Books on Pubs

Two texts that have been written documenting the history of beer and pubs are:

An Inebriated History of Britain by Peter Haydon
This charts the history of beer drinking in Britain from AD361


The Local: A History of the English Pub by Paul Jennings
The evolution of the pub since 1700

Pub Heritage

Scotalnd's True Heritage Pubs ;CAMRA

Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs ed by David Gamston; Pub CAMRA

Britain's Best Real Heritage Geoff Brandwood; pub CAMRA

Unusual Railway Pubs, Refreshment Rooms and Ale Trains by Bob Barton ; pub by Halsgrove

Licensed To Sell by G Brandwood, A Davidson and M Slaughter published by English Heritage. The history and heritage of the Public House.


Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and Present by Frances and Michael Holmes.
A magnificent labour of love. 232 pages of the history of breweries and pubs in Norwich. The city split into 8 divisions with maps and pictures of current and past pubs. For example, one map has over 70 pubs marked with only 3 still open in 2015

by Pete Brown
Shakespeare's Local - six centuries of History seen through one extraordinary pub

A Man Walks Into A Pub - an informative and amusing book on the history of beer.

The Pub - a 2016 publication looking at styles of pubs and some of his 250 favourite pubs

Golden oldies from the early days of rising concern about brewers and their actions. You think it is bad now!

You will probably have to search second hand shops or the internet for these:

Beer and Skittles by Richard Boston

Death Of The English Pub by Christopher Hutt

The Longest Crawl by Ian Marchant tells the story of his journey from the Scilly Isles to the most norhern pub via many drinking establishments.

The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking For The Moon Under Water by Robin Turner and Paul Moody

Craig Stevenson and John Mackay write books about Scottish pubs they have visited.
Still Goin' - their second book visiting pubs with 13 different travels to pubs

The Auldest Boozers in Toon is a search for the oldest pubs in over 15 towns and cities in Scotland

All About Pub Signs by Dorothy Nicolle
The Old Dog and Duck (The Secret Meaning of Pub Names) by Albert Jack

Inn Sign Society

Great British Pubs by Aidrian Tierney-Jones ; pub CAMRA

The Beer Lover's Guide to Cricket by Roger Protz

Pint to Pint - The Daily Telegraph's crawl around Britain's best pubs

CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, ed Roger Protz; CAMRA

The Good Pub Guide ed Alisdair Aird & Fiona Stapley

Not all pubs need to have real ale to be interesting.

Rough Pub Guide: A Celebration of the Great British Boozer by Paul Moody and Robin Turner
Contains 'fifty of the most unforgettable drinking experiences' .

Strangest Pubs In Britain written and published by Strangest Books

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