- Cask beer was almost universal even in rough end pubs
- Most pubs would offer free snacks on the bar on a Sunday
- When a certain pub was suggested, someone always said “Whose ale is it?” and someone always objected on that basis
- In addition to mixing draught and bottled, draught was often mixed
- Bottled versions of beer were common - Brown ale, pale ale etc.
- Every pub sold a nip bottle of strong ale, barley wine or both
- Afternoon stay behinds or lock-ins were common in cities at least, but you had to be “known”
- Many pubs had a bar/snug/taproom and a lounge/best room in which different prices applied
- There was always a price list
- Walking around a number of adjacent pubs was a common pursuit
- Pubs were astonishingly busy most of the time
- There was always an eagle eyed landlord watching out
- Licensing police were common visitors
Maybe pubs weren’t astonishingly busy most of the time, but being unable to find a seat was far more common, and they were often busy at times when they’re now closed.
The photo is of an electric diaphragm metered beer pump - something the kids probably wouldn’t believe ever existed.