Virtually every town/village/city in the UK has a local pub. Pubs or, to give the full name - Public Houses, have been around for many years. The oldest English pub still on its original site is called Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem ...www.triptojerusalem.com ... it is carved into the rock beneath Nottingham Castle and shows the date 1189AD on its wall. It is fairly touristy but is worth a visit. The smallest pub is The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds ... only 15ft by 7ft ... The Nutshell | Britain's Smallest Pub in Bury St Edmunds serving Ale since 1867
Pubs tend to be in close proximity to churches in the towns/villages ... must be something to do with needing a pint after a particularly poor sermon ...
True beers or 'ales' have been drunk in England since ... "a long time ago". In the middle ages, the water supply was pretty unreliable so most people would drink ale instead of water. (As ale was 'brewed', there was a chance that it was more reliable than water ... unless, of course, the inn keeper 'watered' his beer.) Ale was drunk at all meals, including breakfast ... if the individuals were wealthy enough. There is a group in the UK that has been in existence for about 40 years and is dedicated to the preservation of traditional ales and encourage production from independent breweries ... the CAMpaign for Real Ale, generally abbreviated to CAMRA.
If you are visiting the UK and would like some guidance on pubs around the area where you are staying, add your request to this post and we'll see what info/advice we can give.
If you have found a great pub on a UK visit, please add some info to this post so that we can all share in your knowledge ... although I have visited many pubs, I am always finding new ones (that may have been there for centuries)!