They've served Roman soldiers, knights and poets, and have been a gathering place for communities to enjoy a brew beside a crackling fire for centuries.

Now many of Britain's watering holes are calling "last orders" for good because of soaring costs and as people adopt healthier, alcohol-free lifestyles.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), an industry body, said the number of pubs fell from 60,800 in 2000 to 45,800 in 2022.