Desi Pubs

The Desi Pub began as a story of resistance. First established in the 1960s to break the racist colour bar, which saw many non-white customers refused service, they have since evolved into a modern-day celebration of multiculturalism. This is how ‘desis’ – people with Indian heritage – saved failing pubs and turned them into a joyful festival of mixed grills, naans and curries all washed down with plenty of beer.

In this new book, the first of its kind, award-winning British-Asian journalist and beer writer David Jesudason travels the length and breadth of the country, visiting ‘desi pubs’ run by British-Indian landlords who have stamped their unique identity on a beloved institution and helped to challenge our preconceptions of the pub customer: from rowdy cricket fans to vibrant bhangra nights via football supporters enjoying pre-match mixed grills and beers.

Desi Pubs will take you on a journey to parts of Britain that are seldom visited. This is a celebration of 2023 Britain and the forgotten people who created our modern multicultural country.

“If you want to know more about Desi Pubs this book is coming in May” – Jay Rayner

Read a review from Boak&Bailey here –



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When people ask me where Indians eat this is now my first thought, mainly because it’s rare for the older generation to dine out en masse when home cooking is such a family-based traditional pursuit. Here the food is so good it becomes many desis’ second home. ‘I’m trying to set up a concept in the minds of people that pub food is not inferior and even better than at a good restaurant,’ says chef Deepak Kumar. ‘This is Saini’s dream project. And he’s worked very hard to make this a food and family destination.’ The pub is split in two, with the entrance – where the huge TV screen is – acting as a sports bar, while the other side is the ‘restaurant’ area. It even has an open-plan kitchen which can be viewed from a few tables, so the well-drilled operation becomes its own entertainment. David Jesudason

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Weight 599 g