Monday, 21 November 2016

Pub layout

This is a short post for David Boshko who was having trouble visualisingthe layout of British pubs.

This is from The Pub and the People and shows the layout of a Bolton pub in the 1930s. Though when I started drinking uin the 1970's, this sort of arrangement was still very common in the North.

Note that the taproom has no window.

Here's a more complex layout from the 1950's (Courtesy of Beer in Britain):


I've just noticed that the cellar is shown as being overground. Bit weird, that. And a very unusually-shaped pub, but it does give a good idea of a multi-room pub with a single srving area.

3 comments:

tommy n said...

I'm guessing the second plan is of this pub http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/leicestershire/leicester_beaumontleys.html

Roel Mulder said...

Hi Ron,
Nice, the upper picture is also featured in G.H. Jansen's book 'De eeuwige kroeg', a history of taverns and pubs in Europe and beyond.
It also has the layouts of two Dutch pubs in the 1970s, if you're interested.
cheers,
Roel

David Boshko said...

Many thanks.