Whatever happened to the traditional pub? Why is our choice limited to wine bars and so called gastro-pubs in most big cities nowadays?
I fondly remember my local pub, a traditional sort, where we used to go without fail each Sunday afternoon. AND there was the hilarious quiz night - with the lady with the porn star voice - and the knowledge that our team would always come last. Everything has sadly changed. They've renovated the interior and removed all those little quirks and nuances that made it our local.
I also remember, as a youngster, family trips where we would stop for lunch in a country pub. I can still recall that wonderful smell of bar meals mixed with ale and real wooden furniture, while my brother and I sat outside drinking shandy on a wooden picnic bench.
Another thing that's bothering me is the demise of the good Irish pub. Great pubs, with a great atmosphere and characters you wouldn't meet anywhere else. There have been several failing attempts to bring them back in some areas, but they're just not the same.
Don't get me wrong. I like change and nothing can stay the same forever. But deep down doesn't everyone want to find their own version of Cheers - where everybody knows your name?