Friday, 8 November 2013

The Book of Pubmanship

I've just got the Book of Pubmanship by Ronnie Corbett.

I'm not really a fan of Corbett's cabaret club-style light entertainment sketches or the golf club anecdotes and I probably wouldn't have bought the book if I hadn't read a copy at a mate's house and then spotted it second hand on Amazon for a penny.

The Book of Pubmanship was published in 1972 and sponsored by Imperial Tobacco (you read that right, a book about pubs sponsored by a tobacco company). The book deals with all the important questions: how to pick a pub, whose round is it and what to do about a hangover. Although Corbett is a spirits drinker, there's lots of interesting stuff about beer too: beer styles,  beer consumption between 1960 and 1970 and beer glasses.


  1. I only wish Ronnie Corbett had published more books to assist our enterprise culture. for one would love to read Ronnies guide to VAT returns.

  2. Presumably ghost-written? From what you've described, I'm wondering if it's got anything to do with an essay by Stephen Potter in Pub, a 1969 anthology of essays edited by Angus McGill and sponsored by the Brewers' Society.