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  • Since we launched The Moon Under Water we've been offering a very special benefit to those who subscribe to our top tier on Patreon (Legends Under Water). Anyone who donates £8 a month to help support the pub is forever immortalised in one of our monthly Patrons' Poems, which is included in our bonus monthly episode Behind The Cellar Door (that's available to anyone who subscribes to the top two tiers!). Landlord John takes care of the lyrics, whilst Robin looks after the music; a bit like an other-worldly version of Lennon and McCartney.


    Well, good news! To make sure the Patrons' Poems get the recognition they deserve, from next week we'll be featuring them in the final episode of the main podcast each month. That way your name will be forever inscribed in verse for the whole world to hear.


    But if you've already been included in a Patrons' Poem then fear not! This episode features all the poems that have been created so far, as well as a running commentary from John and Robin on how they went about creating each one.


    If YOU want to have your name included in a Patrons' Poem then head to moonunderpod.com and become a Legend Under Water.


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  • *This is part 2 of Oliver Peyton’s episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    In the other realm the UK is known the world over for its pubs. In fact, one could argue that it has the highest amount of good pubs per capita in the world (though we’re led to believe that Tefota in Tuvalu is a belter which might mean they take that crown). But our food has always been somewhat lacking on the world stage. That’s changing, and this week’s guest is someone that’s had the privilege of trying some of the best food Britain has to offer. It’s restaurateur Oliver Peyton!


    Oliver was a long-time judge on Great British Menu, a TV show that has made Landlord John weep openly on more than one occasion. But he’s not just an expert on food; he also knows a thing or two about alcohol, and you can be sure that his dream pub is going to be something very special.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • In the other realm the UK is known the world over for its pubs. In fact, one could argue that it has the highest amount of good pubs per capita in the world (though we’re led to believe that Tefota in Tuvalu is a belter which might mean they take that crown). But our food has always been somewhat lacking on the world stage. That’s changing, and this week’s guest is someone that’s had the privilege of trying some of the best food Britain has to offer. It’s restaurateur Oliver Peyton!


    Oliver was a long-time judge on Great British Menu, a TV show that has made Landlord John weep openly on more than one occasion. But he’s not just an expert on food; he also knows a thing or two about alcohol, and you can be sure that his dream pub is going to be something very special.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • So far the library has been stocked by over 40 books, each one detailing some aspect of the beauty of pubs (although to be fair some of those links have been quite tenuous). Our guest this week is someone whose writing sits atop one of the shelves at The Moon Under Water, it's author and genuine pub legend Pete Brown!


    After Emma Inch and Lily Waite before him, Pete is the third 'Beer Writer of the Year' to join us in the correct realm, and he is arguably Britain's most beloved writer of all things alehouse. Is there anything about beer than Pete doesn't know? Probably not; but I'm sure Landlord John and Robin will double check by asking him every possible question there is about everyone's favourite golden nectar.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • So far the library has been stocked by over 40 books, each one detailing some aspect of the beauty of pubs (although to be fair some of those links have been quite tenuous). Our guest this week is someone whose writing sits atop one of the shelves at The Moon Under Water, it's author and genuine pub legend Pete Brown!


    After Emma Inch and Lily Waite before him, Pete is the third 'Beer Writer of the Year' to join us in the correct realm, and he is arguably Britain's most beloved writer of all things alehouse. Is there anything about beer than Pete doesn't know? Probably not; but I'm sure Landlord John and Robin will double check by asking him every possible question there is about everyone's favourite golden nectar.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • *This is part 2 of Sindhu Vee’s episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    The humble pub is a place that is celebrated the world over. Whether it be an alehouse in Adelaide or a tavern in Tallinn each country seems to have it’s own publy traditions and styles that date back hundreds of years. Our guest this week is someone that has lived in a whole host of countries around the globe and, as a result, has experienced many different types of drinking establishment. It’s comedian, writer and actor Sindhu Vee.


