Most people enjoy visiting old inns simply because they feel a vague sense of history. This pleasure can be greatly enhanced if a few facts are known about its past. Every county in England has its share of literary pubs and inns but the southern counties are particularly blessed.
This book is a literary pub crawl around two of England’s most beautiful and least spoilt shires, Dorset and Somerset, following in the steps of famous and lesser known writers.
Here are town pubs, country pubs, village pubs, riverside pubs and seaside pubs all with one thing in common; they have been immortalised by association with books or writers. Among the many characters you will meet along the way are Lorna Doone, Sam Weller, Inspector Morse, Tess of the d’Urber villes , Barry Lyndon, The Ancient Mariner, Anne Elliot and her Captain Wentworth, The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The Mayor of Casterbridge and a Poet Laureate turned thriller writer.
The literary pilgrimage has long been accepted as a good excuse to travel. Now, if you need it, you also have a good excuse to pop down the pub…