Girlie4 has an interesting one up about pubs and characters within.
My memory of Oz was that the pub, serving higher strength beer, was for getting happy over a few, with other matters, e.g. meals, an adjunct to that. In Britain, there are obviously watering holes and dives but on the whole, I feel far less hardcore drinking is required in a British pub, even now.
The pub grub has come to the fore and reached a new level in both locations and I did have pub meals in Oz but was more likely to have a beer at home with friends and then maybe go to a League’s club or restaurant/cafe for a meal.
In Melbourne, with it’s 2500 restaurants in middling to top category, that would be one’s first choice and then alcohol was had with the meal. Over here, it’s almost first choice to drop into one of the myriad small pubs for some grub.…