    Despite only taking up stand-up 10 years ago Sindhu has become one of the big players in the comedy game. She’s appeared on Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You?, Have I Got News For You, Starstruck and Sex Education - all whilst touring around the world. She’s also a serial pub-goer who has indulged in her fair share of sessions. But what shape will her dream pub take? Join us at The Moon Under Water to find out.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • The humble pub is a place that is celebrated the world over. Whether it be an alehouse in Adelaide or a tavern in Tallinn each country seems to have it’s own publy traditions and styles that date back hundreds of years. Our guest this week is someone that has lived in a whole host of countries around the globe and, as a result, has experienced many different types of drinking establishment. It’s comedian, writer and actor Sindhu Vee.


    Despite only taking up stand-up 10 years ago Sindhu has become one of the big players in the comedy game. She’s appeared on Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You?, Have I Got News For You, Starstruck and Sex Education - all whilst touring around the world. She’s also a serial pub-goer who has indulged in her fair share of sessions. But what shape will her dream pub take? Join us at The Moon Under Water to find out.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • *This is part 2 of Dotun Adebayo’s episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    We’re lucky here at The Moon Under Water in that we don’t have a closing time: we’re open no matter what time of day it is, which means a pint is always available. However, the same can’t be said for all pubs. Most pubs call last orders at around midnight, and for the majority of the population that’s the perfect time to head back home for their night of slumber. But what if you work through the night and finish your shift at 6am? Where do you head for your post-work pint? Well this week’s guest knows that problem all too well. It’s radio presenter, broadcaster and writer Dotun Adebayo.


    Dotun presents on BBC 5 Live weekday mornings between 1-5am, but that hasn’t stopped him becoming accustomed to pubs all around the world. He’s an expert on the late-night alehouse scene and all the characters that occupy it, and we’re sure that he’s going to create an incredible Pub of the Mind (I’m sure it’ll be open at reasonable times too). 


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • We’re lucky here at The Moon Under Water in that we don’t have a closing time: we’re open no matter what time of day it is, which means a pint is always available. However, the same can’t be said for all pubs. Most pubs call last orders at around midnight, and for the majority of the population that’s the perfect time to head back home for their night of slumber. But what if you work through the night and finish your shift at 6am? Where do you head for your post-work pint? Well this week’s guest knows that problem all too well. It’s radio presenter, broadcaster and writer Dotun Adebayo.


    Dotun presents on BBC 5 Live weekday mornings between 1-5am, but that hasn’t stopped him becoming accustomed to pubs all around the world. He’s an expert on the late-night alehouse scene and all the characters that occupy it, and we’re sure that he’s going to create an incredible Pub of the Mind (I’m sure it’ll be open at reasonable times too). 


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • *This is part 2 of our Merry Pinstmas episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    Monday 12th April 2021 is a day that will live long in the memory for pub lovers across all realms. The pub that we thought only exists in our minds, dreams and desires emerged from the mists and opened its door for the first time to welcome a whole host of guests to create their own dream pub for real.


    Yes, The Moon Under Water has had quite the year and it’s played host to some of the most accomplished Pinstmen the world has to offer. So in celebration of making it to the end of 2021 without having to implement at-table service, Landlord John and the regular Robin Allender have decided to take a look back at the pubs we’ve created so far to create something of a “Critics Choice” pub. There’ll be some old favourites, some heartfelt stories, and plenty of beer chat too.Thank you to every single person who has joined us this year. Your support has kept the doors of The Moon Under Water wide open, and we’re looking forward to keeping those doors open throughout 2022 as well.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • Monday 12th April 2021 is a day that will live long in the memory for pub lovers across all realms. The pub that we thought only exists in our minds, dreams and desires emerged from the mists and opened its door for the first time to welcome a whole host of guests to create their own dream pub for real.


