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|Traditionally UK pubs were drinking establishments that only sold beer, wines, spirits and some non-alcoholic drinks, with the only food occasionally appearing on the menu were snacks, such as pork scratchings, peanuts and crisps.
However in the past couple of decades pub food has developed and now a food menu in a pub is nearly as important as the beer menu, with landlords serving up pub lunches and dinners affectionately known as pub grub. These days many pubs serve excellent freshly-cooked meals to rival the best restaurants in the UK and going for a 'pub lunch' is seen as very trendy past-time.
In the past 10 years, pubs that focus on serving quality food have become known as ‘gastropubs’, and these gastropubs usually have a relaxed atmosphere and a focus on offering a cuisine prepared to the standard of a fine restaurant. Gastropubs also try to offer a food menu that complements the assortment of beers and wines the pub has on offer, and staff are often trained to advise customers on choosing drinks to go with their food.
National pub chains, such as Bewsters and JD Wetherspoon, offer a standard menu across all their pubs in a very family-orientated atmosphere, complete with children’s menus, while independent pubs may offer specials or a regularly changing menu.
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