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Difference between a free and public house?


What's the difference between a public house and a free house?
Jay, Catford


** Definitive **
Name: Steve, Ruislip
Qualification: My parents owned off-licenses
Answer: Most pubs are or were tied to specific breweries. A free house is a non-tied pub, which is free to sell any beer it chooses. Obviously you get some tied pubs who are allowed to sell a guest ale every now and then which will be agreed between breweries. A public house is just a generic term for a pub, but they can only sell beer from a certain brewery.