They were once bastions of cultural heritage, but their numbers have been dwindling for years, with small independents bearing the brunt of changing drinking habits. Mick O’Hare looks back at the history of the Great British Pub and finds not all hope is lost
Guild Member Profile
- Full member
- Pre-entry into Periodical Journalism (London College of Printing)
What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?
I was a journalist with New Scientist for 26 years before going freelance in 2018. I authored, among many, the science books Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? and Does Anything Eat Wasps? I now write about pretty much anything but especially Cold War politics and Eastern Europe, the history of the Space Race, science, motorsport, rugby league and, when I can, beer and pubs.
What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?
I doubt my knowledge matches that of seasoned members of the guild but I can turn my hand to most writing tasks and, because I am a big beer fan, member of CAMRA and have an interest in classic pubs and bars the world over, can I hope turn that interest into something beneficial for the guild.
What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?
I’ve long admired some of the writers among the guild’s membership so there is a vicarious pleasure in being accepted as one of their number.
Pieces of work by Mick:
It is a David versus Goliath affair that has spanned centuries, countries and courthouses. Mick O’Hare delves into the bitter history of one of the world’s most famous lagers
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale has been Europe’s most successful consumer organisation. But as it turns 50, can it rise to the challenge of the twin threats of Covid and craft beer? Mick O’Hare reports