What is a Pub?

Licensed premises nowadays are more varied than ever, ranging from traditional pubs, through cafe/bars and beyond to restaurants, hotels, night clubs, off-licences and others. CAMRA has found it necessary to produce its oen definition of what constitutes a pub so that we can differentiate them clearly from other premises where alcohol is sold.

Our definition is:

The licensed premises must be: - open to and welcome the general public without requiring membership or residency; - allow free entry; - serve at least one draught beer or cider; - allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed; - have at least one indoor area not laid out for meals; - permit drinks to be purchased at a bar without relying on table service.

Mainly for the benefit of our own Branches, we have developed material intended to assist with interpreting this definition, given the almost infinite variations within licensed premises.