No tips please, we’re British

18 May 2024 9:00 am

I hate tipping, not because I am intrinsically mean but because of the anxiety it induces. You pitch up at…

Fellowship of the Lamb: how we’re saving Tolkien’s pub

8 October 2022 9:00 am

How a group of regulars are saving Tolkien’s pub

Why do British galleries shun the humane, generous art of Ruskin Spear?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Where do you see paintings by Ruskin Spear (1911–90)? In the salerooms mostly, because his work in public collections is…

How likely is a false positive from a Covid test?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Positive thinking The government wants us to test ourselves for Covid-19 twice a week, using lateral flow kits which will…

Why it’s a good time to invest in a pub

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s obvious from the body language of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey that negative interest rates — much talked…

Is any song more lucrative than ‘Happy Birthday’?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Last orders The new tier restrictions have made life difficult for pubs. How many are closed? — According to the…

How we became a nation of choirs and carollers

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Alexandra Coghlan on how we became a nation of choirs and carollers

Wishful drinking: pubs have always been good at bending the rules

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Pubs have always been good at bending the rules

Dublin double act: Love, by Roddy Doyle, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Far be it from me to utter a word against the patron saint of Dublin pubs, Roddy Doyle. Granted he’s…

Hats (and knickers) off to the hosts: The Naked Podcast reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I spent half an hour this week listening to a woman make a plaster cast of her vulva. Kat Harbourne,…

Leicester has a history of lockdowns

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Leicester lockdowns Leicester was forced to impose the first local lockdown, in response to a reported surge in cases of…

Letters: Our churches bring comfort – they must reopen

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Is ‘the Science’ scientific? Sir: I hope that those in the highest places will have read and will act upon…

How do Britain’s pubs get their names?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

An easy one: what links Jack Straw’s Castle, The Labouring Boys and The Jolly Taxpayer? No, not the parliamentary expenses…

We need an inquiry into the Elizabeth Line farce

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If you know my personal history with Barclays, you may be wondering whether I’m for or against Edward Bramson. To…

Children are everywhere – and they’re spoiling everything

28 July 2018 9:00 am

There was a time when middle-class liberals used to complain that the English were a nation of child haters. They…

Word of the week: 'concept'

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘It was nothing special, but it was a pub,’ said my husband, looking up from his copy of Bar magazine…

She knows who’s next

Six rules for a perfect pub

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Whenever one of those news stories appears about how many pubs have been forced to close in the last year,…

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is the fight to save London

Michael Heath's diary: I've fallen among hipsters (and I have the T-shirt to prove it)

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I now live in the hippest part of London, Shoreditch. It must be Tony Blair’s idea of heaven, a multicultural…

Gyles Brandeth's diary: The pub where the Queen came in by the fire escape

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Hard on the heels of the 90th birthday of Nicholas Parsons (10 October) comes the 65th birthday of the Prince…