History Of The British Public House
The description “public house” was first coined in the 17th century. Ever since, the British public house has survived periods of extreme popularity and periods of regrettable decline. For Brits and for international tourists, the British public house is part of the endearing culture that helps the economy and welcomes guests hospitably.
Britain has a long history of taverns, alehouses and hospitable inns. Taverns served wine. Alehouses served beer and ale and inns provided much needed accommodations for travellers. The British pub borrows a little bit of all these institutions.
The British public house changed the landscape and usually had a strong local community presence. People came to the first pubs to conduct business or share results from a sporting or wagering event. Pubs had great flexibility and loads of local colour.