No one could claim that British pubs have been serving alcoholic beverages since the day when, in some dusty market in Jerusalem, or thereabouts, Jesus performed one of his greatest miracles and turned water into wine. It’s hard to believe every fanciful tale in the bible, but the miraculous fact is that many British pubs have been supplying ale for several centuries and have long been the social hubs of towns and villages throughout this tiny island.
Every British pub has its own unique character, and with some retaining much of their original mediaeval structure, with low ceilings, thatched roofs, and quirky olde worlde decor it’s often easy to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time – though the cuisine on offer is sure to be a great improvement on the fare that was served up in the distant past.
Many British pubs have curious names that might once have reflected some facet of their origins, but some have obscure names that defy any logical explanation, with one of the most curious names begin that of The Frog and Rhubarb in the English village of Slip End.
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