    Yes, The Moon Under Water has had quite the year and it’s played host to some of the most accomplished Pinstmen the world has to offer. So in celebration of making it to the end of 2021 without having to implement at-table service, Landlord John and the regular Robin Allender have decided to take a look back at the pubs we’ve created so far to create something of a “Critics Choice” pub. There’ll be some old favourites, some heartfelt stories, and plenty of beer chat too.Thank you to every single person who has joined us this year. Your support has kept the doors of The Moon Under Water wide open, and we’re looking forward to keeping those doors open throughout 2022 as well.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • *This is part 2 of Liam Williams’ episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    To many people the noughties was the golden age of pubs; pints for £2, The Pigeon Detectives and Babyshambles blasting out the jukebox, everyone dressed in the skinny jean / blazer combo… what’s not to love?! And even though The Moon Under Water has existed for centuries it’s able to morph itself into a pub from any given period in time. This week’s guest is someone that lived and breathed noughties pubs, and don’t be surprised if he creates a pub reminiscent of the ‘Topman’ era. It’s comedian and writer Liam Williams!


    Liam is the creator of the award winning sitcom ‘Ladhood’, which follows his life growing up in the Yorkshire town of Garforth. It details his first encounters with pubs, alcohol and everything that comes with early drinking experiences. He’s also lover of pubs no matter their shape or size, and we are so excited to hear what sort of establishment he is going to create (with or without skinny ties included).


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • To many people the noughties was the golden age of pubs; pints for £2, The Pigeon Detectives and Babyshambles blasting out the jukebox, everyone dressed in the skinny jean / blazer combo… what’s not to love?! And even though The Moon Under Water has existed for centuries it’s able to morph itself into a pub from any given period in time. This week’s guest is someone that lived and breathed noughties pubs, and don’t be surprised if he creates a pub reminiscent of the ‘Topman’ era. It’s comedian and writer Liam Williams!


    Liam is the creator of the award winning sitcom ‘Ladhood’, which follows his life growing up in the Yorkshire town of Garforth. It details his first encounters with pubs, alcohol and everything that comes with early drinking experiences. He’s also lover of pubs no matter their shape or size, and we are so excited to hear what sort of establishment he is going to create (with or without skinny ties included).


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • *This is part 2 of Jan Ravens’ episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    There’s something very peculiar going on at The Moon Under Water, because as our next guest approaches we’re still not quite sure who it is. We can’t see their face through the mists, but it sounds like it might be Hyacinth Bucket? Wait no, now it sounds like Hillary Clinton? And now it sounds like Theresa May - what the hell is going on?!


    Ah, now it makes sense. As they step out of the mist and through the doors of everyone’s favourite mystical alehouse our guest this week reveals themselves… it’s impressionist and actress Jan Ravens!


    Throughout her career Jan has appeared in a wide range of shows, including Dead Ringers, Have I Got News For You, Spitting Image and even Strictly Come Dancing. She’s also been lucky enough to appear in a wide range of pubs, having grown up on The Wirral, studied in Cambridge and worked up and down the country. Let’s hope she really goes into detail about her dream pub, and doesn’t just give us an impression of it.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • There’s something very peculiar going on at The Moon Under Water, because as our next guest approaches we’re still not quite sure who it is. We can’t see their face through the mists, but it sounds like it might be Hyacinth Bucket? Wait no, now it sounds like Hillary Clinton? And now it sounds like Theresa May - what the hell is going on?!


    Ah, now it makes sense. As they step out of the mist and through the doors of everyone’s favourite mystical alehouse our guest this week reveals themselves… it’s impressionist and actress Jan Ravens!


    Throughout her career Jan has appeared in a wide range of shows, including Dead Ringers, Have I Got News For You, Spitting Image and even Strictly Come Dancing. She’s also been lucky enough to appear in a wide range of pubs, having grown up on The Wirral, studied in Cambridge and worked up and down the country. Let’s hope she really goes into detail about her dream pub, and doesn’t just give us an impression of it.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Moon Under Water is the only ‘Pub of the Mind’ present in the further realm. However, one thing not to be forgotten is that there is an innumerable number of realms out there, and with them an innumerable number of mystical pubs, alehouses, taverns and bars. Joining us this week is the proprietor of one such establishment… it’s the one and only Mike Bubbins! 


