‘A public house, informally known as a pub, is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. There are approximately 53,500 public houses in the United Kingdom. This number has been declining every year, so that nearly half of the smaller villages no longer have a local pub. The writings of Samuel Pepys describe the pub as the heart of England. The history of pubs can be traced back to Roman taverns, through the Anglo-Saxon alehouse to the development of the modern tied house system in the 19th century.’ Thanks Piki. But today the art of the pub crawl has been perfected for modern tastes with the fuel and food driven trek through the gastropub, as exemplified in a series that Max really needs to see: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/nov/27/the-trip-northern-england-restaurants We shall be replicating this in our own small consular way next spring when a young man’s thoughts turn to fifty. However, the traditional English pub, reminiscent of the Myrtle Tavern we used to frequent, or the Manor of Kentucky’s past or the Bear of my present, is best understood as an approximation of the Crow.