One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inn or public house.
- ‘Like today, London had many inns and alehouses throughout it and drinking was as popular then as it is today!’
- ‘Court cases, for instance, are straightforward in revealing that violence, often murder, was frequently under the influence of alcohol, usually in taverns or alehouses.’
- ‘Mr Thomson said: ‘It will be a traditional alehouse, selling our full range of beers plus lagers, Guinness and so on.’’
- ‘The licensing of alehouses and inns was the responsibility of justices of the peace.’
- ‘And now she was trembling on a hard mattress, awaiting the arrival of her rough bridegroom, who was currently drinking robustly in the raunchy portside alehouse in celebration of his fine fortune.’
- ‘One of his examples was the case of a brewer who sold kegs of beer to alehouses on credit but charged a price high enough to cover an interest charge and the risk of default.’
- ‘It was his team that overcame every concern from planners and heritage guardians to create a brand new alehouse in the ancient English tradition.’
- ‘The American tavern fulfilled the contradictory functions of the English tavern (transitory accommodation) and alehouse (promiscuous drinking).’
- ‘In England pubs were either inns, providing accommodation and food to wealthy travellers; or taverns, providing only wine and spirits to the local neighbourhood; or alehouses, selling only beer to a poorer clientele.’
- ‘By the 1630s there was estimated to be one alehouse for every 89-104 inhabitants in England (and that doesn't count taverns and inns!)’
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