one.

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The walk down to the pub is nice. I think as you get older you drink less and pubs make more sense. If you are out for a major session then they are too expensive.

Pubs have the different draft ales on tap to sample, some newspapers to read and people to chat to. Good to stretch the legs after a long run or a chance to walk the dog if you have one.

Make sure the dog doesn't drink too much. I used to see a bloke with a dog, and he would order a pint and a half of ale, and a big ash tray. The half went into the ash tray for the dog.

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My aspiration as a young man was to walk into any pub in the land and have a sensible conversation with anyone there. The world has changed, pubs are becoming surplus to societies requirements. I view it as a tragedy for our culture personally.

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My aspiration as a young man was to walk into any pub in the land and have a sensible conversation with anyone there. The world has changed, pubs are becoming surplus to societies requirements. I view it as a tragedy for our culture personally.

One of the motivations behind my return to pub world was quasi-political[1]. I'm with Thatcher - there is no such thing as society - but the most important extra-familial social structure is community. The people you meet with, talk to, trade with on a day-to-day, face-to-face basis.

I vaguely recall Orwell having written something along the lines of there are pubs in England, the nation will always be safe. Because, in his view, the nation was a vaguely united patchwork of communities and local networks.

Damned if I can find the quote though.

[1] Other reasons include being unemployed and needing face time with people in lieu of colleagues and customers; and making an investment of social capital in my locale.

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I vaguely recall Orwell having written something along the lines of there are pubs in England, the nation will always be safe. Because, in his view, the nation was a vaguely united patchwork of communities and local networks.

Damned if I can find the quote though.

Orwell's perfect pub: http://theorwellprize.co.uk/george-orwell/by-orwell/essays-and-other-works/the-moon-under-water/

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Many years ago I moved to Southampton. I always went to the local pub for a Sunday lunchtime with a newspaper, whilst my roast was cooking.

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One of the motivations behind my return to pub world was quasi-political[1]. I'm with Thatcher - there is no such thing as society - but the most important extra-familial social structure is community. The people you meet with, talk to, trade with on a day-to-day, face-to-face basis.

I vaguely recall Orwell having written something along the lines of there are pubs in England, the nation will always be safe. Because, in his view, the nation was a vaguely united patchwork of communities and local networks.

Damned if I can find the quote though.

[1] Other reasons include being unemployed and needing face time with people in lieu of colleagues and customers; and making an investment of social capital in my locale.

Orwell is my English hero too. And yes he nails nearly every situation. But pubs now are not what they were except in some parts of the countryside

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Orwell is my English hero too. And yes he nails nearly every situation. But pubs now are not what they were except in some parts of the countryside

They are fairly traditional around here.

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For the time being

A lot of them have turned "gastro", which ain't a proper pub! Times, they are a changing!

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No, it's not in that essay. Moon Under Water was my first port of call when I set about searching for this dimly remembered quote. That day I read buckets of Orwell trying to track it down - unsuccessfully. I'm beginning to suspect that it wasn't Orwell at all - and may even have been a quirk of my own imagination.

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They are fairly traditional around here.

I'm pretty lucky. Three free house pubs in the village. One "old man's" pub. One pub for ruffians and everyone banned from the other pubs. And one for normal alcoholics.

I doubt my pub has changed much over the last four hundred years - apart from the recent conversion of stables into restaurant. It has open fires, a snug, and buxom rose cheeked barmaids.

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