Drinking Culture in England #pubculture
The second guest of our new series, in which we share interesting information from the drinking cultures of countries, is England! We believe that alcohol and beverages are generally a big part of a country’s culture. For most people, drinking alcohol means socializing in general. Sitting together and chatting, watching sports, birthdays, and much more takes place around a pub table.
Part of the British culture is to enjoy every sip of the drink, and of course, this sip is usually taken from a beer! But it doesn’t just end there, the UK also has an iconic place in the drinking culture with its pubs. The word pub is used as an abbreviation for Public House. Pubs in England have become social hubs for people where generally locals hang out. In pubs, people spend pleasant moments with their loved ones while resting and relieving the tiredness of the day. If you want to understand and learn more about British culture better, you should go to a pub and live in that atmosphere like a local.
So what can you drink in pubs? If you want to drink fancy cocktails, pubs are not the correct place for that. However, you can freely order and find draught beer, lager, ale, bitter, and spirits nearly in every pub in England. You can try the top beers like Guinness, Stella Artois, Magners, Heineken and Strongbow. But don’t forget to specify your order otherwise don’t be surprised when you see the whole pint (1 pint = 568 ml). Besides the fancy cocktails, don’t expect someone to come and take your order from you. The pubs are hectic, especially on weekends and peak times such as after work. So take your money in your hands, slowly approach the bar, and don’t turn without getting what you want!
There are cult meals you can eat in pubs. The most common dish is sunday roast. Sunday roast is a type of roast that is usually served as lunch. It is usually made from chicken, beef, lamb, or pork. It is served with a mixture of fried potatoes, fresh vegetables, and sauce. In our second place from our list, there is the bangers and mash. British culture is famous for mashed potatoes, sausages, and of course, gravy sauces. If you’re looking for a delicious meal to accompany your beer, this British pub classic is the right choice!
The next round is from Pubinno! There is a concept called buying drinks in a “round” in England. Let’s say you are a group of 4 friends. First-person buys beer for everyone, then the other one, the other one… This is a vicious circle until everybody gets everyone a round of drinks. The buyer pays for the drinks at the bar as a single order. If you are going to be part of this tradition, we recommend that you order a round of beer before everyone gets drunk!
As in most places, making eye contact and saying “Cheers” before drinking is part of the UK drinking culture. “Cheers” is simply a way to celebrate health, friendships, and gatherings. Instead of saying cheers, you can prefer sayings like all the best, and slainte which means cheers to your health in Gaelic.