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.
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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.
‘Un Bar aux Folies-Bergère’, 1882.
Detail from ‘Un Bar aux Folies-Bergère’, 1882.
‘The Cafe Concert’, 1878.
Detail from ‘The Cafe Concert’, 1878.
‘Women Drinking Bocks’, 1878.
‘At the Cafe’, 1878.
‘La Serveuse de Bocks’, 1879.
‘La Serveuse de Bocks’, 1878 version.
‘Le Bon Bock’, 1873.
Detail from ‘Le Bon Bock’, 1873.
Manet himself caricatured as ‘Le Bon Bock’.
Édouard Manet (1832-1883), a pioneer of impressionism, liked to paint Parisian street scenes, bars and cafés, and had a particular knack for capturing the look of light glinting from a cool glass of golden beer.
The frequency with which he depicted women drinking beer — positively chugging it — is also striking.
The gallery begins with a painting much over-used in books and articles about beer but which we couldn’t ignore. We’ve also pulled out a couple of interesting details for closer attention.
We referred to these pictures a lot while working on
Gambrinus Waltz — it might have been the wrong city, but lager came to London via Paris, and the atmosphere of London’s lager beer saloons was similarly racy.
All of these images were taken from Wikimedia Commons and are in the public domain.
Birds of a feather.
The Spotted Dog.
A convivial lady.
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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.
Berliner Rathskeller, 1896.
Hamburg restaurants and hotels compete over their beer, 1900.
Patzenhofer of Berlin advertises its wares 1896. They tried to break the UK market between the wars..
The Hotel Bristol Vienna advertises… what now? Pilsenetzer?
Pschorr — an international company by 1896.
Wicküler of Wuppertal, 1896.
We have culled these advertisements from two editions of the Hamburg American Line (aka Hapag Lloyd) guide to Europe from 1896 and 1900.
The former is available through Archive.org while the latter (stinky and falling apart) is in our own collection.
(When did you last see a hotel using its beer offer as selling point?)
“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.
Ralph Thrale, who acquired the Anchor Brewery at Southwark in 1729.
Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796), who entered brewing in 1742.
A cut-out silhouette portrait of John Courage, who took over the Anchor Brewery in 1787, from a c.1970s beer mat.
Benjamin Truman, grandson of the founder of Truman’s, who expanded the brewery in the 18th century. This portrait is by Thomas Gainsborough and dates from around 1770.
Henry Boddington I, aged 33, in 1847, a year before he became a partner in the Manchester brewery he would later take over and to which he would give his name.
Michael Thomas Bass, grandson of William Bass Jr, who oversaw the brewery’s enormous growth in the 19th century.
George Simonds (1843-1929), grandson of the founder of Simonds of Reading, and brewery Chairman. He was also a sculptor and, as you can see, a keen falconer.
It’s surprisingly hard to come by portraits of brewers (or brewery owners, at least) even though we’re certain there must be lots of them knocking about in boardrooms and regional galleries. Here are a few we’ve found.
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.