Author Lynne Dyer is taking readers on a tour of local hostelries in Loughborough Pubs, a new book being published on 15th November.
As a market town conveniently located on major transport routes, Loughborough historically has offered visitors and inhabitants a large number of drinking establishments, and the town was once home to the extensive Midland Brewery Company, on Derby Road, close to the canal.
As the town grew rapidly during industrialisation, the demand for more inns, beerhouses, and off-licences grew, too. In 1889, 264 establishments were licensed to sell beer in Loughborough.
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By the 21st century this had shrunk to about a fifth of that total, and in this book Lynne Dyer surveys the drinking
establishments which were in existence immediately before the pandemic, and those that have re-opened since,
tracing their history and fortune.
The diversity of these survivors is celebrated, ranging from historic buildings such as the Loughborough Arms, in Baxter Gate, originally a coaching inn on the Earl of Moira’s land known as the Rose and Crown, which was also used as a venue for land and property auctions, inquests, and the annual celery show, to the recently constructed, such as The Project in Market Street.
Loughborough Pubs, by Lynne Dyer, will be published by Amberley Publishing on 15th November.