We love what the traditional British pub is all about – at least, what it should be about; knowing that you will get great beer and food (and great wine plus an interesting choice of soft drinks), served by friendly staff who are interested in your enjoyment.

The oldest known recipe – carved into a stone tablet from Mesopotamia and dating back to a few thousand years BC – is of course, a recipe for beer!

The Ancient Egyptians revered beer as a royal drink and were buried with pitchers and barley grains to sustain them in the afterlife.

In medieval England it was allegedly a floggable offense to serve poor-quality beer.

Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty (beer) glass

The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content (Brew meister ‘Snake Venom’)

Beer can be good for you - beer contains antioxidants and a whole string of important B vitamins like niacin and folic acid.

Fantastic beers with BBQ food are Dark Lagers, Porters and Abbey Dubbel.

Red or Amber Ale is great paired with seafood and spicy dishes.

Abbey Dubbel is fantastic with steak.

Dry Stout tastes great with pies and steak.