Is the Tiger Inn the Perfect Pub?

IMG_0926The Tiger Inn received lots of publicity this week following a report into how important pubs are to local communities and villages, the Tiger was used as a shining example. The journalist Harry Wallop of the Daily Telegraph (15.10.14) took the story further saying the Tiger Inn ticked a lot of boxes that made up George Orwell’s 1946 ideal pub. His list is below, but why don’t you come and stay or have a meal and let us know if The Tiger ticks the boxes that makes up your perfect pub.

The two stories and a good picture of the Tiger, can be found at:

George Orwell’s ideal pub

In 1946, George Orwell, the novelist and essayist, wrote an article for the Evening Standard about his ideal pub – the fictional Moon Under Water.

For him the pub would have the following 10 attributes:

  1. On a side street, to keep out the drunks or “rowdies”.
  2. Most of the customers are regulars and “go there for conversation as much as for the beer”.
  3. Its look is uncompromisingly Victorian – “everything has the solid, comfortable ugliness of the 19th century” – and there is a log fire in winter.
  4. A dining room upstairs, where you can get a good solid lunch. Only snacks are served in the evening.
  5. Downstairs there is a public bar, a saloon bar and a ladies’ bar.
  6. No radio, no piano. It is always quiet enough to talk.
  7. The barmaids know the customers’ names and call them “dear”, but never “ducky”.
  8. It sells tobacco, stamps and even aspirin.
  9. The beer (including a “soft, creamy stout”) is always served in a glass with a handle. Ideally, a pewter or china pot.
  10. There is a garden, with a slide and swings for children. It is “puritanical nonsense” to ban children.

He wrote, at the end of the piece, that he had only ever found a pub with eight of the 10 features.