posted on Sep, 5 2018 @ 10:22 AM
I was working out of town today and took a lunch break at the dodgiest looking back alley pub I found close by.
It was great, pint of local real ale and a meat pie came to £3.50, free pool table, had a game with some guy who thrashed me while telling me tales
about how he had just got out of police custody after a night in the cells for fighting, then I bought some cheap tobacco from an old man who sells it
from his regular barstool in the corner.
Complimentary newspapers on the bar, the place stank of pot lol, full of rogues, but one of the most inviting places I've been to. I had no worries
leaving my bag and pint at my table when I went out for a smoke, and chatted to a few more locals in the smoking area.
Now I fitted in quite well because I was in my scruffy work clothes and I grew up in a similar environment. I imagine in my suit and tie days I would
have stuck out like a sore thumb and not been so welcomed, but I love these old fashioned back street pubs in Britain.
We have a few national chain type pubs and you can always expect the same drinks/food etc, but they just don't have the atmosphere so I never use
them. Every time I'm out of town I find the roughest looking pub and am always pleased I did.
So, to Brits and members from other countries, do you shy away from such places or do you embrace them? They are slowly dying out in the UK due to the
smoking ban, and competition of cheap alcohol from supermarkets, but every town and city has them still, and they are full of crazy cats compared to
mainstream commercial bars.
Earlier this year I was working in the NE of England and found some brilliant backstreet boozers there, just the same, dodgy people but salt of the
Long live the British boozer