Christel Lane, From Taverns to Gastropubs: Food, Drink, and Sociality in England (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 1 Jun 2018).

The pub is a prominent social institution integral to British identity. From Taverns of Gastropubs: Food, Drink, and Sociality in England charts the historical development of the English public house from the Restoration period to the twenty-first century, culminating in the contemporary gastropub. It explores issues of class, gender, and national identification to understand the social identity of patrons and how publicans conceive of their establishments’ organizational identity.

In the context of large-scale pub closures since the 1990s the gastropub is viewed as both a reaction to the traditional drinking pub and as a promising alternative. From Taverns to Gastropubs uses historical diaries, industry reports, and a wealth of in-depth interviews in order to understand the rise of the gastropub and how food, drink, and sociality has changed through time.


Table of Contents

  • <b>Part I: Historical Perspective</b>
  • 1: The Historical Development of Taverns, Inns, and Public Houses
  • 2: The Social Identity of Taverns, Inns, and Public Houses
  • 3: Eating Out in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: the contest between English and French food
  • 4: Eating Out in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries: changes in food and in social identities
  • <b>Part II: The Rise of the Gastropub</b>
  • 5: Publicans Between and the State and the Brewers: a subordinate relationship
  • 6: The Gastropub and its Divided Identity: food, drink, and sociality
  • 7: Social Identity in Gastropubs: a focus on class, gender, and nation
  • 8: The Future of the Pub: are gastropubs the saviour or the nemesis of the traditional pub?