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The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking For the Moon Under Water

Paul Moody, Robin Turner

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Prose: non-fiction, Humour

Inspired by George Orwell, Paul Moody and Robin Turner, authors of THE ROUGH PUB GUIDE, clock up hundreds of beer miles in search of the perfect pub.

George Orwell, a man fond of a pint, wrote about his fantasy pub, The Moon Under Water, in his EVENING STANDARD column - 'two minutes from the bus stop where drunks and rowdies never seemed to find their way ... where there was no music and motherly barmaids called you ''dear'' while pouring pints in red china mugs.' That was the 1940s. Today our high streets have been taken over by cheapened identikit lounge bars (the Wetherspoon chain has fourteen Moon Under Waters), and the pub, as a cornerstone of British life, has never been more under threat. What with smoking bans and the cost of a pint being roughly equivalent to the price of a multipack from a supermarket, there are scores of pubs closing every week.

In search of the perfect pub, Paul Moody and Robin Turner head off in pursuit of pubs that fizz with independence and a true frontier spirit, along the way raising a glass to 2,000 years of British brewing history. It's partly an account of their road trip around Britain researching THE ROUGH PUB GUIDE, and partly a deeper investigation into why British pub culture is the toast of the world.

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