What is a pub? It sounds like a daft question bearing in mind that you most likely work in the sector, and we write about them all of the time.

But the lines between pubs, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and pretty much any other place where people go to meet, have blurred in recent years.

I have had a haircut in a pub, eaten crocodile and spent more hours working at a laptop there than in an office.

Last week I even went to one that wants to be a zoo.

Society is changing and pubs are evolving to meet those needs.

The way people use the pub is different and so are the people who visit them.

A generation ago the customer base of a pub was predominantly male and almost exclusively above the age of 18.

Nowadays running a pub is unarguably a tougher game than it used to be. Pubs need to appeal to as many people as possible to be sustainable.

We have all heard the stories about pub closures but this can mask the positive way pubs have diversified to offer something new.

Food has been the most obvious driver of this but so too has accommodation, events and societies, soft drinks, stuff to keep the kids entertained and much, much more.

As the appeal of the pub changes so too is the very nature of what a pub actually is.

We explored this in the January issue of our magazine – take a look here. And we are also doing so here on our website.

 

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Check out 10 ways pubs are redefining themselves here.

One human trait that hasn't changed is the desire to socialise. We, well most of us, still like to unwind and eat and drink with like-minded people. To feel connected to the world around us.

The pub has always helped with that and continues to do so.

We have enjoyed breaking down the fundamentals of what a pub is and attempting to capture the broadness of its appeal in a new definition.

And while the nature of a pub is evolving it is managing to maintain its central role in communities up and down the country.

Long may that continue.