Thursday, February 23, 2006

National Pub Week

I saw a post on Richard Bloomfield's blog last week about National Pub Week. I've since met Richard at the Scottish blogweek and realised that one of his natural habitats is definitely the pub; rather like BondBloke, in fact. :-) Richard was wondering what National Pub Week was, and bemoaning the absence of information on the CAMRA website, even though it is a CAMRA initiative.

Now I've seen a snippet on the Guardian blog which starts to reveal one of the awareness campaigns that CAMRA is trying to run. This is on Pubs Through Time, identifying pubs with particular historical associations, such as the Eagle in Cambridge, where Crick and Watson dined almost every evening whilst discussing their latest project - i.e. the discovery of DNA. Now, that's very interesting, and since no Edinburgh pubs are included, and Edinburgh has lots of historical pubs, I would be interested to know from the Edinburgh blogging cognoscenti, of whom there are plenty, which pubs they think ought to be included in the list, and why.

But since this promotion has hardly been very well publicised, I wonder whether better use could not have been made of the blogosphere to get the information out and about. To my mind, given the frequent reference to hostelries in blogs, it seems to me the information would have spread like wildfire, if it had been disseminated in the right places initially.


Blogger BondBloke said...

"his natural habitats is definitely the pub; rather like BondBloke, in fact"

This is scurrilous rumour!!!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Richard said...

There's The Oxford Bar that the author Ian Rankin drinks in - but I'm not sure whether that qualifies as a historical association.

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger roadrunner said...

Seems to me there is an opportunity here to have a 'pub-of-the-week (month)' slot on Bondbloke's blog...then bloggers could provide an insiders' tour of local hostleries (history, culture, amenity, range of drink, etc.) with a view to providing a much-needed guide for locals and visitors alike!

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

BondWoman buy RoadRunner a drink! He has hit on an excellent idea here - The Pub of The Week is a distinct favourite of mine...

Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Anonymous Croila said...

What about The Halfway House on, oh jeeze, what do you call it ... Advocate's Close? And Jingling Geordie's? Think that's on Advocate's Close too. They're dead old. And The White Hart, in the Grassmarket? Isn't that one absolutely ancient?

How about pubs which themselves aren't historic, but are named after historical events or people, like Deacon Brodie's?

And the Scotsman on Cockburn Street, and the Hebrides on Market Street. Because they've both got ten years of my personal history!

Seriously, though, that's mad not having any Edinburgh pubs. An affront, I tell you, an affront!

Saturday, February 25, 2006  

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