In the second instalment of our (hopefully) monthly series, we’ve collected you another three of the most interesting, important or just downright silly stories to occur in the world of public houses during the month of August. From tiny pubs on ships to London’s most expensive pint, grab a drink and settle back as we recount this month’s pub news.
No Doggy Business: J.D Wetherspoons to Ban Dogs on Premises
Iconic pubco chain JD Wetherspoon has long had a no dogs policy, which you can find at the back of their menus on or on their website. However, almost all the company’s 936 public houses in the UK did not enforce the ban on your typical dog owner. However, from September 2018, they have committed to tightening up their rules in this area. ‘Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable, and every dog owner thinks theirs is perfect,’ said the Wetherspoon’s spokesman, Eddie Gershon. ‘We serve a lot of food, and welcome many young children in our pubs – many of whom are scared of dogs’ he added.
Customers have until September the 10th before the new rules come into effect. As per the law, guide and other assistance dogs are exempt.
Pints Ahoy: Pub to Open Aboard HMS Elizabeth
We’ve categorised some of the strangest, smallest and oldest pubs in the UK a few times on this site – but 2018 may have just given us a new one for the list. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of only two Elizabeth class carriers, which are the biggest ships the Royal Navy has ever owned. And one of them now has a pub on board! In collaboration with brewer Wadworth, the Queen’s Head opened on 13th of August and will serve military personnel and sailors only. Oh, and they also serve a specially brewed Carrier Ale. This 3.5% ABV exclusive IPA will also see 5p donated to Royal Marines Charity with every surface. Cheers!
Pour Me Another: London Pub Breaks Record for UK’s Most Expensive Pint
£22.50. That’s how much a pint of Speedway Stout is selling for in a Central London branch of the Craft Beer Co. The US brewed beer is jet black, flavoured with coffee and packs a 12% ABV punch. Oh, and did we also mention it’s £22.50?! That’s more than four times the average price of a London pint.
A Cockney Steal: Guy Ritchie to Open London Pub
Legendary gangster movie director Guy Ritchie is soon to become a landlord, for the second time. The Lukin in Fitzrovia has been bought up by the Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels director who will re-open it as The Lore of the Land sometime in the next few months. Ritchie previously owned a pub in Mayfair with his then wife Madonna, but he sold it in 2013 after a string of complaints about the raucous celebrity parties held there. Ritchie also owns a brewery, somewhat unimaginatively named Gritchie Brewing Company. Pop down for a pint with Guy, although it might cost you several thousand pounds!