They may not have a historical pedigree stretching back centuries, but several pubs across England have been deemed important enough to be granted listed status.
In his 1946 essay Moon Under Water, writer George Orwell described his ideal fictional pub.
He wrote that it would be “uncompromisingly Victorian” – offering “no glass-topped tables or other modern miseries… no sham roof-beams, inglenooks or plastic panels masquerading as oak”.
The latest list of pubs to be granted listed status may not have been to Orwell’s taste. Certainly, there’s a decent sprinkling of mock Tudor beams.
From Art Decco to Mock Tudor and whether or not you agree with Orwell, we should be very proud of these fabulous buildings housing our local hostelries, embrace their character and support their cause.
Let’s raise a glass to the most picturesque pubs the country has to offer, and let us know what you think…