Each year on (or around) the 25th January, laddies and lassies gather to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s gr eatest poet, Robert Burns. Replete with whisky, haggis and bagpiping, Burns Night has been an annual tradition for over two hundred years. Most people know at least one of Burns’ works, most popularly ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘Red, Red Rose’. On the day that many people hit the pub to toast old “Rabbie”, it’s a perfect occasion to tell you about some of our favourite UK pubs whose names pay homage to past poets and popular poems.
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Your Christmas celebrations are over, but who says the fun and indulgence shouldn’t continue? Ginuary is the antithesi s of Dry January, created by gin-lovers as a way to dedicate a whole month to their favourite alcoholic drink. There is no hard-and-fast way to celebrate Ginuary; as long as you involve the spirit in one way or another, then you’re doing it right. The most popular approach is to try a new kind of gin on each day of the month, and where better to do this than at one of the UK’s growing number of specialist gin bars? Check out our guide to some of the best gin-spots in the country.
Creating the ultimate pub carpet is probably an impossible task, but there are a few carpets out there that come very cl ose to perfection. The pub carpet performs a number of functions: a) absorb spillages, vomit and food, sometimes all three at once, b) keep the floor warm, c) liven up a banal space and d) provide punters a piece of public art they can appreciate. Kit Caless, author of Spoon's Carpets, explores 5 basic rules of pub carpet creation.
Pack in as many Christmas dinners as possible this December, and even take away the pressures of preparation and the cal amities of cooking on Christmas day itself, by enjoying a fantastic dining experience at one of these Good Pub Guide pubs. Don’t be a turkey, go and get stuffed!
Autumn is undeniably here and winter is looming; the days are drawing in and we’re beginning to feel those first bites of frost on our skin. With this, the Danish quality of ‘hygge,’ which evokes a spiritual and physical cosiness, seems like a very appealing notion. So we thought we’d help you do hygge the British way, which means spending some quality time with your friends or family by a roaring fire in some of the UK’s cosiest pubs.