I read with interest the statistics and surveys freely hurled about the Irish experience (MW last week).
While surveys report how the majority of Irish pubs have weathered the storm, I wonder how many rural pubs have closed compared with town and city establishments. Are the Irish rural and village pubs surviving because they ignore the law, or because their cuisine is of such a high standard that villagers flock to the
pub and city dwellers drive out into the countryside winter and summer evenings (not just the weekend) just for the food? Please give me a survey that does not attempt to mix two very different communities and represent it as applying to all.