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25 things every real pub should have

March 2016 marks a decade of my life spent running pubs and five years running my own pub business. I'd like to think I know a thing or two about running a proper pub. When I say a proper pub, I mean just that. A proper pub shouldn't be a social club, sports club or a restaurant. It's a special space, with personality and a heart. 
1. Allow dogs in the public bar

2. Open before noon
3. Have a proper fire

4. Offer a bar snack menu

5. Have a website
6. Have at least one local ale on


7. Have a community notice board
8. Serve Sunday lunches

9. Serve a pie in winter
10. Have porkscratchings 

11. Use the local butcher or farmer
12. Have at least one pub pet

13. Have space designated for families

14. Serve ice
15. Use a bell to call last orders
16. Serve at least one French and New world wine by the glass.

17. Have a vegetarian and vegan option on their menu
18. Have jugs with a handle

19. Have at least one old photo of the pub.
20. Have a dart board

21. Offer a friendly welcome
22. Bric-a-brac of some kind or another 
23. Have a meat raffle
24. Offer a real cider in the summer
25. Serve a ploughmans lunch




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