If you’re visiting the UK, it’s guaranteed that you’ll encounter several pubs.
Did you know…? There are around 47,500 pubs in the UK!
‘Pub’ is short for ‘public house’. It’s a place where locals can go to hang out, talk to friends, have some drinks and order some food. The atmosphere in pubs is casual and generally relaxing…but sometimes important sport events are shown on a big screen and things can get very noisy!
Did you know…? People refer to their closest pub as their ‘local’. For example, ‘Have you been to the ‘The Queen’s Arms?’ ‘Yes, it’s my local! I like it there.’
Pubs are not unique to the UK. You can find them in Australia and New Zealand too!
You may think that pubs are the same as bars. They are similar but there are some differences:
- Play soft music that creates a welcoming atmosphere but isn’t too loud.
- Usually have a tv (or several) showing sporting events.
- Pubs serve food which is often traditional.
- Pubs are family-friendly and lots of pubs allow dogs to come in too!
- Play loud music and sometimes have a dancefloor.
- Bars may serve food, but usually small snacks.
- Only customers who are over the age of 18 are allowed into bars.
Now that you know what a pub is, you might want to visit one! There are a few things you should know about ordering food and drink in a pub, and that’s the purpose of this lesson.
First, we’ll look at the vocabulary you need to order drinks. It’s simple vocabulary but there’s a lot of it. Don’t worry – we’ll practise it to help you remember.
Secondly, we’ll look at ordering food in a pub. Pubs are where you’ll find traditional food so in this part of the lesson you’ll learn the names of some British dishes and what is in them.
Lastly, you’ll learn how to chat to people in pubs. Pubs are relaxed places and usually filled with locals, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to them if you want to. This part of the lesson will cover some topics of conversation that are appropriate for the pub.