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The owner, tenant or manager (licensee) is known as the pub landlord or landlady, or publican.

Referred to as their "local" by regulars, pubs are typically chosen for their proximity to home or work, the availability of a particular beer or ale or a good selection, good food, a social atmosphere, the presence of friends and acquaintances, and the availability of recreational activities such as a darts team, a skittles team, and a pool or snooker table.

In Europe, it is the provision of accommodation, if anything, that now distinguishes inns from taverns, alehouses and pubs.

The latter tend to provide alcohol (and, in the UK, soft drinks and often food), but less commonly accommodation.

It is a social drinking establishment and a prominent part of British, through the Anglo-Saxon alehouse to the development of the tied house system in the 19th century.

In 1393, King Richard II of England introduced legislation that pubs had to display a sign outdoors to make them easily visible for passing ale tasters, who would assess the quality of ale sold.

During renovations in 1970, the walls of the bar were found to be made of wattle and wicker, dating back to the tenth century.

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Seán's Bar is a pub on the County Roscommon side of the town of Athlone that is Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to AD 900.

In 2004 Guinness World Records listed Seán's Bar as the oldest pub in Europe.

The Wantage law code of Æthelred the Unready proscribes fines for breaching the peace at meetings held in alehouses.

A traveller in the early Middle Ages could obtain overnight accommodation in monasteries, but later a demand for hostelries grew with the popularity of pilgrimages and travel.

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