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Gastropub

The term gastropub has only been in use since the 1990s. It was first used in Great Britain where pubs are common. We will examine the meaning of the term gastropub, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A gastropub is a pub or bar that serves alcoholic beverages as well as high-end, excellent food. A gastropub has a relaxed atmosphere, but is also refined. Foods commonly served at gastropubs are gourmet hamburgers, flatbreads, fish and chips and charcuterie platters. The word gastropub is a combination of the word gastronomy, which means the art of choosing, cooking and appreciating good food, and the word pub, which is an abbreviation of the term public house. Occasionally the term is rendered with a hyphen as in gastro-pub, but the unhyphenated form is more popular by far. The term gastropub was coined in the 1991 by David Eyre and Mike Belben, proprietors of The Eagle pub in London. The idea of the gastropub crossed into the United States within a decade.

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Examples

This time they’ve upscaled from the counter-service Epik to a full-service, sit-down place, Empire City Gastropub, which they opened a year ago in the Stein Mart-anchored Harbour Village at San Pablo near Queen’s Harbour. (The Florida Times-Union)

The first thing I noticed about Wheelhouse, a relaxed gastropub in the Design District, was the 18-foot white panel that dominated the outdoor patio, like an iceberg had cut through the hull of the establishment. (D Magazine)

A disastrous slump in trade since the Brexit vote has been blamed for the abrupt closure of an award-winning London gastropub that counted Nigella Lawson and food writer Tom Parker Bowles among its fans. (The London Evening Standard)

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