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13th February 2017

New books from Amberley Publishing


Amberley Publishing, based in Stroud, has published a number of books on pubs and brewing recently, which may be of interest to Guild members.


Portsmouth Pubs by Steve Wallis

Brothels and taverns, alehouses and inns, Portsmouth has seen it all. Many of the old port’s drinking establishments have historic and literary associations, as well as stories of their own to tell.

Author Steve Wallis takes a unique and affectionate ‘pub-crawl’ through the watering holes of Portsmouth, looking at those that have survived town planning, management companies, and economic downturn, and the changing and evolving use of the much loved ‘local’. As they turn each page, readers can mingle with the locals, encounter the odd ghost, gasp at grisly tales and generally enjoy the rich tapestry of Pompey’s drinking life.





Brewing in West Sussex by David Muggleton

In sixth-century Sussex – the kingdom of the South Saxons – social life centred upon the alehouse. Throughout the Middle Ages, brewing remained a domestic occupation: beer was sweet, and flavoured with herbs and spices. By 1600, when Henry Stanton was brewing in Crawley, the use of hops to flavour and preserve beer had become standard practice.

The growth of the large commercial brewers was a product of the Industrial Revolution, from which era date famous West Sussex family concerns such as the Hentys of Chichester, the Ockendens of Crawley and the Constables of Littlehampton.

This fully illustrated and informative book pays homage to the brewing heritage of West Sussex while celebrating the current outpouring of creativity known as the microbrewery revolution.



St Andrews Pubs by Gregor Stewart

Despite its relatively small size, the City of St Andrews boasts more than its fair share of pubs. With most contained within the boundaries of the medieval town centre, each offers its own long and unique history. Discover the tales behind the names, explore the town’s best ‘19th holes’, where golf legends of the past and present have enjoyed a drink, or relax in the basement bar where Prince William and Kate Middleton famously courted. From the traditional, such as the Central, a long established pub with a large central bar, to the modern, such as the Rule, providing contemporary facilities within a historic building, St Andrews has pub to suit everyone.





Sheffield Pubs  by Ian D. Rotherham, Christine Handley and Mick Liversidge

Sheffield is the fourth-largest city in England and was where the Industrial Revolution began in earnest. It is renowned for its high-quality steel and fine cutlery, for its two large universities and for having, when it was built, the biggest shopping centre in Europe, yet there is so much more to know about this proud South Yorkshire city. As in many places, these pubs grew up with the city, both shaping and being shaped by its changing prosperity through the years.






For further information or review copies of any of these books, please contact:

Philip James Dean

Publicity Assistant

Amberley Publishing

The Hill, Merrywalks,

Stroud, Gloucestershire


(+44 01453 847823