I've been researching the local drinking scene over the past few weeks, and have come to the following conclusions:
1. Most hostelries in the area appear to come with the suffix 'A Thorley Tavern', e.g. The Haemoglobe Inn - A Thorley Tavern; The Royal Unmentionables - A Thorley Tavern; Rissoles - A Thorley Tavern. You get the picture.
2. One must not be misled into imagining that the epithet 'tavern' necessarily denotes an establishment where there is a cosy fire blazing in the grate, hops hanging from the tudor beams, and a busty landlady welcoming customers with a cheeky wink, accompanied by the cry of "'Ello, darlin', can I pull you off a quick one?"
3. Nonetheless, most of these 'taverns' reflect the diversity of the area, are clean and bright, sell a range of interesting beers and drinks, and most do hot food both lunchtime and evenings.
Thanks to my new millionaire friend Frank for pointing that out.