Pubs

How do Britain’s pubs get their names?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

An easy one: what links Jack Straw’s Castle, The Labouring Boys and The Jolly Taxpayer? No, not the parliamentary expenses…

We need an inquiry into the Elizabeth Line farce

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If you know my personal history with Barclays, you may be wondering whether I’m for or against Edward Bramson. To…

Children are everywhere – and they’re spoiling everything

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The kids are now in charge

Everyone loves a bar-room bawl

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Britain’s traditional drinking ballads are dying out – and it’s time for a revival

The case against a second Scottish referendum

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Aid is not the answer Bill Gates says he is a huge fan of capitalism and trade (Save Aid!, 22…

The case against a second Scottish referendum

11 March 2017 9:00 am

On Scottish independence Sir: Alex Massie writes of the order permitting a second Scottish independence referendum: ‘Having granted such an…

Good beer, cheap

The wonder of Wetherspoons

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Of all the stories I’ve heard about the fallout from Brexit — families divided, work jeopardised, friendships ended — the…

‘Pub owners are particularly keen on quizzes, because quiz teams drink an awful lot’

How pub quizzes became normal

7 January 2017 9:00 am

For more than 20 years now, I have been trudging up the hill to the Prince of Wales in Highgate…

Save the pub landlord!

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Great pub landlords are rare – and getting rarer

The law that’s letting local heroes save their village pubs

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The much-mocked ‘localism agenda’ is letting villages save their threatened pubs – including, I hope, mine

The café by St Michael’s Mount dissolves my cynicism

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The Sail Loft is under a castle on a mountain on an island in the sea; for that, I could…

Word of the week: 'concept'

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘It was nothing special, but it was a pub,’ said my husband, looking up from his copy of Bar magazine…

School drinking is the best drinking of all

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Head teachers may try to control it, but for Ed Cumming alcohol was the most fun between the ages of 13 and 18

She knows who’s next

Six rules for a perfect pub

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Whenever one of those news stories appears about how many pubs have been forced to close in the last year,…

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is the fight to save London

Michael Heath's diary: I've fallen among hipsters (and I have the T-shirt to prove it)

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I now live in the hippest part of London, Shoreditch. It must be Tony Blair’s idea of heaven, a multicultural…

Gyles Brandeth's diary: The pub where the Queen came in by the fire escape

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Hard on the heels of the 90th birthday of Nicholas Parsons (10 October) comes the 65th birthday of the Prince…

Low life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Neil Clark’s wonderful piece three weeks ago, ‘Running out of sweeties’ (The Spectator, 16 February), has lingered in my mind.…

Real life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Two pedantic nerds should not be allowed to come together in a small space. In any case, the guy who…