I’m guessing that, if you’re visiting The Brewclub, then you’re interested in beer. And, for the most part, beers are enjoyed, socially, in pubs and bars.
Well, the respected beer writer (and six times winner of the British Guild of Beer Writers ‘Writer of the Year’ award) – Pete Brown – has written the definitive history of one of London’s oldest inns, ‘The George’ in Southwark.
I mentioned ‘The George’ when I wrote about the pubs of Southwark (here), and Pete has written a fascinating exploration of the history, not only of ‘The George’, but of Southwark, Borough Market and London Bridge.
Pete freely admits that the Shakespeare connection is spurious, but it is known that Shakespeare was connected with the nearby Globe theatre, so it’s a reasonable assumption that he will have visited the inn on this site at some time. Charles Dickens is known to have frequented ‘The George’ and, bizarrely, people have been known to claim that certain rooms in the pub are where (fictional) characters actually met. Hmmm.
I sat and read this book over a sunny weekend, accompanied by a few ‘lawn mower beers’ and enjoyed it immensely.
If you want an insight into the history of one of England’s oldest and most interesting pubs, then I commend it to your bookshelf (or e-reader).
Checkout the link here, or put it on your list for Santa.