Published On: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017

Britain's ideal pub? The best boozer should have THESE qualities


Today’s drinkers also like a fireplace and music but are not that bothered about a dartboard or cigarette machine and prefer somewhere that allows dogs to come in but not children.

While traditionalists will be happy to see a fireplace and a beer garden included towards the top of the list, not so many are keen on TVs all over the walls or even a pool table.

The list of ingredients making up Britain’s ideal pub were compiled by market researchers YouGov Omnibus from a survey of 2,113 adults.

They used many of the factors that George Orwell famously wrote about in 1946 in an essay about his vision of the ideal public house – including Victorian architecture.

One of his must-haves – serving meals – topped the overall list of today’s pub visitors, followed by a beer garden and a fireplace.

Significantly, in fourth place, was having bar staff who knew the names of regulars and took an interest in customers, with ‘selling snacks’ in fifth for those who like a packet of crisps with their pint.

Women were more likely than men to want a pub that served meals as well as cocktails and men were more keen to see real ale on tap and TVs showing sport as well as a dart board.

Ben Glanville of UK Omnibus told drinks trade magazine Morning Advertiser: “With pubs under pressure to attract punters and to stand out from the competition, making sure they cater to customers’ favourite pub characteristics is more important than ever.”

WHAT MAKES AN IDEAL PUB

Serves meals (67 per cent)

Beer garden (63 per cent)

Fireplace (52 per cent)

Bar staff know your name (51 per cent)

Sells snacks (50 per cent)

Sells real ale (37 per cent)

Live music (35 per cent)

Background music (35 per cent)

Pub quizzes (34 per cent)

Allows dogs (32 per cent)

Doesn’t allow children (27 per cent)

Has bookcases – with books (25 per cent)

Snooker/pool table (24 per cent)

Serves cocktails (23 per cent)

Shows football/sport (18 per cent)

TVs on walls (17 per cent)

Dart board (17 per cent)

Victorian architecture (16 per cent)

Leather seats (14 per cent)

Tankards (14 per cent)

Sells cigarettes/tobacco (6 per cent)

Fruit machines (5 per cent)



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