Ted Bruning hails originally from Wolverhampton, UK, and at a young age acquired a taste for antiquities from his father. In 1986, chance and opportunity led him to the hospitality industry and bar-trade press, which enabled him to combine his knowledge of the pub trade and love of history through books. He has written The Craft Distillers’ Handbook (2015 and 2017), the Bar Owners’ Handbook (2019), Golden Fire: The Story of Cider (2012), Merrie England: The Medieval Roots of the Great British Pub (2014) and, most recently, London Dry: The Real History of Gin (2020, excerpted in this issue). He has also published a volume of poetry, Phantastic Songs from the World Next Door, and is currently planning a change of direction with Arthur: The Last Roman.
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