Our January issue asks the question “what is a pub in 2017?” – so to throw wood on the debate, here are 10 pubs offering something rather quirkier than a pint and a packet of cheese & onion.

1. A zoo or a pub?

Punters can say they’re taking the kids to the zoo and actually go to the pub – and they are not even lying. Home to racoons, meerkats and monkeys – the Fenn Bell Inn, Rochester in Kent has a small menagerie and is waiting on a full zoo license. You can watch a whole video about the pub zoo here.

2. Church or pub?

Rev Graeme Dutton has moved his congregation to the pub. As Minister of the Bradford South Methodist Circuit, he started a church in Bradford Brewery’s Brewfactory. Every Monday he acts as the pub chaplain, plus he holds regular hymn & beer services.

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