    Mike is a comedian, writer, actor, former PE teacher and host of the amazing Socially Distant Sports bar alongside Steff Garrero and another up and coming Welsh presenter called Elis James. Whilst their bar is less about pints and wine and more about pole-vaulting and Wales it’s still an amazing place to hang out and we cannot recommend it enough. But even though Mike resides in a fantasy pub it’s not the pub of his dreams; and we can’t wait to hear what sort of place he’s going to create. 


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • The Moon Under Water is the only ‘Pub of the Mind’ present in the further realm. However, one thing not to be forgotten is that there is an innumerable number of realms out there, and with them an innumerable number of mystical pubs, alehouses, taverns and bars. Joining us this week is the proprietor of one such establishment… it’s the one and only Mike Bubbins! 


    Mike is a comedian, writer, actor, former PE teacher and host of the amazing Socially Distant Sports bar alongside Steff Garrero and another up and coming Welsh presenter called Elis James. Whilst their bar is less about pints and wine and more about pole-vaulting and Wales it’s still an amazing place to hang out and we cannot recommend it enough. But even though Mike resides in a fantasy pub it’s not the pub of his dreams; and we can’t wait to hear what sort of place he’s going to create. 


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • *This is part 2 of Dan Snow’s episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    Pubs and alcohol have played a huge part in history throughout the years. Julius Caesar regularly held meetings at his local pub ‘Draco Rubrum’, Marie Curie ran a microbrewery that specialised in DIPA’s before switching the her research in radioactivity and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ordered in 12 crates Stella ahead of the Battle of Waterloo. Now, we can’t confirm if any of those scenarios are true; but this week’s guest certainly can. It’s historian and broadcaster Dan Snow!


    Dan is one of this countries most beloved experts on all things ‘past’, and is himself a serious Pintsman. He’s a lover of old-style pubs that feel like they could crumble down at any minute. Is that because he loves the past, or is it because of the beers they serve? We’re soon to find out as he heads towards The Moon Under Water to create his dream pub.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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  • Pubs and alcohol have played a huge part in history throughout the years. Julius Caesar regularly held meetings at his local pub ‘Draco Rubrum’, Marie Curie ran a microbrewery that specialised in DIPA’s before switching the her research in radioactivity and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ordered in 12 crates Stella ahead of the Battle of Waterloo. Now, we can’t confirm if any of those scenarios are true; but this week’s guest certainly can. It’s historian and broadcaster Dan Snow!


    Dan is one of this countries most beloved experts on all things ‘past’, and is himself a serious Pintsman. He’s a lover of old-style pubs that feel like they could crumble down at any minute. Is that because he loves the past, or is it because of the beers they serve? We’re soon to find out as he heads towards The Moon Under Water to create his dream pub.


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • *This is part 2 of Abigail Newton’s episode. Though you are free to listen in whichever order you so desire we really do recommend listening to part 1 first or things might be slightly confusing*


    We’ve all been there: a beautiful pub reveals itself in the distance, resplendent in the gloaming hour. No alehouse has ever looked so inviting, so you decide to head in for the perfect pint of ale. But wait; what’s that they’re serving on draught?! 3 lagers and a fruity cider?! Where’s the real ale? Where’s the bitter?! For the love of God where’s the mild?! It’s a common problem, but thankfully this week’s guest is on a mission to keep our pubs serving a wider range of pints. It’s Abigail Newton - vice-chairman of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).


    Abigail is possibly the most passionate pint defenders in the world. Like us, she is always fixated on the small details that make pubs such special places and is committed to promoting the importance of taverns as community hubs. She’s also on a mission to make alehouses as inclusive as possible, and is often found singing the praises of one of the finest exports this country has to offer: the humble pint. 


    Want to hear an extended version of this episode, gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon!


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