Christmas Cheer: National poem of thanks

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Pub is The Hub is again thanking publicans for their continued resilience and support of their local communities with the ‘National Poem of Thanks to Our Nation’s Publicans.’

The thank you poem for publicans called ‘The Public House’ was originally released  by Pub is The Hub and arts project INN CROWD in 2021.

The poem is written and performed by poet and actress Alexandra Ewing, the daughter of a former publican who grew up in pubs in Suffolk. Ewing also worked for a decade as front of house staff in the hospitality industry, including pubs.

To watch Alexandra Ewing read the  poem


The Public House Rumbles

By Alexandra Ewing


We hear it before we arrive

At the door you hold open like a beating heart

Voices upon chinks and clinks and sloshes and swills and bawling, singing sounds

Conducted by you

A rumble


Through the floorboards, within the walls, we feel your industry

The weaving of art and intuition with which you



Embrace a world-sized room

With a rumble


Patience is poured

And joy rolled, tapped, lightly on the tongue fizzing with Coca-Cola from the gun and

So many stories, memory eddying in the air

Lifted in the rumble


Glinting against glasses you carry in shatter-less towers

Fuelled by barrels of generosity and curiosity

It smells like beer and smoke and cheese and cheer

And crinkles the way packets of crisps

Are shared between staff and strangers when the movement shifts

This rumble


Brave as whiskey

Bold as brass

A laugh like a bell

And a warmth unmatched, built hearth upon hearth

Your house rumbles


A hum, steady and strong

Brewed, stoppered, popped with applause

That heart open with song

Worn on your sleeve next to a hand all can grasp

Beating in rhythm to your rumble.