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A Tour Of The Pubs Of England

Apr 10, 2008
Drinking and socialising is a large part of the culture of England and a tour of the various historic pubs and breweries is the perfect way to sample this culture. Many may think that beer in England is purely warm flat liquid that only the locals would be mad enough to sample. This however is a common misconception; while on your tour it would be criminal to miss out on the fine ales, stouts and bitters. They may taste flat to the uneducated, but the acquiring of the taste for the beers of England will definitely add an aspect to your tour.

A pint of good beer is a thing to enjoy and savour, thankfully for those who appreciate the tipple there is such a wide and diverse base of beer types that the drinker is thrown in a 'Willy Wonka's Factory' of delight. On your tour you will see bitters and milds, porters and stouts whilst not forgetting the cider that makes the West Country so appealing. The drinks however should only form a small part of your pub tour of England, after all it is the location as much as the pint that makes a good drink.

The pubs of England are some of the oldest in the world and this history is evident as you sup on your tipple. The ale houses of England that you will see on your tour let the traveller step back in time to a simpler period where the roar of an open fire and the clink of glasses is one of the greatest delights in life and a must for the weary traveller. While chain pubs may be encroaching on the traditional pub market, do not fear; there are still plenty of historic pubs to quench your thirst.

All regions of England have a wealth of historic establishments that will amaze the tourist. While you are on your tour you will see names such as the Royal Oak, The Black Bull and Ye Olde Fighting Cocks; all giving some indication of the pub's heritage. It must be noted that these pubs have been at the heart of their communities for centuries and are still play a major part in modern communities. Nearly all villages will have a pub and stopping off while on your tour for a quick drink or even a spot of lunch can make the journey all the more enjoyable.

In terms of the beers you will see on your tour of England, they generally fall into five categories. The most numerous are the bitters or ales, this are generally very 'hoppy' and low in carbonation, an adjunct of the bitters are the 'mild beers' which are generally sweeter and usually darker in colour.

Dark colour however is dominated by the stouts; of course most have tried Guinness but there are ranges of stout that vary immensely from the taste of Ireland. Porter can be seen as a happy medium between stout and mild and has experienced resurgence in recent years. Cider is becoming evermore popular but for the true 'scrumpy', the West Country is the place to head, this apple based drink can be extremely strong so remember to drink responsibly

While the inhabitants of England are famed for their love of drink try not to match them, they drink at a fast pace and those on tour often fall foul to the odd hangover when overindulgence occurs. For a true slice of English culture however, there is no better way than to visit the local pub and sample the unique regional tipple.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty advocates an England tour that includes sampling the historic public houses as a great vacation idea.
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