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From Taverns to Gastropubs: Food, Drink, and Sociality in England

Christel Lane


This book charts the social historical development of the English public house from the period of the Restoration to the twenty-first century, culminating in the contemporary gastropub. Continuities and differences between taverns, inns, and (gastro)pubs are highlighted, with a focus on issues around food, drink, and sociality. The analysis of food and eating out encompasses their material, as well as their symbolic properties, both historically and at the present time. One recurring theme is the constant contest between English and French cuisine for diners’ allegiance. The book studies the g ... More

Keywords: pub, tavern, inn, gastropub, food, social identity, organizational identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826187
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christel Lane, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and St. Johns College, University of Cambridge, UK