Guildford manages to combine a rich and often dramatic history with a vibrant contemporary feel. You'll find no better illustration of this coming together of the old and the new in the diverse variety of pubs in the town and its surrounding area. From hostelries of genuine antiquity through to traditional backstreet boozers and country gastropubs in pretty villages, this ancient county town and its beautiful nearby villages really do offer something for everyone.
People have been enjoying the hospitality offered by Guildford's many watering holes for centuries. Today, that reputation continues as a teeming mix of residents, students and visitors look to quench their thirst. From bustling alehouses that maintain a live music scene through to traditional taverns offering a more sedate atmosphere redolent of a seemingly bygone age, this book will guide you through the area's pub landscape.
Born in Guildford, David Rose has lived in the borough all his life. He is a local historian and writer who specialises in Guildford and Surrey's modern history from the nineteenth century up to the present day. He has an ever-increasing archive of old photographs of the area in question and also collects related items: from books and brochures to old bottles, packaging and vintage advertising. He is a main contributor for 'The Guildford Dragon NEWS', a popular online local newspaper. He is married with a teenage daughter.