A slightly odd one, this: we came across an old brochure advertising MG Magnette saloon cars dating from around 1956 featuring the following two wonderfully of-their-time images.
This is the brochure’s centrefold; the pub is
the Barley Mow at Clifton Hampden, not far from Oxford.
Anyone recognise this pub with a ‘Smokeroom Bar’? It’s probably in Oxford, we reckon. UPDATE: @guidomax on Twitter says this is the Crown & Thistle, Abingdon.
You know the one: a hand wrapped around a grubby straight-sided pint glass, its contents (London Pride? John Smith’s?) being tipped into the mouth of an anonymous male drinker.
News editors love it, or at least rely on it —
here, here, here and here, to point to just a few examples — for illustrating stories about alcohol, negative or positive, regardless of their specific content.
As a result, for some commentators, its repeated usage has become a symbol of the problem with mass media’s approach to beer:
For our part, we’ve become more fascinated with each repetition. Are there really no other pictures of beer in the stock libraries? Or, as some have suggested, are editors now just using it to troll grumpy beer geeks? And — because we always ask this question eventually — what is the story behind the picture?
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We’ve just spent a week in Giggleswick/Settle which, for its size, has plenty of decent pubs. Our favourite was the Talbot Arms, of which more later, but here’s a quick look at all the others.
High Street, Settle, with the Golden Lion to the far left and Thirteen (with red CAMRA banner) to the right.
Thirteen — almost a micropub, but not quite — advertises its offer. (Note: buy six pints, keep the receipts, and get a seventh free.)
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These pictures of British brewing bigwigs all come from the
1900 Licensed Victuallers’ Year Book and follow on from this post from last June.
Mr Sampson Hanbury, business partner of Benjamin ‘Ben’ Truman from 1780. (To be played by Michael Douglas in the upcoming HBO feature film ‘ Behind the Mash Tun’.)
Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. (Nephew of Sampson Hanbury, and the Buxton in Truman, Hanbury & Buxton; really did not want to pose for this portrait, or could smell gas at the time it was being drawn.)
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St Just is a bit further West than Penzance, not far from Cape Cornwall and Land’s End, and, despite its tiny population of 4,600, has four pubs on its picturesque town square. On Saturday, we paid them a visit.
The King’s Arms, with photogenic dog and tourist-attracting red phone box.
The bar in the cosy saloon bar at the King’s Arms, with open fire, and a bloke eating pork scratchings at the counter.
Continue reading “The St Just Pub Crawl”
Artillery Inn darts outing. Behind the coach, the ‘cottages’ (derelict slum terraces) attached to the pub.
Bailey’s Dad celebrating a win against other Exeter publicans.
Bailey’s Dad (left) and a pub customer dressed up for a cabaret evening celebrating Mum’s 30th. (Well-used piano on right.)
Bailey’s Dad actually drinking for a pewter tankard. (Tankard now lives in a kitchen cupboard where it holds ‘bits and bobs’.)
Bailey’s Dad behind the bar. Flower’s, Heineken, unused cask ale pump, Whitbread Tankard, Whitbread Best.
Various pub customers, post Christmas pantomime, with Bailey’s Mum (front centre) and Nan (far right (not politically speaking)).
Christmas party hilarity. (Painting on wall: Bailey and little brother.)
Mum and Dad at the “Whitbread Party 1984”; brewery rep. centre.
While at home for Christmas, Bailey took the opportunity to raid his parents photo archive (an ancient Tesco carrier bag) for pictures from their time running the Artillery Inn, Exeter, between 1981-84.
Views of the Castlebellingham Brewery. (Castlebellingham & Drogheda.)
Guinness Brewery: Frontage of the Premises.
Guinness Brewery: Loading Wharf on the River Liffey.
Guinness Brewery: Cooperage Yard.
Guinness Brewery: One of the Malting Floors.
Guinness Brewery: View of Mash Tuns.
Guinness Brewery: The Cleansing House — This illustration depicts the Process of Skimming the Yeast from the Stout.
Butter Scotch, a dray horse at the Anchor Brewery, Dublin.
Beamish & Crawford’s Cork Porter Brewery.
McCardle Moore & Co Ltd, Dundalk: One Corner of the Fermenting Room. (Each vessel contains 500 barrels.)
Lady’s Well Brewery, James J. Murphy & Co., Cork.
The invaluable and labyrinthine Internet Archive (archive.org) recently made available
millions of public domain images from old books, searchable by keyword, on Flickr.com.
This gallery comes from
a 1902 book called . Ireland: industrial and agricultural which has a substantial section on brewing in Ireland
(We’ve tidied the images up a bit and flipped them all the right way round.)
The founder members of the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood. SOURCE: John Keeble; Mrs Gore.)
Becky’s Dive Bar, photographed by Grant W. Corby (we’d still like to get in touch with him) and supplied by Eric Schwartz (pictured right).
Label for Brahms & Liszt Pale Ale by the Selby Brewery. (SOURCE: Martin Sykes.)
The premises that would become North Bar, Leeds, before its refurbishment. (SOURCE: North Bar.)
Christian Townsley (left) and John Gyngell, founders of North Bar, c.1997. (SOURCE: North Bar.)
Martin Dickie (left) and Stefano Cossi, the ‘a beery equivalent of Noel and Liam Gallagher’, at Thornbridge, c.2005. (SOURCE: Simon Webster, Thornbridge.)
Justin Hawke. (We took this photo — it’s not very flattering, but we and he wanted to get the wooden sign in…)
Andrew Cooper (left) and Brett Ellis of the Wild Beer Company in the summer of 2013. (Our photo.)
Featured image: David Bruce outside the Flounder & Firkin, Islington, in the early 1980s. (SOURCE: David Bruce.) These are photos we didn’t use in
Brew Britannia because they were too low in resolution, too low in contrast, or, in the case of a couple we took ourselves, rotten.
We’ve also thrown in a colour version of the Brahms & Liszt beer label which appears in black-and-white in the book.
With thanks to John Keeble, Brian Schwartz, Martin Sykes, David Bruce, Christian Townsley & John Gyngell and Simon Webster.
“Gertcha! A pint of Courage Best.” Highbury, North London.
Meux’s Original London Stout advertised on a derelict pub building at Finsbury Park, North London.
Former pub building, now a creative media advertising thoughtspace, Islington, North London.
Former pub building, now residential, Islington, North London.
Engraved windows, Islington, North London.
“Taylor Walker Ales & Stout” — the legendary Hope & Anchor, Camden, North London.
A 1930s former Young’s house in Fitzrovia, Central London, given an unfortunate cod-Victorian makeover.
‘Charrington’s Entire’, former pub-building, now under redevelopment, in Hammersmith, West London.
There are lots of pubs and former pubs on almost every street in London, often with advertisements for long-gone brands.
The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, in the ‘Northern Quarter’.
The bar in the Castle Hotel, Oldham Street.
Crown & Anchor, Port Street, Manchester. Chester’s were famous for their ‘fighting mild’.
The Crown Hotel, Salford, most recently a beauty salon.
The Lower Turk’s Head, central Manchester. ‘MB’, we are told, stands for ‘Manchester Brewery’.
The Salutation, Chorlton on Medlock, currently undergoing preservation work and renovation.
Many Manchester pubs have more or less elaborate tiling and we managed to snap a few pictures on our visit last week.