The Moon Under Water

Today is the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s essay on the perfect pub “The Moon Under Water” in the London Evening Standard (9 February 1946). Here’s a link to the full text, which is short and ell worth a read.…/essays-…/the-moon-under-water/

The briefest possible summary of Orwell’s prescription is good ale, good conversation, friendly staff and different areas for different purposes. As pubs continue to close at the rate of 27 per week, how many of them are closing because they lack one or more of these key characteristics?

Orwell admits his perfect pub didn’t exist even then. What’s your recipe for the perfect pub, and which Shropshire pub comes closest to it?


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